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Wesley Streete sentenced for rape, sexual assault and murder

Wesley Streete, 20, who was convicted on 5 August of the rape and murder of Keeley Bunker and the rape and sexual assault of three other victims was sentenced today at Stafford Crown Court to detention for life with a minimum term of 30 years.

| Press Release , Violent crime, Sexual offences , CPS, West Midlands News

Death of Belly Mujinga: CPS statement

Suzanne Llewellyn, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor, said: “Belly Mujinga’s death from COVID-19 aged just 47 in April was a heartbreaking event that shocked the country.

| Press Release , CPS, West Midlands News

‘Friend’ who was trusted to walk a woman home safely convicted of her brutal murder

A man who raped and killed a 20-year-old-woman after agreeing to walk her safely home following a concert has today been convicted of her murder.

| Press Release , Sexual offences, Violent crime , CPS, West Midlands News

Dangerous serial rapist sentenced to life imprisonment

A serial sex offender who carried out a string of stranger and domestic rapes spanning 22 years has been given a life sentence today (27 July 2020).

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, West Midlands News

Successful domestic abuse prosecutions during the COVID-19 pandemic: CPS West Midlands

CPS West Midlands Magistrates’ Court unit successfully prosecuted domestic abuse cases during the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are just a few cases prosecuted between March and June 2020.

| Press Release , Domestic abuse , West Midlands News

Man jailed for falsely imprisoning and raping a woman in Nuneaton

A man who falsely imprisoned and raped a woman in her 60s has been given a 17-and-a-half-year sentence.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, West Midlands News

Coventry man jailed for 13 years for rape

A Coventry man has been jailed for the rape of two vulnerable women.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, West Midlands News

CPS West Midlands: Successful hate crime prosecutions in March and April 2020

Our lawyers successfully prosecuted hate crime cases in the West Midlands in March and April 2020. Among those targeted by the defendants were police officers, security guards, a 15-year-old schoolboy, and a mother and her six-year-old child. Below are just a handful of the cases we prosecuted.

| Press Release , Hate crime , West Midlands News

UPDATED: Former dance teacher jailed for new child sex offences

A former dance teacher has been jailed for new child sexual offences, after being imprisoned two years ago for previously sexually assaulting his pupils.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , West Midlands News

CPS West Midlands: Successful COVID-19 prosecutions – March to May 2020

CPS West Midlands Magistrates’ Court unit successfully prosecuted 78 COVID-19-related cases over the past three months including incidents of emergency workers and key workers being assaulted, threatened, coughed at and spat on by people claiming to have COVID-19.


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Richard Paull
Email: richard.paull@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 02920 803950

East Midlands
Graham Buchanan
Email: Graham.Buchanan@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 0115 852 3343

East of England
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Email: gillian.andrews@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 01245 455027

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North East
Chris Black
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Telephone: 0191 260 4216

North West
Anne Collins
Email: Anne.Collins@cps.gov.uk
Telephones: 01772 208283 / 01772 208267

South East
Cheryl Pendry
Email: cheryl.pendry@cps.gov.uk
Telephones: 01227 655862 / 07876 390054

South West
Gary Cockram
Email: gary.cockram@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 0117 930 2968

Thames and Chiltern
Angie Patton
Email: Angie.Patton@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 01189 513625

Alex White
Email: alex.white1@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 02380 673809

West Midlands
Kofo Baptist
Email: kofo.baptist@cps.gov.uk
Telephone: 0203 357 0625

Yorkshire and Humberside
Elizabeth Ogborn
Email: elizabeth.ogborn@cps.gov.uk
Telephones: 0113 290 2839 / 07500 835186


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