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Man sentenced for destroying bat nest

Iain Turner, 50, from Dorset, was fined to a total over £7,142 for destroying a bat roost on Friday 11 October at Bournemouth Crown Court.

| Press Release , CPS, Wessex News

CPS statement following the sentencing of Sherry Bray and Christopher Ashford

CPS statement following the sentencing of Sherry Bray, 48, and Christopher Ashford, 62, for accessing footage of footballer Emiliano Sala’s body in the mortuary:

| Press Release , Cyber / online crime , CPS, Wessex News

‘County lines’ drug dealer found guilty of stabbing a police officer during arrest

A ‘county lines’ drug dealer was today found guilty of stabbing a police officer during his arrest for supplying drugs on 21 February 2019.

| Press Release , Violent crime, Drug offences , CPS, Wessex News

CCTV company director and her employee plead guilty to accessing footage of Emiliano Sala’s body in the mortuary

A CCTV company director and her employee have today (Friday 9 August) pleaded guilty to illegally accessing footage showing footballer Emiliano Sala’s body in the mortuary.

| Press Release , Cyber / online crime , CPS, Wessex News

Teacher jailed for abusing four schoolgirls

A paedophile PE Teacher, Sean Aldridge, was today sentenced to 12 years' imprisonment at Portsmouth Crown Court abusing four women while they were pupils aged 13 to 16 at Warblington School, Havant, between 2006 and 2012.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, Wessex News

Stephen Nicholson jailed for murdering 13-year-old Lucy McHugh

A paedophile who groomed a 13-year-old girl after moving into her family home then killed her to keep her silent has today been jailed for murder.

Stephen Nicholson began abusing Lucy McHugh from the age of 12 her after moving in with her family in Southampton.

| Press Release , Violent crime , CPS, Wessex News

Former priest sentenced for fraudulently retaining funeral fees

A former Assistant Curate was today at Winchester Crown Court sentenced to two years' imprisonment suspended for two years for committing fraud by abusing his position in retaining fees for funerals that should have been remitted to the Winchester Diocesan Board of Finance.

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

Ex-youth football coach jailed for over 24 years for abusing boys

An ex-youth football coach who carried out a 20 year campaign of sexual abuse while working at two major English football clubs has been sentenced to 24 years and 3 months imprisonment today at Winchester Crown Court  for the abuse of boys.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, Wessex News

Daniel O'Malley-Keyes found guilty of beating his partner to death

Daniel O'Malley-Keyes, 38, from Bournemouth, was today found guilty of the murder of his partner, Sharon Perrett, 37, who died in the early hours of Sunday, August 26. He was sentenced to life imprisonment, to serve a minimum term of 18 years.

| Press Release , Domestic abuse, Violent crime , Wessex News

Identity theft man sentenced for sending pictures of his genitalia

Graeme Brandon, 43, from Bournemouth was today sentenced to 30 months' imprisonment at Bournemouth Crown Court after pleading guilty to 28 offences of sending an indecent communication and pleading guilty to one offence of unauthorised access to computer data.

| Press Release , Cyber / online crime , CPS, Wessex News

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