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Showing 1 - 10 of 18 results for crime type "Violent crime" & area "Wessex"

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

Man detained for vicious attack on police officer

A man has been detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act today (12 July 2021) at Salisbury Crown Court after he attacked a police officer with a knife.

Timothy Walsh, aged 52 and from Southampton, stabbed a police officer several times in a frenzied attack in October 2020.

| Press Release , Violent crime , Wessex News

Man sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering “lifelong friend” in Havant

A 26-year-old man has today (16 June 2021) been sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering 21-year-old George Allison.

Kevin Batchelor was found guilty of murder by a jury at Winchester Crown Court on 4 June 2021.

He will now serve a minimum of 18 years in prison.

| Press Release , Violent crime , Wessex News

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

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