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Criminal cases prosecuted by the CPS are in the news every day, along with a range of issues relating to our work – from hate crime and violence against women and girls, to support for victims and witnesses, statistics and speeches.

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Showing 1 - 10 of 20 results for crime type "Violent crime" & area "Wessex"

Isle of Wight man jailed for hitting wife with a meat cleaver

A man from the Isle of Wight has been jailed after he hit his wife over the head with a meat cleaver on Christmas Eve last year, causing her a serious head injury.

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

Southampton man guilty of attempting to murder woman in the New Forest

A 27-year-old-man has been found guilty of attempting to murder a woman after he seriously assaulted her and tried to drown her in boggy water by the side of Rollestone Road, Beaulieu.

| Press Release , Violent crime , Wessex News

UPDATED WITH SENTENCE: Alton man guilty of killing woman to fund his drug habit

Sentence update: Matthew Reynolds was sentenced to life imprisonment on Friday 10 June at Winchester Crown Court. He will serve a minimum of 14 years in prison.

Originally published on 6 May 2022

| Press Release , Violent crime , Wessex News

Man sentenced for threatening security guard with a Taser

A 32-year-old man has been jailed today (11 May 2022) for five years at Portsmouth Crown Court for attempting to shoplift alcohol and threatening a security guard with a Taser outside Asda in Waterlooville.

| Press Release , Violent crime , Wessex News

Basingstoke man guilty of double murder

Update 31 March 2022: Stan Elliott was sentenced  today (31 March 2022) at Winchester Crown Court. He was sentenced to life imprisonment and will serve a minimum of 34 years in prison.

| Press Release , Violent crime , Wessex News

Man jailed for terrifying ordeal endured by elderly victims

A 26-year-old man was sentenced to 13 years in prison on Friday 21 January at Newport Crown Court for subjecting three victims, all in their 80’s, to terrifying ordeals when he burgled and robbed them in May and June of last year.

| Press Release , Violent crime , Wessex News

UPDATED WITH SENTENCE: Violent abuser guilty of causing death of unborn baby

Originally published: 4 November 2021

Update: Asa Davison was sentenced today (6 January 2022) at Bournemouth Crown Court.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment, and will serve a minimum of 12 years in jail.

| Press Release , Violent crime , Wessex News

Life imprisonment for man who murdered stepfather and left mother with life-changing injuries

A 35-year-old man has been sentenced to life imprisonment today (20 December 2021) at Winchester Crown Court having been found guilty of murdering his stepfather and attempting to murder his mother in April 2021.

| Press Release , Violent crime , Wessex News

Organised crime gang jailed for kidnap and assault

Eight men have been jailed today (12 November 2021) at Southampton Crown Court for their involvement in the kidnap and assault of a man at a property on St. Andrews Road, Southampton.

| Press Release , Violent crime , Wessex News

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

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