From a topless crook caught trying to throw drugs into prison to a robber who tried to scare a woman with a fake gun and told a witness it was his ex-wife, these are some of the dumbest criminals convicted in 2020.

Stephen Murphy was jailed for five years and three months after he tried to rob a woman’s handbag with a fake gun.

His victim realised the weapon was a fake and out him off, refusing to let go of her bag, LiverpoolEcho reports.

A passer-by saw the exchanged and tried to claim the victim was his ex-wife when a man walked past and asked if she was OK.

Murphy snatched the handbag but she grabbed it back and the man and two other members of the public ran after him.

He was later identified on CCTV and arrested at home where Murphy was still wearing the clothes he had on during the October 30 crime.

The 56-year-old admitted possessing an imitation firearm, having already been jailed for disqualified driving and possessing heroin and crack cocaine.

Terry Leach
Terry Leach, 21, was caught topless on CCTV trying to throw drugs over a prison wall

Terry Leach, 21, was caught with a stash of ecstasy, cannabis and steroids, along with other items, outside HMP Risley.

Liverpool Crown Court heard Leach raised the suspicion of a CCTV operator outside the prison as he stood topless in the middle of the afternoon.

Defence lawyer Paul Wood claimed Leah accepted he had been "stupid" and "obvious" during the attempt and even labelled the con as "unsophisticated".

He said: "When one sees the CCTV footage, it's one of the most unsophisticated offences one can imagine.

"It is all there, in full colour. These were the actions of someone who was desperate and stupid."

Judge Stuart Driver jailed Driver for four and a half years for the July 2018 crime, including 18 months of his suspended sentence, which he activated.

Neil Jackson
Neil Jackson was labelled 'stupid' by a judge

Neil Jackson was labelled as "stupid" by Judge Thomas Teague who jailed him for 20 months for ransacking a Popworld nightclub.

The 39-year-old left behind vital evidence behind in the early hours of October 14, including bank cards in his own name.

Jackson was also arrested nearby with £210 counterfeit cash which matched counterfeit notes pinned to a noticeboard in the Popworld office.

It was heard Jackson told police that he had been drinking and that he hated burgling places, "but can't survive on fresh air".

Jeffrey Wade
Jeffrey Wade led police right to his door when he took an Amazon Kindle containing sick pictures of children to a Cash Converters

Sick paedophile Jeffrey Wade led police right to his door when he took an Amazon Kindle containing sick pictures of children to a Cash Converters.

He received £15 for the device and a 28-day cooling-off period expired, but as staff went to wipe the Kindle to resell it they found disturbing images.

Pictures included snaps of babies and toddlers being molested and children as young as five or six being raped.

Wade admitted three counts of downloading and one of possessing indecent images of children, and one count of possessing prohibited images of children.

Judge Rachel Smith let Wade walk free however due to his "low likelihood of re-conviction" and mental health problems.

Smith instead sentenced him to 16 months in jail, suspended for two years, the Horizon programme, and a 40-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement.

He must also sign on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years and comply with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for five years.

Saeed Ali
Saeed Ali, 44, attempted to dupe a police officer who had caught him red-handed

Saeed Ali, 44, attempted to dupe a police officer who had caught him red-handed with a TV by claiming he was helping his friend move home.

Ali also asked the cop "why are you ginger" before continuing with his web of lies.

He claimed he had a medical condition which made him sweat, before saying he was helping his friend move house.

Ali was arrested alongside Stephen Curry, 41, and Gary Lindop, 43, after they burgled flats in Fenwick Street on July 4 2020.

The 44-year-old admitted to four counts of burglary and one count of attempted brutally, as well as possessing cannabis and sentenced to three years behind bars.

John Pearce
John Pearce stole £12,000 of designer goods but left his blood on curtains and cupboards

Another con who left evidence behind in 2020 is John Pearce who stole £12,000 of designer goods but left his blood on curtains and cupboards.

Pearce forced his way into a home on Valentine’s Day and stole a designer handbag, purse and sunglasses and more than 30 pieces of expensive jewellery.

In the act of smashing the patio doors, he left spots of his blood on curtains and cupboards around the house, which led to his arrest.

He had little choice but to admit the burglaries and was jailed for three and a half years.