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CPS South East Area News

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21/11/2017

Two convicted of Modern Slavery Act offences

Two people who arranged for underage girls to be trafficked for sexual exploitation have been convicted of offences under the Modern Slavery Act today (21 Nov).

15/11/2017

Pensioner jailed for huge weapons cache

A man who was found with 160 firearms including machine guns, rifles and shotguns at his home in Gillingham has been jailed for five years today (15 November).

15/11/2017

Former Brighton man convicted of deliberately infecting sexual partners with HIV

A man who deliberately infected at least five sexual partners with HIV has been convicted of causing grievous bodily harm.

30/10/2017

Community orders given to couple over homophobic abuse in Brighton

A man and a woman have both been handed 12 month community orders, after yelling homophobic abuse in an ongoing neighbour dispute in Brighton.

19/10/2017

Criminology students learn about the work of the Crown Prosecution Service

Two Kent based prosecutors have been talking to sixth form criminology students about their work in the CPS and the career paths they took to become prosecutors in the organisation.

17/10/2017

South East conviction rates for hate crime amongst the highest in the country

Those responsible for hate crime in Kent, Surrey and Sussex are much more likely to be convicted for their crimes than in other parts of the country.

09/10/2017

South East top lawyer joins new commission on domestic and sexual violence

CPS South East's Chief Crown Prosecutor has joined a new commission looking at domestic and sexual violence.

05/10/2017

Trio found guilty of trafficking women into UK for prostitution

Three people have been found guilty following a long-running investigation into the trafficking of vulnerable women for prostitution.

15/09/2017

Delivery driver guilty of throwing rocks at motorists in High Weald

A delivery driver who threw rocks at a series of cars in villages in on the edge of the High Weald has been convicted of causing criminal damage being reckless as to whether lives would be endangered.

08/09/2017

Prison sentence for child sex doll importation

A man has been sentenced to a total of 16 months imprisonment, after pleading guilty to importing a child sex doll in one of the first cases of its kind in the country.

05/09/2017

Man convicted of sex assaults on teenage girls in Brighton and Newhaven

A young man has been convicted of systematically sexually exploiting and assaulting teenage girls in Brighton and Newhaven.

25/08/2017

Providing more support for disabled victims and witnesses of crime in Kent, Surrey and Sussex

The Crown Prosecution Service has published an online support guide specifically for disabled victims and witnesses of crime in Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

24/08/2017

Help available for homophobic, biphobic or transphobic hate crime victims in Kent, Surrey and Sussex

If you are the victim of crime in Kent, Surrey or Sussex, the prospect of a day in court can be a daunting one.

23/08/2017

CPS commitment to tackle racist and religious hate crime in Kent, Surrey and Sussex

The top lawyer in the Crown Prosecution Service in the South East has backed the Director of Public Prosecutions’ commitment to tackling racist and religious hate crime.

22/08/2017

Tougher prison sentences for “hate crime” perpetrators in Kent, Surrey and Sussex

Defendants in Kent, Surrey and Sussex are being handed stiffer sentences because they have committed a hate crime motivated by prejudice.

21/08/2017

CPS publishes new public statements on hate crime

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has today (21 August) published new public statements on how it will prosecute hate crime and support victims in Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

16/08/2017

Jail for former Seaford teacher over non-recent sexual offences

A former teacher, who pleaded guilty at his first hearing in court to non-recent sexual offences against a pupil at a school in Seaford, has today (August 16) been jailed.

16/08/2017

Couple guilty of disability hate crime in Horsham

A man and a woman have been found guilty of verbally abusing a severely disabled man in Horsham.

08/08/2017

Fine for woman who yelled homophobic abuse in Lewes

A woman who yelled homophobic abuse at a man in Lewes has been fined £249.

03/08/2017

Convictions over death of baby in Sheppey

A man and woman have been convicted of causing or allowing the death of five-month-old Eli Cox at their home on the Isle of Sheppey.

27/07/2017

Learning more about supporting victims of forced marriage and so-called honour based violence

Representatives from the True Honour charity, which aims to raise awareness of so-called honour based violence and forced marriage, have been talking to Crown Prosecution Service staff in the South East about these issues and how they can help support victims.

27/07/2017

St Leonards man gets 19-year sentence for child sex offences

A St Leonards man has been sentenced to 19 years imprisonment for a series of sexual offences against two young girls known to him.

27/07/2017

Increased prison sentence over multiple sexual assaults

A man, who was convicted at Lewes Crown Court for a series of sexual assaults, including rape, on a girl in Worthing, has had his prison sentence increased from 10 to 15 years.

13/07/2017

Non-recent sexual offence charges against four former teachers at Sussex school

Jayne Cioffi from the CPS said: "On 12 July, four men, all former teachers at Christ's Hospital School in Horsham, West Sussex, were informed that they have been charged with non-recent sexual offences.

10/07/2017

Man jailed for raping girl in Littlehampton

A man has been jailed for 13 years for the rape of a 12-year-old girl in Littlehampton and two other attacks on her.

06/07/2017

Prison sentence for indecent assaults against teenage boys in Lancing

A man who indecently assaulted two 13 year old boys in Lancing has had his suspended prison sentence quashed and has been jailed for four years.

05/07/2017

Worthing man convicted of killing two of his partners

A man has been convicted of the murder and manslaughter of two of his partners at their homes in Worthing, after claiming they had died in their sleep and he had woken up next to them.

03/07/2017

Jail for Surrey man over child sex offences in the Philippines

A man from Ash Vale has been jailed at Guildford Crown Court, after pleading guilty to a series of child sex offences.

08/06/2017

Manslaughter convictions over building site death in Brighton

Two men have been convicted of the manslaughter of a carpenter, who fell to his death on a building site in Brighton.

01/06/2017

Community order for Snodland woman over disability hate crime

A woman from Snodland has been given an 18 month community order after verbally abusing a terminally ill girl with disabilities.

27/04/2017

Conviction over methadone toddler death in Dover

A mother, whose toddler died after taking methadone at their home in Dover, has been convicted of manslaughter.

26/04/2017

Former Kent police officer jailed over indecent images

A former Kent police officer has been sentenced to nine years imprisonment, after pleading guilty to a total of nine charges, relating to indecent photos and videos of young girls.

21/04/2017

Jail for man who attacked his partner in Cliftonville

A man who punched and strangled his partner at their home in Cliftonville, leaving her fearing that he would kill her, has been sentenced to 14 years imprisonment.

19/04/2017

Suspended jail sentence for Surrey disability hate crime

A man has been given a suspended prison sentence, after sending threatening messages to a Leatherhead woman with Down's Syndrome, in which he also mocked her disability.

13/04/2017

Commitment to support victims of domestic abuse

We will do everything we can to support victims of domestic violence as we bring their cases to court that's the commitment made in a speech by Kent's most senior prosecutor.

23/03/2017

Michael Lane jailed for life for murder

A man, who murdered his former girlfriend at her home in Portslade, after stalking her, has been sentenced to life imprisonment and ordered to serve a minimum of 25 years.

24/02/2017

Former Sussex priest jailed over further historic sexual offence

A former Sussex priest, already serving 10 years in prison for 36 historic sexual offences, has been sentenced to nine months in prison.

14/02/2017

Community order for man who verbally abused disabled woman in parking row

A man has been given a three month community order, after shouting and swearing at a disabled woman, after she challenged him about whether he had a permit to park in a disabled bay in New Ash Green.

06/02/2017

Could you be one of the next generation of top prosecutors in the country?

The sky is the limit for those applying for this year's legal trainee scheme - that's the message from the top lawyer in the Crown Prosecution Service in the South East.

30/01/2017

Fraudster sentenced for conning vulnerable Surrey pensioner

A man has been sentenced to four years imprisonment after pleading guilty to stealing around £90,000 from the account of a vulnerable Ashford pensioner who suffered from dementia and has since died.

19/01/2017

Jail for man who kidnapped and raped a teenage girl in an Epsom park

A man who was found guilty of raping a teenage girl twice at knife point in a park in Epsom has been jailed for a total of 27 years.

11/01/2017

Man convicted of multiple rapes and coercive and controlling behaviour

A man has been convicted at Canterbury Crown Court of raping a woman nine times and waging a campaign of coercive and controlling behaviour against her.

12/12/2016

Jail for man who groomed and raped girl

A man has been sentenced to 15 years in jail at Lewes Crown Court, after being found guilty of raping a girl he had been grooming for the previous five years.

29/09/2016

Jail for the murderer of an elderly man in his own home in Kent

A man has today (29 September) been jailed for life, with a minimum term of 28 years, for the murder of an elderly man in his home in Kent.

19/08/2016

Romanian man jailed for 15 years for rape and robbery

A man has been jailed for 15 years for the rape and robbery of a vulnerable 69-year-old woman in Worthing.

01/08/2016

Custodial sentence for rapist who attacked girl at her 18th birthday party

A man has been given an eight year custodial sentence for raping a girl on the night of her 18th birthday party in Kent.

29/07/2016

Jail for men who conspired to illegally bring 18 Albanians into the UK

Two men have been sentenced to a total of nine years for conspiring to bring 18 Albanians illegally into the UK.

28/07/2016

Hate crime successes publicised - July 2016

CPS South East has compiled a set of examples to demonstrate how we prosecute hate crimes.

26/07/2016

Life sentence over Bexhill murder of young mother

A man who stabbed his former girlfriend to death in her flat in Bexhill with their two young children in the house has been sentenced to life imprisonment and ordered to serve a minimum of 24 years.

15/07/2016

More convictions for hate crime in the South East

New figures show convictions for disability hate crime in the South East have seen a huge rise of more than 60% over the last year.

14/07/2016

Margate woman jailed for Internet stalking the mother of murdered toddler James Bulger

A Margate woman who admitted sending disturbing Twitter messages to the mother of murdered toddler James Bulger has been sentenced to three years in prison.

11/07/2016

Three jailed for selling drugged horses to hide health and behavioural problems

Three people have been jailed for their roles in selling horses with physical ailments or behavioural issues to unsuspecting members of the public.