While Essex’s life has faced ups, downs and disruption this year due to Covid, the criminal justice system has continued apace in the courts.
The magistrates courts in Southend, Basildon, Chelmsford and Colchester have been processing hundreds of criminals, some facing jail time, while the crown courts in Chelmsford and Basildon have seen the most serious criminals come through.
These people range from murderers, sexual abusers, violent robbers and people who abuse positions of trust for their own gain and gratification.
As we near the end of another eventful year in the county, EssexLive has pulled together a list of the criminals who have faced the most serious time behind bars for horrendous crimes, running from January through to December.
Beginning in January; 82-year-old Essex grandfather Robert Lewis was told he was ‘likely to die’ in prison after brutally murdering his wife of more than 50 years.
Lewis murdered his 76-year-old wife Janet in the home they shared in Padgetts Way in Hullbridge, Essex.
Janet was attacked by her then 80-year-old husband as she lay sleeping in her bed.
Lewis then tried to take his own life but failed. He denied murder but was convicted by a jury at Chelmsford Crown Court.
Laurence Bourne was convicted for historic child sexual abuse in Basildon between 1989 and 1992.
Now 68 years old, Bourne was convicted on Thursday, January 14 following a trial at Basildon Crown Court.
At the same court on the same day, he was jailed for six years with a further year to serve on licence.
He has also been put on the sex offenders’ register for life.
Fraudster Vidunas Tutkus was jailed for his part in a scam in which criminals posing as police officers targeted mainly elderly victims.
He persuaded their victims, aged in their 70s to 80s, to withdraw large sums of money from their accounts.
Tutkus, posing as a courier, collected the cash from them. Two victims were also asked to hand over bank cards.
He managed to steal £24,800 from four victims in this way between April and June last year.
Terence Glover was sentenced to an indefinite hospital order for 15 years after ploughing his car into a group of people which killed 12-year-old Harley Watson.
Glover, 52, hit a group of people, including school children, with his car outside Debden Park High School, Loughton at 3.20pm on Monday, December 2, 2019.
A number of other people were also injured including five teenage boys, a teenage girl, and a woman aged in her 20s.
He appeared at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday, January 8 after being charged for Harley’s manslaughter, with a concurrent 10-year sentence for the counts of attempted murder.
He will serve his sentence in a secure hospital, and will not be released until it is deemed safe to do so.
Thomas Warrick, 29 was arrested in Rochford on December 1, 2020, after drugs marketing messages were linked back to his phone number.
The 29-year-old admitted being concerned in supplying cocaine and heroin and acquiring, using or possessing criminal property when he appeared at Basildon Crown Court on January 6.
Warwick, of Prospect Close, Southend, was jailed for five years and eight months today, Monday, January 25.
Gheorghe Nica, Ronan Hughes, Maurice Robinson, Eamonn Harrison, Valentin Calota, Alexandru Hanga and Gazmir Nuzi
Four people smugglers who were responsible for the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants were jailed for a total of 78 years between them.
Ringleaders Gheorghe Nica, 43, and Ronan Hughes, 41, and drivers Maurice Robinson, 26, and Eamonn Harrison, 24, were sentenced along with three other gang members on Friday, January 22 at the Old Bailey, London.
Nica was given 27 years, Hughes was handed 20 years in prison, Harrison was sentenced to 18 years, and Robinson was jailed for 13 years and four months – all for 39 counts of manslaughter and a people-smuggling conspiracy.
Valentin Calota, 38, of Cossingham Road in Birmingham, worked with Nica to transport migrants into London once they had arrived in Essex. He was the only onward driver to stand trial at the Old Bailey, as two others had previously entered guilty pleas. He was sentenced to four and-a-half years for his part in the conspiracy.
Alexandru Hanga, 28, of Hobart Road in Tilbury, was another of those onward drivers. He pleaded guilty last April to a count of conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration. He was sentenced to three years in prison.
Finally, 43-year-old Tottenham man Gazmir Nuzi, of Barclay Road, was sentenced on Monday 11 January, after entering a guilty plea to assisting the unlawful immigration of two men who had been smuggled into the UK by the group. After picking them up from Collingwood Farm, he was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment, which he had already served.
Between 2004 and 2012, Joe Lloyd continually carried out sexual abuse upon a boy, including rape.
The abuses gradually got worse over time, but only came to light in May 2017 when they were reported to Essex Police.
Lloyd, of Ullswater Road, London, was arrested in the same month, and convicted at Basildon Crown Court in Basildon, Essex, on Thursday, February 18.
He had previously denied all charges he was accused of, but he was still convicted of 19 counts of rape and five counts of sexual assault.
On Thursday, February 25 at the same court, he was sentenced to nine years in prison, and put on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.
David Jankovic was jailed following a serious hit-and-run collision in Colchester last August.
On August 27, 2020, the 23-year-old failed to give way at the junction in Avon Way in Colchester; a junction of which he was approaching without care and at speed.
He subsequently crashed into a silver Audi A3 at such strength that the impact forced the front passenger door of the Audi open and the passenger, 39-year-old Linda Franklin, fell from the vehicle into the path of the other vehicle.
Instead of stopping at the scene, Jankovic, of Hakewill Way, Colchester, Essex, drove off.
He was subsequently charged with causing death by dangerous driving and sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court on Tuesday, February 23.
He was sentenced to four years and two months in prison, banned from driving for seven years, and will be forced to take an extended re-test.
Christopher Spooner, 42, Pattiswick Square, Basildon, Essex, created a group on an online chat programme that connected paedophiles across the globe.
This programme would be used by paedophiles to share thousands of indecent images of children with other paedophiles.
Investigating officers also found in one online chat threads that Spooner had encouraged a man to sexually abuse a child and send him videos and images of the abuse.
They found more than 14,500 indecent images and videos of children on his devices. He was jailed for 14 years including six years on licence when released.
On October 2, 2020, officers from Essex Police’s drug investigation team, Operation Raptor, were closing in on a suspect who was thought to be involved in the notorious Rico drug line between April and October 2020.
Their investigations led them to John Marshall, who on October 2 was in an Audi Q2 in Mardyke Road in Harlow, Essex.
Officers carried out a stop-and-search on those in the car.
On Marshall’s person was eight wraps of cocaine, and £1,000 in cash.
During a search in custody, officers found about 100 more wraps hidden inside his boxer shorts.
Following this, officers searched his home in Antill Road, Tottenham, and found 50 pairs of trainers, receipts totalling thousands of pounds for designer items, £3,000 in cash, and drugs.
At court hearings in October and November, Marshall, 28, admitting being concerned in the making of an offer to supply heroin and crack cocaine, possession of crack cocaine, and acquiring, using or possessing criminal property.
On February 17, 2021, he was jailed for four years at Chelmsford Crown Court.
Sufyan Elbakali and Ousama Elbakali
Brothers Sufyan Elbakali (25) and Ousama Elbakali (23), both of Alpha Place, Kilburn, were jailed this month after taking over a vulnerable person’s flat.
Officers visited the address, in Parsonage Leys, Harlow, in April 2019 to carry out a welfare check because she was at risk of being exploited by drugs gangs.
Whilst there, they questioned the woman, as well as the Elbakali brothers who were present at the address.
Following these enquiries, it became clear that the brothers didn’t know the woman personally, and officers suspected they were involved in drug dealing.
A mobile phone belonging to Sufyan Elbakali was seized by police, who found messages about drug sales.
Police also found £975 in cash beneath a mattress in the room where the brothers were found.
During their enquiries, officers also seized £1,280 in cash from an address they were linked to in Kilburn, London.
Both brothers denied three charges of being concerned in supplying a controlled drug, and one of acquiring, using or possessing criminal property but were convicted following a trial at Chelmsford Crown Court.
Ousama was jailed for seven years and Sufyan for five-and-a-half years.
The £3,255 seized by police was forfeited under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
64-year-old Sydney Jupp of Betony Crescent, Billericay, was jailed following the discovery of indecent assaults against two children in the 1970s in Billericay, Essex.
Victims came forward to police in 2017, and officers from Essex Police began investigating the crimes.
Following extensive enquiries, Jupp was summoned to court in October 2019.
On Monday, February 15, he stood trial for his crimes at Basildon Crown Court.
The jury found him guilty of eight counts of gross indecency with a child and four counts of indecent assault of a child on Thursday, February 18.
On the same day, Jupp was jailed for nine years, and will spend the rest of his life on the Sex Offenders Register.
From 2006 to 2011, Jamie Parker, 35-years-old of Sturrocks, Basildon, groomed and sexually abused a child.
Parker’s offences were brought to the police’s attention by a third party in January of last year.
Investigating officers found that Parker had divulged the abuse to another person in a text conversation in 2019, although it was not then reported by that person.
Parker was subsequently arrested and charged.
On November 12, 2020, he appeared at Basildon Crown Court and admitted engaging in penetrative sexual activity with a child.
On February 15 this year at the same court, he was jailed for four years.
32-year-old Scott Wigg, formerly of Clacton-on-Sea was handed a lengthy jail sentence after he was found guilty of a number of different sex offences including three counts of raping a child.
The offences took place over a period of four years, with one of his victims coming forward to police in October 2020. Wigg was promptly arrested by Essex Police.
In November, he admitted ten sexual offences, including three counts of raping a child at Chelmsford Crown Court.
Wigg was sentenced to 15 years in prison at the same court on Wednesday, February 17, with an additional six years on license.
He’s also been placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life.
Karl Henry, 33-years-old from Great Ranton, Pitsea, believed that he had organised a meet-up with an underage child at his home.
Henry had contacted two people online who he believed were an 11-year-old girl, ‘Jessy’, and a 12-year-old boy, ‘James’.
However, these ‘children’ were actually a team of specialist officers posing as children to catch out potential offenders.
On November 17, 2020, he’d organised to meet one of them at his own home, but instead was greeted by a team of specialist officers.
Henry is a registered sex offender, who was forced to adhere to conditions which barred him from contacting children online or otherwise.
He was also prevented from using software which prevented his internet history from being seen.
Investigating officers found that both of these conditions were breached by Henry.
Following his arrest, Mr Henry plead guilty to charges of attempting to cause a child to watch or look at an image of sexual activity, attempting to cause or incite a child to engage in sexual activity, and two counts of breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
At Basildon Crown Court on Thursday, February 11, he was sentenced to five years in prison with another four on extended licence.
He was also given an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order, and put on the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years.
Alfie Butler, from Colchester, was found attempting to kick the door down of a home of a young family, who knew him, on September 20 last year in New Road, Feering.
Essex Police had been called to the property following a disturbance that day and found the 27-year-old trying to force his way into the home.
At Chelmsford Crown Court, it was heard how Butler jumped over the gate into the back garden and tried to climb over the fence.
As the two officers tried to grapple Butler, he struck the male officer in the face before pushing the female colleague to the ground.
The officers tackled him to the floor where he repeatedly kicked the female officer and bit the hand of the male officer so hard he had to have bone fragments removed from the wound.
Both officers were left with multiple injuries as a result of the incident that day.
Butler was charged with assaulting an emergency worker, causing grievous bodily harm with intent to resist arrest.
He admitted the charges at a hearing at court where he was jailed for two-and-a-half years.
29-year-old Marti Reynolds raped a woman as she slept.
Reynolds, of Baardwyk Avenue, Canvey Island, was found guilty of the offence which took place in the seaside town of Bournemouth, Dorset.
The terrible crime happened when Reynolds had been out on a night out in 2017 with a fellow student in the town centre.
His victim returned to her address that night and invited Reynolds to stay over as a friend. She woke to discover Reynolds raping her and proceeded to get away and leave.
The following Friday, she told police what had happened and Reynolds was arrested the same day.
Reynolds was convicted of the offence on Wednesday, December 9 last year following a trial at Salisbury Crown Court.
He was found not guilty of a second rape charge involving a different woman. At Bournemouth Crown Court on March 5 this year, he was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment.
25-year-old Heine Esterhuizen was jailed for a rape he committed in his own home in 2017.
Esterhuizen tried to have sex with a woman at his home in Royal Mews, Southend-on-Sea, Essex on October 28, 2017 after a night out drinking.
Even though the woman repeatedly said no, Esterhuizen continued his advances and eventually assaulted her.
The victim reported to police what had happened on November 6, 2017 and officers arrested Esterhuizen the following day.
He denied the charge, but following a trial at Basildon Crown Court, he was convicted of three counts of rape and one count of breaching a non-molestation order.
He was jailed for six years and nine months.
Lamar Davis and a boy aged 17 at the time were both jailed for life for the murder of Lee Chapman in Southend-on-Sea, Essex.
Mr Chapman was murdered on Cromer Road in what was called a “frenzied attack” on Friday, March 6, 2020.
He was stabbed multiple times; one of the wounds punctured his heart and another punctured his lung.
Sadly, 26-year-old Lee died in hospital.
Following the attack, 18-year-old Davis of Southchurch Road, Southend-on-Sea, took the 17-year-old boy to Southend Hospital for the treatment of injuries suffered during the attacks.
Detectives were able to track this journey, which led to the arrests of Davis and the 17-year-old.
On Monday, April 26, at Basildon Crown Court, Davis was jailed for life with a minimum of 14 years and additional two years for drug offences, while the 17 year-old was given life with a minimum of 14 years.
24 year-old Tyrel Thompson, of Kingston Road, Wimbledon, was jailed for a minimum of 27 years back in December for the same murder.
Leon Wright, Wesley Hendrickson, Durald Sokoli, Brian Kinloch, Scott Heaney, and Mitchell Harris
Six men were all jailed for the murder of 25-year-old Asqeri Spaho at a property in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex in 2019.
Spaho was fatally injured during a burglary on Tintern Avenue during the early hours of the morning on December 12, 2019.
The group had broken into the home to steal cannabis that was growing inside.
Spaho was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, whilst another man was taken to hospital for treatment to a stomach injury.
At a trial at Basildon Crown Court, the jury heard how the group forced entry into the property, discarded their weapons, gloves and a balaclava at the scene, before getting back into a vehicle and driving to London.
On Friday, April 23, two of the men – Leon Wright, 32-years-old of Highbury New Park, London (N5) and Wesley Hendrickson, 32-years-old of Ashford Crescent, Enfield were each sentenced to at least 32 years imprisonment for Spaho’s murder.
They were also sentenced to 20 years, to run concurrently, for the attempted murder of another male who was at the address and seriously injured.
Four other men – Durald Sokoli, 28-years-old of Ayley Croft, Enfield, Brian Kinloch, 32-years-old of Beachcroft Way, London (N19), Scott Heaney, 23-years-old of Hurlock Street, London (N5) and Mitchell Harris, 29-years-old of no fixed abode – were convicted of aggravated burglary at the same trial, but found not guilty of murder, manslaughter, and attempted murder.
Bhusan Chettri was jailed for grooming after he pretended to be a 16-year-old boy to meet up with who he thought was a 12-year-old girl.
Over the course of a month, 36-year-old Chettri, formerly of Merchant Street in Mile End, London, sent sexual images and arranged to meet the her on December 2 last year to engage in sexual activity.
Following a joint police operation involving multiple different police forces, Chettri was arrested in Thurrock on December 2, 2020.
On January 8, he appeared at Basildon Crown Court and admitted arranging or facilitating the commission of a sexual offence against a child, and distributing indecent photographs of a child.
At the same court on April 20, he was jailed for three years and three months.
He was placed on the Sex Offenders Register and made subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order, both for an indefinite period of time.
Brett Hart, 28, of Elmden Court, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, was jailed after he sped at four pedestrians in a VW Golf on August 25, 2020, seriously injuring two of them.
Officers from Essex Police were called to Hart’s Elmden Court home after multiple reports that people armed with baseball bats were attempting to gain access to the property and attack Hart.
When police arrived, they found an injured teenage girl on the ground and three other injured people – another teenage girl and two men.
As victims tried to leave, Hart got into the driver seat of VW Golf and sped at one of the teenagers.
He then sped towards a man, crashing into his back and forcing him to roll over the bonnet before striking the second female on the back of her legs.
After she collapsed, Hart then purposely reversed over her, leaving her to become trapped under the car.
A second man tried to help, but he was also hit by Hart, who was heard laughing in his car before speeding away from the scene.
Hart was subsequently arrested, and on Monday, April 19, he was sentenced after he was found guilty following a two-week trial at Chelmsford Crown Court.
Hart was found guilty of attempted murder of one of the victims, and of attempted grievous bodily harm with intent in relation to two further victims and driving whilst disqualified and with no insurance. He was jailed for 20 years.
Abdul Hamid, Danielle Stevenson-Roberts, Lloyd Bridge, Murshed Uddin and Andrew Lay
Abdul Hamid was jailed in April as the ringleader of a multi-million pound drug network based in Maldon, Essex.
Hamid – 34-years-old formerly of Sassoon Way, Maldon – ran the Tariq drug line selling cocaine mainly in Chelmsford, Maldon, Heybridge and the Dengie Peninsula, along with his partner Danielle Stevenson-Roberts, 35-years-old formerly of Church Street, Goldhanger.
He also operated alongside his two associates – 32-year-old Lloyd Bridge of Brownbaker Court, Neath Hill, Milton Keynes, and 24-year-old Murshed Uddin formerly of Mundon Road, Maldon.
The profits were laundered through five businesses Hamid and Stevenson-Roberts ran in Maldon, including two restaurants and a tanning salon.
The pair also used money from their crimes to pay for properties and cars, including land in Tenerife and cars including Mercedes saloons and a Rolls-Royce.
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Officers suspected they were smuggling cash in their luggage during frequent visits to Tenerife.
Because of this, the pair were arrested by Border Force officials at Stansted Airport on August 18, 2019, and found £29,000 in their luggage.
The cash was seized.
The following day, Hamid failed to stop for police in The Street, Latchingdon.
He crashed into cars belonging to two members of the public in an attempt to evade police and mounted a pavement where pedestrians were walking.
He was stopped, arrested and charged with a string of driving offences.
Following an extensive investigation, all four individuals were arrested and charged, as was a drugs courier for the Tariq line – 37-years-old Andrew Lay of Victoria Road, Maldon.
All five were charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine.
Hamid, Stevenson-Roberts, Uddin and Bridge were also charged with concealing criminal property.
Hamid and Uddin were found with mobile phones in prison while they were on remand and were also each charged with offences relating to electronic transmission devices in prison.
All five defendants pleaded guilty to the offences they were charged with at hearings in September last year.
At Chelmsford Crown Court on Friday, April 17, Andrew Lay was handed a two-year suspended sentence.
Hamid, the ringleader of the Tariq line, was jailed for 18 years. Stevenson-Roberts was jailed for eight years, Uddin was jailed for seven years and three months, and Bridge was jailed for five years and two months.
On July 15 last year, police executed a warrant at an address on Mott Street, Loughton, Essex, under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
When police arrived, 31-year-old Nicholas Vizzini tried to escape out of the back door, but officers arrested him before he could flee.
When officers searched the property, they found 571 cannabis plants in various stages of growth.
They were situated all over the property, including in the living room and in three bedrooms.
More than 400 of the plants were growing in the basement of the property.
Vizzini, of Mott Street, Loughton, admitted producing cannabis when he appeared at Southend Magistrates’ Court on August 13, 2020.
He was sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court on Wednesday, April 14, and jailed for a year and four months.
Christopher Golding, Lee Collett, Lee Wilkinson, Christopher Lee Collett, Robert Aldred, Stuart Thurgood, David Wilkinson and Adam Dalby
Christopher Golding headed up the network, which smuggled cocaine through port containers before selling it on to gangs supplying west Essex, Hertfordshire, London and Suffolk.
They have earned at least £500,000 from this operation, which was stashed in Bitcoin or laundered through a pub Golding ran as a licensee.
Officers started investigating the group after reports of drug dealing was occurring.
Two of the group members, Lee Collett and Lee Wilkinson, were arrested in May 2018.
As the investigation progressed, officers identified people higher up that eventually led to Golding.
Everything culminated in dawn raids at 18 addresses in Harlow and one in Haverhill, Suffolk, in October last year. More than £100,000 in cash, assets and weapons, as well as £120,000 worth of cocaine was seized.
Golding, 39 of Hart Road, Harlow, was among seven men who admitted conspiracy to supply a class A drug when they appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court.
The others were Christopher Lee Collett, 37, of Perry Spring, Harlow, Robert Aldred, 30, of Pittmans Field, Harlow, Stuart Thurgood, 39, of Morley Grove, Harlow, David Wilkinson, 36, of Primrose Hill, Haverhill, Lee Wilkinson, 38, of Parsonage, Leys, Harlow, Adam Dalby, 36, of Wedgwood Drive, Harlow.
Golding was given 12 years in jail, while Thurgood was handed eight for being Golding right-hand man in the criminal network. Both L. Wilkinson and Dalby was sentenced to six years and eight months.
D.Wilkinson was handed a four years and eight sentence, while Aldred was jailed for two years and eight months. Collet was given the lowest sentence with two years and Gustaitas was sentenced to two years and four months.
Alan Archer, Jane Reilly, Paul Bruns and Ben Ince
Alan Archer and Jane Reilly were each given a 24 year prison sentence for the attempted murder of a man they tried to set fire to.
The victim, a man in his 40s, suffered life-altering injuries following the attack outside his home in Southend in October 2019.
The vicious attack resulted in him losing four toes and 60 per cent of his body was burnt.
The victim had gone outside after taking a phone call with Archer, who he knew prior to the incident, before CCTV footage showed him being doused with a fluid from a petrol can and set ablaze.
Reilly, 53, of Fairmead Avenue, Westcliff and Archer from Dexter Close, Grays, were arrested and charged for the attack.
Officers arrested the pair after they became suspicious of a vehicle driving past the address numerous occasions – including stopping to ask the victim’s partner is she was okay.
Paul Bruns and Ben Ince were also convicted of attempted murder for the same incident in a separate trial, and sentenced in June.
Spencer Smith, 30, from Loughton was sentenced to a concurrent jail sentence for supplying drugs and possession of criminal property.
Smith will serve six years for supplying controlled substances and three years for possession of criminal property at the same time.
The offender was arrested at his home in January 2020 after Essex Police’s Raptor officers seized seven phones, three Rolex watches, cocaine and cannabis, drug paraphernalia and around £5,000 in cash.
Simon Chilton, from Clacton-On-Sea, was put behind bars for 21 years when he was convicted for sexual assaults against children.
The 36-year-old was arrested in November 2018 when his criminal activities were exposed.
Detectives found he had been committing serious sexual crimes against two children between 2013 and 2018.
Chilton was found guilty of seven counts of rape, six counts of sexual assault, four counts of sexual assault by penetration, and one count of assault by beating.
In addition to the 21 year jail sentence, he was given an extra year on license.
Mark Brinkley, of Elizabeth Way, Harlow, has been sentenced to six years nine months after being convicted for manslaughter.
Brinkley, 26, confessed to the manslaughter of Philip Burr, 38, who was found lying unconscious at the side of the road in Potter Street, Harlow, by an officer on patrol.
A black BMW 116 series was found on fire in Roydon 40 minutes later and was later linked to the collision through forensic evidence.
Philip was taken to the Royal London Hospital but died the next day. Post-mortem ruled that he died as a result of severe trauma to his head.
Brinkley was arrested the day after the incident happened, and was charged with murder in August last year.
At Chelmsford Crown Court on Friday, April 30, Brinkley admitted being the driver of the car and pleaded guilty to manslaughter. He has also been banned from driving for five years and five months, and must take an extended re-test.
Marcel Zawolski, of Dell Road, Grays, was jailed for three years and one month for selling heroin.
Op Raptor officers investigated a drug line operating in the area at the beginning of this year and identified the 20-year-old through a phone number which drugs were up for sale.
He was arrested in February when officers searched his home and found more than £1,800 cash, a list of phone number, three phones and suspected Class A drugs.
When he was searched in custody, officers found 40 wraps of heroin and a set of electric scales hidden in his underwear.
“Sadistic” murderer Lawrence Bourke stabbed a pub landlord 70 times in a brutal killing.
Adored Swiss Bell Pub landlord Scott Gilhooly, 44, was fatally stabbed to death at his own pub in Braintree on the morning of May 17, 2020 by his lodger Bourke.
He sent evil text messages after carrying out the murder saying that he enjoyed doing it.
Bourke was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 25 years, less 367 days in custody on remand.
Since Bourke’s sentencing, Scott Gilhooly’s family have looked back on the “magnificent” legacy of the landlord, who went above and beyond to help everyone he knew.
Ryan Bourke, 41, also from Braintree, hopes that his brother will always be remembered as the “fun, loving, kind, tenacious and loyal” person he was and for how, he believes, he helped make the world a better place for others.
Essex man Jamal Walker who carried out a spontaneous hammer attack on three London Underground passengers was jailed this month.
19-year-old Walker, of Elizabeth Way, Harlow, Essex, boarded a tube train at the Walthamstow Central tube station on Thursday, October 29, 2020.
He was seen circling a central hand pole on the train, before reaching into his bag and pulling out a hammer.
Then, without warning, he launched a “vicious and sustained” attack on two men sitting on the train.
Walker repeatedly hit one of the men in the head with the hammer, whilst trying to attack the other simultaneously. Then, when the tube train pulled into the Seven Sisters station, he got off and began to attack another man standing on the platform.
Walker was jailed for 12 years, with an extended licence period of five years.
An Essex man was stabbed in the face during an argument which left him needing 185 stitches.
The victim went to meet Dylan Awulonu, 19, and another man in Gascoigne Road, Colchester at around 4.30am on December 22, 2019, to buy drugs.
But the meeting took a sour turn after they got into an argument. As the victim walked away, 19-year-old Awulonu went up to him and ‘stabbed him in the face,’ Essex Police say.
The victim was left with an injury that ran from his eyebrow to the corner of his mouth and he needed 185 stitches. His eye socket had also been shattered and he has needed a metal plate to be fitted.
The perpetrator was jailed for a total of 12 years.
A 21-year-old man threatened to shoot London Underground staff who told him he needed a ticket to use the Tube.
On September 30, 2019, Fudhail Kelali, of Snakes Lane East, Redbridge, Greater London, told a member of staff to open ticket barriers for him and a friend at Piccadilly Circus Underground station.
When the worker told him that they needed tickets, Kelali attempted to force the gate open and pushed through. He then became verbally and physically aggressive towards a member of staff, pushing them and attempting to steal their watch.
Kelali then threatened to shoot the member of staff in the head. Another worker intervened, who Kelali immediately also became aggressive towards.
He was sentenced to 22 weeks imprisonment and ordered to pay a victim service charge of £128.
A driver crashed a car into a busy Essex pub killing a popular local musician and injuring several other people.
On November 3, 2019, Bandile Xozumti was behind the wheel of a car which crashed into The Spinnaker pub in Colchester.
The crash left much of the busy pub damaged, and sadly one man was seriously injured during the crash.
Stuart McClung, a popular local musician in the band New Town Kings, later died as a result of injuries suffered in the crash. Several other people at the pub also suffered injuries during the accident.
On June 17, Xozumti was sentenced to one year in prison.
Malik Ali, Devon Thompson and Barry Smith
Three Basildon drug dealers have been jailed for a total of 28 years after copious amounts of heroin were discovered at Heathrow Airport, en-route to one of the men’s homes.
1.4 kilograms of the drug was intercepted inside five packages at Heathrow Airport, sent from Lahore in Pakistan.
The address on the packages was in Basildon, and UK Border Force agents and Essex Police officers discovered that the package was intended for 37 year-old Barry Smith, of St Anns Close, Laindon.
On June 2, Malik Ali was sentenced to 16 years in prison, Devon Thompson to seven years and eight months, whilst Barry Smith was jailed for five years.
An Essex man killed his pet dog by ‘throwing him at a fridge,’ after the dog ‘didn’t come inside when called,’ a court has heard.
Christopher Morton, 30, of Pinewood Avenue, Leigh-on-Sea appeared before Southend-on-Sea Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, May 26, following charges of causing ‘unnecessary suffering’ to his pet dog, Leo.
Morton was charged after he killed his dog by ‘throwing him at a fridge.’
He pleaded guilty to the charges but claimed that he “did not mean to do it.”
Morton was given a 16-week prison sentence and banned from keeping all animals for 10 years and ordered to pay costs of £1,304.
An Essex man assaulted two passengers on a cruise ship after they asked him to stop swearing in front of their children.
Paul Evans was aboard the P&O cruise ship on July 26, 2019 travelling between Bergen in Norway and Southampton when the attack happened.
Following an appearance at Southampton Crown Court, Evans was found guilty of two counts of assault causing actual bodily harm, and has subsequently been jailed for 21 months.
The 45-year-old, of Parkview Gardens in Clayhall near Gants Hill, Greater London was sentenced at Southampton Crown Court after he was found guilty of two counts of assault causing actual bodily harm.
The boyfriend of former Love Island star Dani Dyer has been jailed after defrauding two pensioners out of more than £34,000.
Sammy Kimmence, of Rayleigh, Essex, took the money from two elderly men between 2016 and 2018 by claiming he would invest the money for them by placing horse-racing bets on their behalf.
But instead, Kimmence spent the money on his own debts and lifestyle, including on holidays, clothes, alcohol and cocaine.
The 25-year-old pleaded guilty to four counts of fraud against Peter Martin, of Havant, Hampshire, who died last year at the age of 91, totalling nearly £26,000, as well as a fifth charge against 81-year-old Peter Haynes, from Okehampton, Devon, of £7,927.
Sentencing Kimmence at Portsmouth Crown Court, Judge Timothy Mousley QC said the fraud had been an “abuse of trust”, particularly against Mr Martin who considered the defendant to be his ‘friend.’
A paedophile from Essex posed as a young girl online whilst he collected hundreds of indecent images of children.
Investigating officers found 550 indecent images of children on a mobile phone belonging to 24-year-old Scott Chapman, of Hume Close, Tilbury, Essex.
On the same phone, Essex Police found several social media applications which Chapman was using to pose as a young girl online. They also found applications Chapman used to send indecent images of children to other people.
Police were first alerted to Chapman’s crimes after POLIT – Essex Police’s team which investigates online child abuse – received intelligence that the internet at the address had been used to view indecent images of children.
Officers carried out a search warrant at Chapman’s address on December 4, 2019, and he was subsequently charged with three counts of making indecent images of children and three counts of distributing indecent images of children.
He admitted the offences and at Basildon Crown Court on Tuesday, July 6, he was jailed for seven years.
Callum Brankin had been driving his car along the A131 Mount Hill in Halstead, Essex, at around 11am on October 12, 2019, when he crashed into 87-year-old Barbara Bragg’s vehicle.
Brankin had lost control of the blue Mini Cooper as he negotiated a slight left-bend. As he attempted to regain control, he went into the opposite lane hitting Barbara’s green Nissan Micra.
The busy road was shut for hours and Barbara was airlifted to the hospital where she sadly died. 23-year-old Callum Brankin was arrested and later charged with causing Barbara’s death.
The officers who attended the scene found evidence of recent cannabis use in the driver’s footwell and the door pockets. Tests showed that he was above the drug-driving limit at the time of the collision.
John McDonald, Philip Setterington-Saveall, Trudy Saveall and Lauren Rayner
A man was cable-tied by his wrists and legs and tortured while being kept against his will in an Essex home.
Essex Police were called on February 4 this year at around 9.30am after a woman received a number of alarming videos on Facebook messenger revealing a man was cable-tied to a walker, designed for people with disabilities.
The woman was able to help police identify two of the people in the videos as 24-year-old John McDonald and 50-year-old Philip Setterington-Saveall.
Police identified them as living at an address in Linge Avenue, where officers arrived at 1.30pm the same day and arrested them. Two other people were arrested – Trudy Saveall, 34, also of Linge Avenue, and Lauren Rayner, 21, from Exmoor Close in Chelmsford.
All four defendants admitted to a charge of false imprisonment and were sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court on July 1.
Setteringhton-Saveall was jailed for four years with a further three years on extended licence, McDonald was sentenced four and-a-half years in prison, and Saveall and Rayner were both given a 16-month sentence suspended for 24 months.
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A “predatory” retiree who sexually abused 11 children in Myanmar after travelling to the country for a guided cycling tour has been jailed.
Christopher Behn, 66, was found in possession of more than 250 indecent images of children on his laptop, according to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
He was sentenced to six years in prison at Chelmsford Crown Court on Thursday after previously pleading guilty to a series of child sexual offence charges.
Prosecutors said Behn, from Essex, had flown to Myanmar in 2016 under the premise of attending a cycling tour. After the tour, he travelled to the Nagapali Beach area where he stayed for four days.
The CPS said this is where Behn sought out vulnerable local boys, intending to sexually abuse them before he returned to the UK on November 25. It said Behn took indecent photos of 11 unidentified boys from Myanmar under the age of 13.
He was sentenced to six years in prison and a further six on extended licence, and will also be subject to a sexual harm prevention order, the NCA said.
Ionel-Octavian Stanciu and Petre Deliu
Two men burnt down a makeshift hut as two others lay sleeping inside – killing one and seriously injuring another.
On the night of June 18, 2019, Ionel-Octavian Stanciu, 39, and Petre Deliu, 54, poured petrol over a wooded hut in Ilford before setting it alight while two men lay sleeping inside.
The “sickening attack” followed a disagreement over who could live in the hut.
In a trial at the Old Bailey, the court heard how Stanciu had purchased a four-litre jerry can and filled it with petrol from a Shell station before he and Deliu headed for the hut, ready to burn it down.
One victim, Ionut Manea, 38, managed to make it out of the burning hut but died in hospital the next day after suffering 95 per cent burns across his entire body.
On July 9, Stanciu was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 31 years after being convicted of murder and causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
Deliu was also found guilty of grievous bodily harm in the same trial as well as being found guilty of manslaughter; he was sentenced to 12 years and six months in custody.
Ryan Filby, Daniel Daden, and Louis Colgate
Three men responsible for the murder of 19-year-old Liam Taylor were jailed for a combined total of more than 58 years in August this year.
Ryan Filby, 22, Daniel Daden, 20, and Louis Colgate, 19, were sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court on August 31.
Liam, known as ‘Fish’ by his family, was stabbed to death outside the Rose and Crown pub in Writtle, Essex during a brutal attack on January 31, 2020.
Emergency services rushed to the pub at around 8pm that evening following reports of an assault. Upon arrival, officers found Liam suffering from stab wounds and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
During the trial, the court heard that Liam was enjoying a few drinks with his friends at the pub before a dark coloured vehicle, a Subaru, drove erratically into the car park of the pub.
It was told to the court that four to five men wearing dark clothing and balaclavas emerged from the vehicle wielding an array of weapons including baseball bats, metal poles and knives.
The men proceeded to swing the bats around, smashing drinking glasses before finding Liam, who was fatally stabbed in the chest.
Judge Charles Gratwicke said the killing was “callous and brutal” and jailed all three men for life.
Jack Madel and Tommy Wilson
Drugged-up driver Jack Madel was jailed after killing 17-year-old boy James Esah when he struck him in a stolen car.
Madel, who had taken a controlled substance, went through a red light before hitting a Mercedes that was travelling in the opposite direction as it was turning into St John’s Road.
The car mounted the pavement and struck James, before colliding with a brick wall and rolling over.
An engineer working on roadworks at the time suffered minor leg injuries while two other people were narrowly missed.
Officers found the car had been stolen from outside Stock Brook Manor Country Club in Billericay
Madel, of no fixed address, admitted causing death by dangerous driving at Basildon Crown Court last year, but denied possessing a class A drug with intent to supply.
Wilson, also 28, of no fixed abode, denied aggravated vehicle taking but was convicted following the trial.
He had previously admitted possession with intent to supply class A drugs.
Madel was jailed for nine years and Wilson was jailed for six years and four months.
A man drove and hit two people with his car after an argument in a pub.
It was on the evening of October 26, 2019 when JJ Margetts arrived at The Foxhound pub in High Road, Orsett.
The 34-year-old was swiftly told he was barred from the pub following an earlier argument and was not allowed in. Three people inside the pub then helped ensure Margetts left.
Following a scuffle, he left but returned and began arguing with the people who helped bar staff to remove him.
The argument moved outside when Margetts proceeded to climb into his car and smash into a man and woman.
The car clipped the man’s leg but the woman was thrown over the bonnet and windscreen where she fell onto parked cars and lost consciousness.
Police confirmed she suffered broken fingers, bruising and cuts as a result of the hit.
Margetts was sentenced on Wednesday August 18 to 18 months in jail.
Oliver Skingle was required by the terms of his Sexual Harm Prevention Order to tell police if he ever bought new devices such as TVs, cameras and mobile phones when he was first sentenced for possession of indecent images of children in 2016.
But during an inspection of his home, police found the 43-year-old had gone behind their backs to buy 12 different gadgets, including smartphones, an iPad, a smartwatch and two digital cameras.
Skingle initially refused to hand over the PIN codes that would allow officers to access the gadgets.
Matthew Hyam, who worked as a professional cricket coach at Essex County Cricket Club for a number of years, covertly filmed young girls and women in changing rooms – but these were not the changing rooms at Essex County Cricket Club.
Hyam had also downloaded more than 3,000 images from the internet of young girls aged between the ages of 12 and 15.
These were found on a device seized by Essex Police at Hyam’s home in Stansted Mountfitchet, and it was concluded that Hyam had deliberately searched for and downloaded the images onto a device only he used.
Peter Graham Wells
Peter Graham Wells, 75, admitted offences against two teenage boys between 1977 and 1986.
The disgraced former teacher worked at a school in Enfield when the offences took place.
The offences Wells was sentenced for were reported to police in 2018 and 2019 after Wells had already been locked up.
Mark Norton subjected his now-estranged partner to four years of abuse, which eventually led to the woman making plans for her child to be cared for as she believed he would kill her.
The 37-year-old of Elm Road, Shoebury, would also attack the woman in front of their young child, once striking her so hard she hit a doorframe.
He even managed to control the woman’s actions from prison, demanding she be home at certain times so when he called from the prison she would answer.
In a victim impact statement, the woman said she had completely changed as a result of the abuse and now barely leaves home and rarely talks to anyone.
Billy Greenwood, 28, has been handed a three-year criminal behaviour order after shoplifting 17 times in the Broadway area of Debden, Epping Forest.
The criminal behaviour order also states he must not have any new or packaged items in his possession without a receipt.
Greenwood had admitted 17 offences of theft from a shop and was jailed for 35 weeks.
Didzis Ozols’ victim said she “never wants to see him again” after he was jailed for causing her serious injury when he ran her over at the entrance to a car park in Bardfield, Basildon, on January 29 this year.
Ozols, a Latvian national, denied causing grievous bodily harm with intent, claiming he didn’t realise he hit the woman and was too drunk to form the intention to cause her harm.
He did admit causing serious injury by dangerous driving and was locked up for three years and six months.
Daniel Moss admitted having a sexual relationship with a student who attended Lea Valley Academy where he was the director of a Football Education Programme.
The 32-year-old of Dacres Gate, Ongar, not only set up the programme, but took part in the coaching of the football and mentoring of the students.
He held an influential position at the academy and was able to take advantage of this.
Moss encouraged a sexual relationship immediately upon the victim turning 16.
Kasende Kasongo, 29, of Grosvenor Road in London, was found with contacts of known Class A drug users, plus stashes of the substance and thousands of messages linking him to the sale of drugs in Essex when police raided his home.
Kasongo was found by the Met Police to be running two county line drug dealing businesses – one in Suffolk under the name of ‘Bones’ in the Bury St Edmunds area and one being the ‘Ace’ line in Basildon, Essex.
Kasongo was charged with being concerned in the supply of cocaine and being concerned in the supply of heroin, both between September 12, 2020 and 5 May 2021 in both counties.
Richard Wardley was accused of historic child sex offences in the late 1990s and early 2000s after he befriended and groomed his young victim.
The 50-year-old, from Epping, was also found with around 100,000 indecent images of children in his home after a police search, which he pleaded guilty to.
Officers also seized several other items of digital equipment including phones, laptops, and computer hard drives. When they were forensically examined, around 100,000 indecent images of children were found.
Paul Ballard launched an attack on the woman shortly after 5am on September 19, 2020 in a hotel in Hatfield Heath.
During the incident, the 39-year-old told the victim: “Your life is ending. You’re dying tonight.”
However, the victim bravely fled the room and found a member of hotel staff, who then called the police.
Ballard, of Woodland Way, Theydon Bois, was found guilty on all counts at Chelmsford Crown Court on Friday, July 30 after denying rape, attempted rape, assault, criminal damage and threats to kill.
During a hearing at Chelmsford Crown Court on Friday, October 1, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison. That sentence will run consecutively to a nine-year-sentence which he is currently serving for an unrelated matter.
Shannon O’Boyle and Donovan Core
Shannon O’Boyle was jailed for four years and six months alongside his right-hand man Donovan Core, who was handed 33 months in prison.
The pair, both from Northampton, were running a drug line from the home of a vulnerable woman in Colchester.
They made her feel unsafe and even told her to tell police they were relatives who were visiting if she was ever asked.
But on March 31 this year, specialist officers attended the woman’s home and found them in possession of a known County Line phone number along with more than £1,000 in cash and £2,350 worth of drugs hidden in the home, including in the woman’s toilet.
When tested, the drugs proved to be 199 wraps of cocaine and 85 wraps of heroin.
When questioned, O’Boyle denied having any connection to the drugs line while Donovan replied no comment to all questions.
O’Boyle, 27, of Townsend Close, Wellingborough, was charged with being concerned in the supply of heroin, concerned in the supply of crack cocaine and possession of cannabis.
Core, 26, of The Rylstone, Wellingborough, was charged with being concerned in the supply of heroin, concerned in the supply of crack cocaine.
The pair admitted all counts and were sentenced at Northampton Crown Court on September 30.
O’Boyle was handed four years and six months in prison while Core, 26, of The Rylstone, Wellingborough, was 33 months.
Tommy Aldridge was jailed at Basildon Crown Court on Friday for a total of 37 months after admitting two counts of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs.
On August 2 this year, specialist officers from Op Raptor South entered a home in Arundel Road, Wickford, to respond to concerns that a vulnerable person’s home had been taken over by drug dealers.
Inside, they found the 21-year-old asleep on an armchair. Directly in front of him on a table were two mobile phones, knives, a sock with golf balls inside, scales and other drug paraphernalia.
Both phones, a Nokia and a Motorola, were found to be active drug lines and were used in the supply of crack cocaine and heroin.
The investigating officer had proved the Nokia had contacted drug users as recently as three and a half hours before officers entered the property.
The messages also named ‘Tommy’ as the sender.
Aldridge, of Arundel Road, Wickford, was sentenced to 31 months in jail on each count, to run concurrently.
A suspended sentence was also activated, so a further six months were added to this sentence, given a total of 37 months.
Phoenix Lee and Sheldon McKay
Phoenix Lee and Sheldon McKay were sentenced to life imprisonment when they appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court on October 11.
Officers gathered CCTV showing the pair forcing open the door where the victim, Alinjavwa Siwale, was stabbed to death.
Mr Siwale was found injured at the address in Affleck Road, Colchester, shortly after 12.15am on Friday, December 11 last year. Sadly, he was pronounced dead at the scene, having suffered multiple stab wounds.
Lee and McKay were convicted of the murder of Mr Siwale, 22, when they appeared at the same court on September 7, despite denying their involvement throughout the trial.
A second man at the address had also been stabbed and he jumped over a neighbouring fence to get help. He was taken to hospital for treatment.
Just before 1.30am on Sunday, May 23, officers patrolling Colchester town centre found a man injured outside Bodrum Kebab House in Crouch Street.
The victim, a man in his 60s, explained to officers that he had left a nightclub with a friend and while walking to the kebab shop, had been singing loudly. A group nearby had then approached them, starting a verbal argument about their singing.
During the argument, a man from the second group, 18-year-old Tyler Menzies of Walsingham Road, withdrew a knife and stabbed the victim in the chest.
The victim was treated in hospital, but thankfully his injuries were not considered life-changing.
When questioned by officers, Menzies said that he had “started smiling” after the incident and had been “born with no regrets”.
Menzies admitted the charges of GBH with intent and possession of an offensive weapon at Ipswich Crown Court on June 21.
When asked by officers if he felt any remorse, he stated “I genuinely don’t feel sorry”.
On October 19, at the same court, he was sentenced to four years and four months in prison with a further five on license.
Ashley Gibson and Julian Dumatey
Ashley Gibson and Julian Dumatey forced their way into two addresses in Palmerston Road, Westcliff on the night of August 20 this year.
During the first incident, at 8.30pm, they threatened someone inside with a knife and then assaulted them before taking keys, £40 in cash, a bank card, and cigarettes.
Immediately afterwards they forced their way into the second address armed with knives, leaving the person inside scared for their safety.
Gibson and Dumatey also assaulted a person inside the address before taking bank cards, keys, a mobile phone and cigarettes.
31 year-old Gibson, of Burney Drive, Loughton was arrested two days later while Dumatey, 26, of London Road, Westcliff was arrested the following day.
They were both charged with two counts of aggravated burglary and pleaded guilty.
At Basildon Crown Court on October 13, Dumatey was sentenced to eight years and six months in prison.
Gibson was jailed for eight years and two months with a five year extended licence.
Eddie Achunche, 45, attacked his neighbour with an electric drill in an argument over late night DIY on August 3 last year.
Officers were called to an address in Church End, Harlow, where they found Achunche still with the drill in his hand.
Achunche had been confronted by the victim who was unhappy with him that had been drilling late the previous night and had been keeping other residents awake.
Witnesses told officers they saw the argument and then saw the aftermath where the victim was lying on the floor with Achunche, of Church End, Harlow, standing over him with the drill in his hand and calling the ambulance service.
The victim, a man in his 30s, sustained serious injuries to his head and face, with the drill bit found to have gone 5cm into his brain.
He had a bleed on the brain and now has significant weakness and physical impairment on his right upper and lower limbs, he has double vision in his left eye and brain damage, resulting in memory and cognitive issues.
However, he was arrested and charged with GBH with intent and a charge of GBH without intent was added at court.
Following a trial at Chelmsford Crown Court, he was found guilty of GBH without intent and not guilty of GBH with intent on September 20.
At the same court on October 22, he was jailed for four years and six months.
Spiros Schultz was jailed after setting fire to a pub in Buckhurst Hill, while people were living in the flat above.
It happened at the Three Colts pub in Princes Road, Buckhurst Hill at around 4.50pm on Saturday February 6.
Witnesses told officers he saw Schultz then strike a match and put it through the smashed window, with the fire starting in the pub immediately.
He also told officers he then saw a black fuel canister on the floor where Schultz had been standing.
Schultz then walked off along Princes Road towards Buckhurst Hill tube station.
Meanwhile, inside the pub, a woman living in the flat above it reported hearing a bang and then fire alarms going off.
When she opened her front door she was met with smoke which got thicker as she made her way downstairs to try to get out.
She was trapped for between five and 10 minutes in the rear outside of the pub with smoke blowing in the winds toward her before she got to safety.
The train Schultz had made off on terminated in Loughton. During searches there, Schultz was recognised by a police officer and arrested.
They found a lighter and matches on him.
Schultz, of Eleven Acres Rise, Loughton, was later charged and at Colchester Magistrates’ Court on March 8, admitted arson being reckless as to whether life is endangered and breach of a restraining order.
At Chelmsford Crown Court on October 28, he was sentenced to five years and four months in prison.
Billy Johnson was spotted near Clacton-on-Sea Railway Station earlier this year making calls on a “burner” phone – an old-style mobile used by drug dealers.
When confronted by police, the 19-year-old tried to run, but was soon caught by the officers.
A search of the car park where he was caught later found the Kinder Egg full of drugs.
Johnson, of Cluny Square, Southend-on-Sea, was arrested by British Transport Police (BTP) officers.
Johnson appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court on October 26 after admitting two counts of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs and possession of Class B drugs.
James Avis was fatally punched by Radu Ciobanu earlier this year, who did not mean to kill him.
The 24-year-old Witham man assaulted Mr Avis during a fight in Hainault Avenue, Westcliff-on-Sea, at around 10.35pm on Saturday, September 25, 2021.
Ciobanu and Mr Avis had spent the afternoon and evening of September 25 drinking with a group of other people.
During the afternoon, 24 year-old Ciobanu and Mr Avis, who was 35, got into an argument and Ciobanu headbutted him.
Investigating officers were told they then resolved their differences, but got into another argument later on in the evening, at which point Ciobanu suggested they settle the matter through a fight.
They then left the address and Cobanu, of Kings Chase, Witham, punched the 35-year-old, causing him to fall to the floor and hit his head.
Mr Avis was taken to hospital and Ciobanu was initially arrested on suspicion of GBH with intent.
Sadly, Mr Avis later died and Ciobanu was further arrested on suspicion of murder and later charged with manslaughter.
Keith Palfreman was convicted of GBH with intent after attacking a woman in Talbot Avenue, Jaywick in September last year.
On the evening of September 26, 2020, the 43-year-old from Clacton, forced the victim – a woman in her 50s – to the floor before attacking her with a knife.
The woman was left in a “serious condition” with multiple wounds in her arms from the attack.
Palfreman had previously threatened the victim over a phone, accusing her of stealing it from him the day before.
At Chelmsford Crown Court on Thursday, November 4, he was jailed for seven years with a further three on licence.
Jason Hill, 28, of Steam Mill Road, Bradfield admitted 13 counts of sexual activity with a child, which he carried out between 2019 and 2020.
The girl’s mum said that the incident has been “so damaging” to her family, and that she can “never understand” why he did it.
She said: “As a mum I have tried my best to support my daughter from the moment I found out and it’s been my job as her mum to protect and support her and be there for her.
“I felt like I’d let her down as a mum as I couldn’t protect her.
“These types of people don’t come with labels on. They are clever they are calculated and manipulating.
“Please always go with your gut look out for red flags.
Joshuah Sparks, a 17-year-old killer, was jailed earlier this month for murdering father of four James Gibbons in Laindon on May 2 this year.
Mr Gibbons was stabbed in the abdomen four times by Sparks just yards from his home in Iris Mews after celebrating his twin daughters’ birthday.
Mr Gibbons had befriended a homeless man, Christopher French, and given him food. Mr French then claimed a group of teens abused him, including stealing his food, pulling his hoodie and throwing a brick.
Mr Gibbons became angry at this, and went to confront the youths, with him reportedly picking up a metal pole.
The prosecution said that while Mr Gibbons had been confrontational, he posed no threat to the youths. Despite this, Sparks, one of the group, left the scene, retrieved a knife and stabbed Mr Gibbons four times at around 9.30pm.
Sparks always denied murder, claiming his actions were in self-defence, but this was rejected by a jury after a five-week trial and he was convicted on a majority verdict.
In the hours after the murder, the teenager admitted to the stabbing in a message to a Snapchat group, adding: “I don’t care, I’m a psychopath”.
Sparks’ identity could not be reported during the trial due to his age, but following a challenge by EssexLive and other media after conviction, Mr Justice Charles Bourne chose to lift the restrictions.
Mr Justice Bourne set a minimum term of detention for Sparks at 13 years, reduced to 12 years and 155 days due to time already served on remand.
Two drug-dealing brothers posed for photos with stacks of their criminal earnings have been jailed for running an operation across Essex.
Robert and Marshall Dakadzwi
Brothers Robert and Marshall Dakadzwi were jailed following a “painstaking” police operation which saw officers identifying phone numbers and analysing call and message data over several months.
The pair had been running a drug line in Basildon between 1 December 2020 and 24 June 2021 with a network of runners working for them.
On December 13 were jailed at Basildon Crown Court to for four years and two months and four years and three months respectively.
Joe Alden-Smith was in a relationship with a woman for more than a year, in which she claimed he physically abused her and was controlling over her life.
On two occasions he physically attacked her, including jabbing her with a lighter causing bruising, and also demanded to know where she was despite her not wanting to see him.
At the end of the relationship in September this year, Alden-Smith, 19, of Sutton Court Drive, Rochford, attended the Beehive in Basildon where he had threatened a man the victim was with.
Later that evening, after the pair had been taken to a hotel by the police who were called to the venue, Alden-Smith broke the woman’s bank card and police were called once again, where he was arrested.
He was released on bail with strict instructions not to contact the woman, but on September 16, three days later, he showed up to her workplace in Eastgate Shopping Centre, Basildon, where the stalking began.
Harry Pavitt, Alexander Searle and Jay Harvey
Three men were sentenced for their roles in the spree of robberies and attempted robberies that happened within a single hour in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex.
Basildon Crown Court heard on December 7 how Harry Pavitt, Alexander Searle and Jay Harvey had been out riding in the Southend area on July 31, 2018 and had gone to a pub for the evening.
Upon leaving the pub, they made the decision to rob people they came across in London Road, Westcliff before travelling back to Basildon.
Pavitt and Harvey were on the first moped, with Pavitt driving and Harvey snatching items from people’s hands. Searle rode the second moped and would stop people from confronting the other two after the robberies.
Harvey, 20, of Wells Garden, Basildon, admitted the two robberies and attempted robberies and one theft, while Pavitt, 31, of The Slades, Basildon, and Searle, 30, of HMP The Mount, denied their involvement but were convicted by a jury in summer this year.
Thomas McGinn started a fire in a communal hallway inside a block of flats in Clacton-on-Sea earlier this year.
The 38-year-old had left a burning magazine at the bottom of a stairway inside the block in Carnarvon Road in the early hours of April 1 this year.
Police and fire crews were called to the scene of the incident where officers discovered a magazine that had deliberately been set on fire left at the bottom of the stairs.
This staircase was the only exit route for two families who lived in the flats above, meaning they would have been in considerable danger had the fire not been contained.
Nathan Hasan and Jessica Hanmore
A man and woman ran a drugs operation inside an Essex home where two young children lived.
Nathan Hasan and Jessica Hanmore were confronted by police on three separate occasions from April to June last year at Hanmore’s home in Little Bentley, Basildon.
The first time police raided the house, Hasan, 27, fled the home and managed to evade the police, while his on-and-off partner Hanmore, 28, was arrested and released on bail after drug paraphernalia and cash was found inside.
This raid uncovered 12.36 grams of cocaine and £1,150 in cash, and a CS gas canister.
Hanmore admitted allowing a property to be used to supply a controlled drug, while Hasan, of Vicarage Close, Laindon, admitted possession with intent to supply Class A and B drugs.
Finally, two teenagers were locked up for killing an innocent pedestrian when chasing a cyclist.
Neil Darnell was walking in his local town of Waltham Abbey when he was struck by a car being driven by a 17-year-old boy on April 16 this year.
Mr Darnell, 50, who was completely innocent, tragically died in hospital two weeks later from a traumatic brain injury caused by the crash.
The teenager along with Patrick O’Driscoll, 18, from Hertford, who was the passenger, were later arrested and charged with murder and manslaughter.
The 17-year-old boy from Cheshunt, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found guilty of murder while O’Driscoll was convicted of manslaughter.
The 17-year-old was given a life sentence while O’Driscoll was jailed for eight years.
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