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Showing 1 - 10 of 16 results for crime type "Violent crime" & area "Wessex"

UPDATE: Former Police Officer Sentenced for Manslaughter

Timothy Brehmer, 41, has today (28 October) been sent to prison for 10 years and six months at Salisbury Crown Court for the offence of manslaughter.

| Press Release , Violent crime , Wessex News

Jealous ex-boyfriend guilty of murder

A man who violently stabbed his ex-girlfriend to death was found guilty of murder at Winchester Crown Court on 18 February 2021.

| Press Release , Violent crime , Wessex News

Man convicted of murdering his fiancé hours after proposing

A man who brutally murdered his fiancé hours after proposing to her has today been convicted.

Mark Brandford, 49, killed his fiancé in a ferocious attack at some time between 16–17 December 2019.

| Press Release , Violent crime , Wessex News

Father given life imprisonment for murdering wife and daughter

A father of three has been found guilty of murdering his eldest child and estranged wife after he cut the victims' throats in a jealous rage. 

On Friday 18 December, Zdun, 40, was sentenced to life imprisonment and will serve a minimum of 34 years.

| Press Release , Violent crime , Wessex News

Man found guilty of brutal murder of teenager and sentenced to life

16-year-old Louise Smith went missing on 8 May 2020. Her body was found 13 days later in a remote part of Havant Thicket, following an extensive search conducted by Hampshire Constabulary.

| Press Release , Violent crime , CPS, Wessex News

County lines drug dealer found guilty of murder

A country lines drug dealer who fatally stabbed a man to get hold of his drugs has today been found guilty of murder.

| Press Release , Violent crime , Wessex News

59-year-old man stabbed and beaten by teenagers

Kieran Clarke, 18, has been sentenced today at Winchester Crown Court. Clarke was sentenced to three years' detention in a Young Offender Institution for stabbing a 59-year-old man.

| Press Release , Violent crime, Youth crime , Wessex News

72 year old paedophile sent to prison

John Butters, 72, from St Albans Close, Swindon, was imprisoned for 20 months.

| Press Release , Violent crime , Wessex News

CPS uses new technology as offender jailed for three months for attempting to deliberately infect police officers with COVID-19

The Crown Prosecution Service continues to bring criminal charges against people who attempt to deliberately infect emergency workers.

| Press Release , Violent crime , CPS, Wessex News

Driver jailed for killing a father over a road rage incident

A driver who killed a dad who was on his way to celebrate Father’s Day, has today been jailed.

On 21 June 2019, Andrzej Szaruta from Somerset was travelling to London to celebrate Father’s Day with his family. As they approached Stonehenge, he noticed a BMW driving erratically.

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

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