A retired Army officer found hanged at his Topsham home had been haunted by what he saw in combat, an inquest heard. Former Lt Col Michael Russell also suffered from anxiety and depression and was grieving for his wife of 32 years, who died after being terminally ill.
A 22-year-old man from Exmouth who sent sexts - explicit texts - to an underage girl, has been handed a suspended jail sentence and ordered to attend a sex offenders’ programme and rehabilitation by a judge at Exeter Crown Court
Stephen Collins, from Exmouth, admitted throwing a bag containing 50 ecstasy tablets over a hedge but police saw what he was doing and recovered them. They all carried an Ace of Spades logo which corresponded to messages on Collins’ phone.
a 46-year-old man from Woodbury has been slapped with a three-year ban from taking photos of anyone in any location after he took 3,000 photographs of mainly women on his mobile phone while on train journeys over a 10 month period.
Andrew Barnes, from Topsham, has been jailed for hitting victim Luke Down with four heavy blows to his head with an axe, leaving him with brain injuries which needed emergency surgery to save his life.
Convicted sex offender Darren Warren, aged 47, from Brixington, Exmouth, has been spared jail for possessing a hoard of child porn. Warren received a suspended jail sentence after enrolling on a course run by the Lucy Faithfull Foundation to address his behaviour
Ian Shaddick, from Lympstone, has been jailed for eight months at Exeter Crown Court. Shaddick, who has a history of mental illness, attacked the police and his family, brandished a knife at officers and slashed the tyres of a car.