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Showing 1 - 10 of 50 results for area "Wessex"

Portsmouth man jailed for killing his brother

A Portsmouth man has been sentenced for six-and-a-half years today (16 July 2021) at Portsmouth Crown Court after he admitted killing his brother in January 2021.

| Press Release , Violent crime , Wessex News

Man jailed for defrauding elderly victims to fund his lifestyle

A man has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison today (14 July 2021) at Portsmouth Crown Court for defrauding two elderly victims of nearly £35,000.

Sam Kimmence, aged 25 and from Essex, pleaded guilty to fraud offences at an earlier hearing in April 2021.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS, Wessex News

Man detained for vicious attack on police officer

A man has been detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act today (12 July 2021) at Salisbury Crown Court after he attacked a police officer with a knife.

Timothy Walsh, aged 52 and from Southampton, stabbed a police officer several times in a frenzied attack in October 2020.

| Press Release , Violent crime , Wessex News

School bus driver sentenced to jail for causing serious injury by dangerous driving

A school bus driver has been sentenced to three years in prison today (9 July 2021) at Winchester Crown Court after the bus he was driving collided with a railway bridge whilst transporting 74 children to school.

| Press Release , Driving offences , Wessex News

Former choirmaster sentenced to 40 years for sexual abuse

A former choirmaster and teacher from Portsmouth has been sentenced to 40 years in prison today (30 June 2021) having been found guilty of sexually abusing 12 boys and a girl over a period of three decades.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, Wessex News

Man sentenced to four years for rape

A 39-year-old man has been sentenced to four years in prison today (25 June 2021) at Bournemouth Crown Court for raping a woman after a party in 2015.

James Lidbetter, from Ringwood, was found guilty after a trial in May 2021.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, Wessex News

Early partnership work on rape and serious sexual assault cases finds improvement in key areas

Today the Government has published its action plan to increase the number of rape cases reaching court, following an end-to-end review into how the criminal justice system handles rape. The CPS took a central role in the development of this review.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , Wessex News

Man sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering “lifelong friend” in Havant

A 26-year-old man has today (16 June 2021) been sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering 21-year-old George Allison.

Kevin Batchelor was found guilty of murder by a jury at Winchester Crown Court on 4 June 2021.

He will now serve a minimum of 18 years in prison.

| Press Release , Violent crime , Wessex News

Six men jailed for conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and heroin

Six men who were part of a commercial drugs operation have each been sentenced to between five and ten years in prison today (26 March 2021).

| Press Release , Drug offences , Wessex News

UPDATE: Paedophile rapist sent to prison

UPDATE: Following a referral under the Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme, the Court of Appeal increased the minimum term of Maertens’ life sentence to 25 years.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , Wessex News

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