THIS week a paedophile was jailed for 14 years, a psychotic killer had his sentence delayed after bizarre behaviour and a pesky pensioner dodged prison.

Anthony Lane of Mayflower Road, Droitwich was jailed for 13 counts of indecent assault in the 1980s, beginning when his victim was just 13 years old.

The assaults started in the town's Lido swimming pool and escalated to much worse acts of sexual abuse. However, he was brought to justice after an astonishing display of courage from the survivor who shunned the use of a screen to look the predator in the eye.

The 78-year-old, who must serve at least two thirds of that sentence in jail, looked ashen-faced as he learned his fate from Judge Nicolas Cartwright at Worcester Crown Court on Thursday.

It was case in which the survivor of his vile abuse read out her victim personal statement in court.

Read more about the survivor's exceptional courage here. Read how how announced the verdict and sentence here.

Meanwhile, the sentence of a Worcester killer following new bizarre and alarming behaviour had to be delayed this week because of his mental health issues. Karl Hardwick, now 37, kicked a dad-of-four to death outside St Paul's Hostel in Worcester when he was 17.

Karl Hardwick, who has a conviction for manslaughter, appeared at Worcester Crown Court over videolink from HMP Hewell for a series of ‘strange’ and violent incidents in Worcester, including cutting grass with a pair of scissors in Chedworth Drive, Warndon.

Because treatment options and the defendant's mental health are still being explored the judge took the decision to delay the sentence until January 25.

Problem pensioner James Evans of Bath Road, Worcester was spared an immediate jail sentence this week after the prolific and Anti-Semitic letter-writer compared the BBC to ‘Nazis’ and ranted at ‘idiot’ city police.

Evans, 74, who has mental health issues, had already been served with a restraining order which prohibited him from contacting BBC Hereford and Worcester in Hylton Road and the city’s MP, Robin Walker. However, he began breaching the order yet again from April 8 last year, sending BBC Hereford and Worcester nearly 200 letters. When arrested he described police as ‘helpless idiots’.

Michael Dack, 72, of Queen Elizabeth Road, Malvern was alleged to have hit a man in the chest with an axe near Upton on September 4, 2018 but was cleared by a jury.

Here is the report about the trial itself which was written before he was acquitted. Read about how he was cleared here.