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UPDATED with sentence: Hospital electrician pleads guilty to further necrophilia offences

UPDATED: 7 December 2022 Fuller was sentenced to four years in prison for these offences to run concurrently to his existing life sentence for two murders. 

| Press Release , Sexual offences , South East News

“Psychopath with a conscience” convicted of double murder

A man who claimed in a text to a friend that he was a “psychopath with a conscience” has been convicted of the murder of two women.


Two men guilty of rape in Brighton city centre

Two men have been found guilty of raping and sexually assaulting a woman in Brighton. Ashley Lewis and Dylan Holden acted together, taking advantage of a 17-year-old woman who was so intoxicated she was unable to walk without assistance.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , South East News

Conviction for the murder of Kent Police PCSO Julia James

A man has been found guilty of murdering Kent Police PCSO Julia James, as she walked her dog in the woods near her home.

| Press Release , Violent crime , South East News

Football ban for supporter guilty of homophobic abuse at Premier League game

A supposed football fan has been banned from watching live games for shouting homophobic abuse at a Premier League match.

| Press Release , Hate crime , South East News

Man convicted of murdering his partner

A man has been convicted of murdering his partner, whose body was found in woods near Guildford.

| Press Release , Violent crime , South East News

Ex-boyfriend sentenced for acid attack while disguised as a woman

A former medical student who threw acid in the face of his ex-girlfriend while disguised a woman has today been jailed.

| Press Release , Violent crime , South East News

Man who posted racist video after Euro Finals pleads guilty

A man has pleaded guilty today  (Wednesday 6 October) to sending an obscene message via a social network after posting a racist video about England black football players after the Euro 2020 final in July.

| Press Release , Hate crime , CPS, South East News

CPS statement on a charge following Euro 2020 final

Mark Tavender, CPS Senior Crown Prosecutor, said: “The Crown Prosecution Service has authorised Kent Police to charge Bradford Pretty, 49, with sending an obscene message via a social media network.

| Press Release , Cyber / online crime , CPS, South East News

Mother sentenced for the manslaughter of her 20-month-old baby

A mother who abandoned her baby for six days while celebrating her 18th birthday has been jailed for manslaughter

| Press Release , CPS, South East News

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