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CPS South West News

Date

Outline

16/11/2017

Nephew of Rose West jailed

Steven Letts (39), the nephew of notorious serial killers Fred and Rosemary West was jailed on Tuesday at Gloucester Crown Court for 18 years.

10/11/2017

Fraudsters jailed for John Lewis shopping scam

An organised group who manipulated receipts from John Lewis appeared at Blackfriars Crown Court for sentencing.

10/11/2017

Men involved in mass brawl sentenced

Dennis Odunwo and Claude Gumbs appeared before His Honour Judge William Hart yesterday (Thursday 9th November) for sentencing following a mass brawl outside a Clifton Nightclub in March this year.

31/10/2017

Man sentenced for non-recent sexual abuse

Maurice Wall (76), of Burnham on Sea, Somerset appeared at Bristol Crown Court (yesterday 30th October) for sentencing having pleaded guilty to a series of historic sexual offences.

30/10/2017

Couple who live streamed abuse of child sentenced

A couple from Plymouth were jailed for 17 years on Thursday 26th October after live streaming the abuse of a young child over the internet to a woman in America.

17/10/2017

Record numbers receive tougher hate crime sentences

Record numbers of tougher hate crime sentences are being passed by the courts after applications made by the CPS, data published today (Tue 17 Oct) reveals.

17/10/2017

Man convicted of murder following knife attack on asylum seeker

A man who stabbed his neighbour to death in a racially motivated and unprovoked attack has today, 17th October been convicted of murder at Bristol Crown Court.

12/10/2017

56 people sentenced for drug trafficking across South West England

Fifty-six people have been sentenced for their parts in a drug trafficking operation across South West England.

10/10/2017

Job Opportunity - Senior Responsible Officer

The Police and Crime Commissioner, in partnership with Avon & Somerset Criminal Justice Board, has secured Home Office funding from the Police Transformation Fund to conduct a review to transform the local criminal justice service.

09/10/2017

Richard Budd convicted of non-recent sexual offences

Richard Budd (75) of Weston Super Mare appeared at Taunton Crown Court today (9th October) for sentencing, having pleaded guilty to non-recent sexual offences at an earlier hearing.

04/10/2017

Ball jailed at Exeter Crown Court for non-recent sexual offences

John Ball (65) appeared at Exeter Crown Court for sentencing having been found guilty of non-recent sexual offences, dating back a decade ago.

29/09/2017

Motorway stone throwing culprits jailed

Peter Nugent (18) of Lawrence Weston, Bristol and Jordan Arendorf (18) of Saltmarsh Drive, Bristol appeared before Mr Recorder Grice for sentencing at Bristol Crown Court today (Friday 29th September) having been found guilty at an earlier hearing for throwing objects onto moving vehicles on M5 and M49 motorways, between April and June 2016.

25/09/2017

Pensioner jailed for sexual assaults on children

Graham Boyle (79), originally of Bridgewater, appeared at Taunton Crown Court on Friday 22nd September for sentencing following his trial in which he was found guilty of a succession of sexual assaults on children under 13 years old.

18/09/2017

Steven Joyce - sentence doubled

Steven Joyce of Erme Drive, Ivybridge, Devon, was convicted in May this year for the indecent assault of male persons who were in his care at a Devon Boarding School during the 1980s.

13/09/2017

Former Scout leader jailed

Shaun Hudd (22) of Lawrence Weston, Bristol appeared before His Honour Judge Lambert at Bristol Crown Court for sentencing having been found guilty of a series of sexual offences.

13/09/2017

Neighbour jailed for racially aggravated threatening behaviour

Ryan Gobey (24) was jailed for 12 months yesterday (12 Sept) at Gloucester Crown Court for racially aggravated threatening behaviour, possession of a bladed article and racially aggravated harassment.

13/09/2017

Dealer who unlawfully sold art jailed

A Cotswold art dealer, who unlawfully sold dozens of paintings depicting many famous names, has been jailed for four years at Gloucester Crown Court.

11/09/2017

Plymouth drug dealers sentenced

Five men have today been sentenced at Plymouth Crown Court having been found guilty by a jury of supplying cocaine and cannabis in Plymouth.

11/09/2017

Human Traffickers jailed

Four Czech nationals who made a victim retract his evidence in a human trafficking trial and held him against his will in the Czech Republic and persuaded another witness not to attend court to give evidence have been jailed for 18 and half years today, 11 September, at Plymouth Crown Court.

01/09/2017

Plymouth man admitted importing childlike sex dolls

A Plymouth man who tried to import childlike sex dolls has appeared for sentencing today (Friday 1st September) at Plymouth Crown Court having pleaded guilty to all counts at an earlier hearing.

22/08/2017

Chyna Crew Sentencing

Three men who were found guilty by a jury at Exeter Crown Court yesterday have today been sentenced to a total of 61 years.

22/08/2017

Repeat Offender jailed at Bristol Magistrates’ Court

William Clutterbuck (22) of Lakeshore Drive, Hartcliffe, Bristol appeared at Bristol Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Monday 21st August) charged with a string of offences which included burglary, fraud and theft.

21/08/2017

Rival gang members guilty of kidnap, rape and possessing a firearm

Three members of an Exeter street gang who kidnapped and raped a woman they believed was working for a rival gang have been found guilty at Exeter Crown Court today 21st August 2017.

18/08/2017

Ex-boyfriend kidnaps former partner

Joe Shopland (25) of Newland Walk, Bristol appeared at Bristol Crown Court for sentencing having been found guilty of kidnapping.

18/08/2017

Frome man sentenced to imprisonment for a string of non-recent sex offences

The trial of Mark Hoddinott (51) at Taunton Crown Court drew to close on Wednesday 16th August.

15/08/2017

Disqualified driver caught behind the wheel of vehicle

Darren Herse (45) of Hotwells Road, Bristol was caught driving despite being disqualified and having no insurance.

15/08/2017

Michael Magic found guilty of Voyeurism

Michael Magic appeared before His Honour Judge Lambert at Bristol Crown Court, for sentencing, having pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing for the charge of voyeurism, recording a private act at his home in March 2016.

11/08/2017

This week in the dock - Bristol Magistrates' Court

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is an independent judicial agency responsible for the preparation and presentation of criminal prosecutions in the UK. In its role as the public prosecutor, the CPS works closely with the courts, the police and other agencies in the criminal justice system.

09/08/2017

Man guilty of non-recent sex offences

Alan Blakemore (50), of Long Sutton has appeared at Taunton Crown Court for sentencing today Wednesday 9th August, following his admission to non-recent sexual offences.

04/08/2017

In the dock - Bristol Magistrates' Court round up

Yesterday (Thursday 3rd Aug) was a busy day in court for CPS Crown Prosecutor Nicole Miebai. Here we take a look at cases which were heard in court three, by magistrates, chaired by Mrs Mellor.

28/07/2017

Man jailed for child sex offences

Robert Skerman (38) of Redway Drive, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentencing following his conviction by a jury for a number of sexual offences against a child including rape.

28/07/2017

Three men jailed for brutal murder of Stephen Bull at recreational park

Joshua Buscombe (24), Jordan Bishop (21) and Daniel Altass (22), all from St Austell have today been sentenced to a total of 54 years at Truro Crown Court for the brutal manslaughter of Stephen Bull.

26/07/2017

Andrew Toms jailed for 19 years

Andrew Toms (51) appeared before Judge Julian Lambert at Bristol Crown Court where he was sentenced to a 15 year jail term followed by four years extended licence for the brutal multiple rape of a woman.

25/07/2017

Dwayne Bailey guilty of raping teenager

Dwayne Bailey (24) appeared before Judge William Hart where he was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment for the brutal rape of a teenager having been found guilty by a jury of seven men and five women at Bristol Crown Court.

25/07/2017

Jordan Sweetlove jailed for brutal rape

Jordan Sweetlove, 25, who was living in a bail hostel in Filton at the time of the offence, has been jailed for four years after pleading guilty to two rapes at Bristol Crown Court.

07/07/2017

Pensioner jailed over non-recent sexual abuse

David Rogers (83) appeared before Plymouth Crown Court yesterday (6 July) for sentencing following abuse against three children.

28/06/2017

Driver who did not stop after an accident given custodial sentence

Chloe Coles (20) appeared before Bodmin Magistrates Court charged with careless or inconsiderate driving, failing to stop at an accident and failing to report an accident.

20/06/2017

Cornwall Care Home Manager Convicted

Former Registered Manager at Ismeer Residential Care Home, Gorran Haven, Cornwall, Lisa Thomas (42) of St Blazey has today been sentenced at Truro Crown Court in relation to the neglect of a person who lacks capacity, contrary to section 44 of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

19/06/2017

CPS welcomes visit from Pupillage Barristers

Pupillage Barristers Adam F. Griffiths and Ryan Morgan, both from Queen Square Chambers, and Grace Flynn, from Guildhall Chambers, visited Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in Bristol today (Monday 19th June).

07/06/2017

Directors and staff of Devon care homes convicted of abuse of residents

Four company directors and nine employees have been sentenced in relation to the abuse of vulnerable residents at care homes in Devon.

25/05/2017

Three teenagers jailed for vicious killing

Teenagers Abdulmalik Adua (17), Rezwan Islam (19) and Bilal Moosajee (19) were sentenced at Bristol Crown Court on Wednesday 24th May for a total of 41 years for the killing of Gloucester man Paul Pass.

24/05/2017

Flatmate guilty of manslaughter

Viktorija Ratiuk (31) appeared at Bristol Crown Court for sentencing having been found guilty by a jury of the manslaughter of Romualds Baluls.

10/05/2017

Private Tutor jailed for sexual assault

Terence Lai, 54 appeared at Exeter Crown Court on Friday 5th May charged with sexual assault of a child under 13 years old.

02/05/2017

Man jailed for sexually abusing young girls

Damien Treavartha (34) of has today been sentenced at Exeter Crown Court for a string of abuse on young girls.

02/05/2017

Former Jackanory Presenter jailed for historic sexual assault

87 year old former Jackanory presenter John Earle was sentenced to 4 years imprisonment at Exeter Crown Court on Friday 28th April for historic sexual assault offence.

21/04/2017

Dwain Rogers jailed for child sex abuse

Dwain Rogers (24) appeared before His Honour Judge Tabor at Gloucester Crown Court on Thursday 20th April, charged with causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

11/04/2017

Former Nurse jailed

Former Torbay nurse, George Anderson 27 appeared at Exeter Crown Court and has today been jailed for 19 years and four months following the rape of a 3 year old child.

10/04/2017

Suspended sentence for killer of rare butterflies

Phillip Cullen (57) who illegally captured and killed one of Britain’s rarest butterflies, the Large Blue was spared jail on Friday 7th April as he appeared at Bristol Magistrates Court for sentencing.

07/04/2017

Uninsured driver sentenced

Joseph Ashmead (25) of Brislington appeared before Bristol Crown Court yesterday charged with dangerous driving, contrary to section 2 of the road traffic act.

30/03/2017

Couple sentenced following admission of mistreating baby

A couple from Bristol have been jailed after a 10-week-old baby was found to have suffered 14 fractures to his body.

29/03/2017

Frank Halliday guilty of stealing from elderly man

Frank Halliday (58) appeared before Cheltenham Magistrates Court yesterday charged with stealing from an elderly gentleman in his own community.

29/03/2017

Lee Stoodley guilty of causing death by careless driving

Lee Stoodley was sentenced at Taunton Crown Court yesterday, (March 28), after being convicted of death by careless driving while over the drink drive alcohol limit.

22/03/2017

Lee McClatchley sentenced to life in prison

Lee McClatchley (31) has today been sentenced to life in prison at Bristol Crown Court following a three week trial.

22/03/2017

Steven Sharpe jailed for the murder of teenager

Steven Sharpe (31) of Cheltenham appeared at Bristol Crown Court yesterday for the first day of his trial for the murder of teenager Camran Green (17) following a fatal stabbing.

17/03/2017

Man guilty of capturing and killing rare butterflies

Phillip Cullen (57) was found guilty yesterday at Bristol Magistrates Court of capturing and killing one of the UK's rarest butterflies.

14/03/2017

Driver jailed for dangerous driving

Yesterday 14th March 2017, at Bristol Crown Court, Clive Hill (42) was found guilty of Dangerous Driving, Driving whilst Disqualified, No Insurance and failing to stop for Police.

01/03/2017

Street Preachers guilty of religiously aggravated public disorder

The case of two evangelical Christian preachers accused of religiously aggravated public disorder concluded at Bristol Magistrates Court, yesterday Tuesday 28th February.

27/02/2017

Man sentenced for shooting child with air gun

Jordan Walters (25) appeared before Judge Julian Lambert at Bristol Crown Court on Friday (24th Feb) for sentencing having pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to causing grievous bodily harm to an 18-month-old child.

22/02/2017

HGV driver guilty of causing death by dangerous driving

On Tuesday 21st February at Truro Crown Court, Joseph David Smith (30) was sentenced to 32 months imprisonment, disqualified from driving for 5 years and required to pass an extended driving test for Causing Death by Dangerous Driving, Contrary to Section 1 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 whilst in control of an HGV Car Transporter.

15/02/2017

Bath councillor Donal Hassett guilty of drugs conspiracy

Following an eleven-day trial at Bristol Crown Court, Donal Hassett, who was a Conservative Councillor for Bath and North East Somerset, has been convicted of conspiracy to produce cannabis.

14/02/2017

Paediatrician pleads guilty to the making and distribution of indecent images

Forty-seven-year-old Jonathan Walsh has today (Tuesday 14th February) pleaded guilty at Exeter Crown Court for the making and distributing of indecent images.

27/01/2017

Lorry firm owner and mechanic jailed for manslaughter following deaths of four people in Bath

Two men who failed to properly maintain a lorry which killed four people, including a young girl, have been jailed for a total of 13 years 9 months today (Fri 27 Jan).

22/12/2016

Lansdown Lane - Men convicted of unlawful killings

Matthew Gordon and Peter Wood have today been convicted at Bristol Crown Court of the unlawful killings of a four-year-old girl and three adult men.

07/12/2016

Charlie Broadway guilty of murder

Charlie Broadway has been found guilty of the murder of Wilf Isaacs Senior at a travellers' site in Ilton, Somerset on Thursday 5 May 2016, and the attempted murder of Wilf Isaacs Jnr. William Broadway and John Broadway were found guilty of the manslaughter of Mr Isaacs Snr.

12/10/2016

Former PCSO sentenced to 24 years imprisonment for child rape and sexual assault

A former Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) has been sentenced to 24 years imprisonment following a trial at Truro Crown Court, after being found guilty of three counts of rape of a child and one count of sexual assault.

30/06/2016

CPS South West response to HMCPSI report

Important steps to improve the service to victims and witnesses by CPS South West are having a positive impact, following the implementation of an action plan to address the recommendations of Her Majesty's Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI).

28/06/2016

CPS needs you to help improve how we prosecute hate crime and violence against women and girls

"Hate crimes and violence against women and girls have a devastating impact on not only the individuals involved but the wider community. We need your help to improve how we deal with these cases and the service that we provide to victims and witnesses", said Barry Hughes, Chief Crown Prosecutor, CPS South West.

20/06/2016

Five people charged with defrauding NHS Trust

The CPS has authorised Gloucestershire police to charge five people with fraud offences committed against Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundations Trust.

16/11/2015

Three guilty of murder of Cornish pensioner

Today at Truro Crown Court a jury found three people guilty of the murder of Terry Oldham, 63, from Camborne.

13/11/2015

Pair sentenced for Becky Watts murder

Nathan Matthews and Shauna Hoare have today been sentenced for their roles in the death of Bristol teenager Becky Watts.

11/11/2015

Nathan Matthew guilty of murdering Becky Watts

Today at Bristol Crown Court, Nathan Matthews has been found guilty of the murder of Becky Watts while his girlfriend Shauna Hoare has been convicted of her manslaughter.

17/08/2015

Child sex offender expelled from Thailand given 15 years

A former Weston-super-Mare man expelled from Thailand to face child sexual abuse charges has been jailed for 15 and a half years and Bristol Crown Court Today.

29/07/2015

Man charged in relation to Bristol woman's death

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has today authorised Avon and Somerset police to charge a man in relation to the death of a 22 year old Bristol woman.

23/07/2015

135 years for Liverpool to Devon drugs gang

Nineteen men who were convicted of drugs offences were sentenced today, receiving a total of more than 135 years imprisonment between them.

14/07/2015

Former Clifton College teacher charged with possession of indecent images

The CPS has today authorised Devon and Cornwall police to charge a former teacher with possession of indecent images.

06/07/2015

Man charged with murder of Melanie Road after cold case review

The CPS has authorised Avon and Somerset police to charge Christopher Hampton with the murder of Melanie Road, who was killed near her home in Bath in 1984.

03/07/2015

CPS authorises Mark Doggrell to be charged with GBH

The CPS has today authorised Avon and Somerset police to charge Mark Doggrell with GBH in relation to an incident involving a member of the Hunt Saboteurs Association.

22/06/2015

Further charges in Becky Watts murder case

The CPS has authorised further charges in relation to the murder of Becky Watts, 16, from St George in Bristol.

15/05/2015

Luchiano Barnes sentenced for Nicholas Robinson murder

Luchiano Barnes, 19, from Bristol, was today sentenced to serve 23 years imprisonment for the murder of Nicholas Robinson.

14/05/2015

Luchiano Barnes guilty of Nicholas Robinson murder

Luchiano Barnes, 19, of Denbigh Street, Bristol, was today found guilty of murder by a jury at Bristol Crown Court, following a three-week trial. He admitted a charge of conspiracy to purchase a firearm.

24/03/2015

Christopher Higgs jailed for defrauding women

Christopher Higgs, 30, from Helston in Cornwall, was today given a custodial sentence of 5 years and 2 months at Plymouth Crown Court for defrauding women out of tens of thousands of pounds.

12/03/2015

CPS authorises charge of two men for murder of Jason Betts

The Crown Prosecution Service has today authorised Avon and Somerset Police to charge two men with the murder of 38-year-old Jason Betts in Yate, South Gloucestershire.

06/03/2015

CPS authorises further charges in relation to death of Becky Watts

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has today authorised Avon and Somerset Police to charge a further four people in connection with the death of 16 year old Becky Watts.

04/03/2015

CPS authorises charges in relation to death of Becky Watts

The Crown Prosecution Service has today authorised Avon and Somerset Police to charge a 28-year-old man with the murder of 16 year old Becky Watts.

01/03/2015

Glastonbury man charged with murder

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has today authorised Avon and Somerset police to charge a man with the murder of Lisa Winn.

26/02/2015

Six sentenced for conspiracy to supply drugs in Somerset

Today at Taunton Crown Court, five people were sentenced for their involvement in a drug and money laundering outfit. Another man was sentenced for his part in the scheme on 24 February.

20/02/2015

Seven Bristol City supporters given Football Banning Orders

The Crown Prosecution Service has successfully applied for Football Banning Orders against seven defendants who appeared on Thursday 19 February at Bristol Crown Court, banning them from matches for a minimum of three years. They had all pleaded guilty to football-related disorder offences at a hearing in December 2014.

09/02/2015

CPS statement in relation to alleged assault of member of Hunt Saboteurs Association

In response to a number of enquiries we have received in relation to the alleged assault of a member of the Hunt Saboteurs Association, CPS South West has released the following statement:

26/01/2015

Man charged for Gloucester machete killing

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) today authorised Gloucestershire police to charge a man in relation to the killing of Zac Evans.

23/01/2015

Patrick Curran guilty of 2003 Delabole murder

Patrick Curran has today been found guilty of the murder of Joan Roddam by a jury at Truro Crown Court.

20/01/2015

Teacher jailed for sex with student

Simon Parsons, 52, from Gloucestershire, has today been sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment for having sex with a student.

13/01/2015

Two charged with Gloucestershire attack

The Crown Prosecution Service has today authorised Gloucestershire police to charge two men in relation to a serious attack on a man in Redmarley, Gloucestershire.

01/01/2015

OBE for CPS Crown Advocate

James Ward, a Crown Advocate for CPS South West, was awarded an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in the New Year's Honours list for services to law and order and to the community.

28/11/2014

Final seven sentenced for Bristol child sexual exploitation case

Seven men have been sentenced to serve more than 40 years in prison following their convictions for child sexual exploitation offences earlier this week.

28/11/2014

No charge in Melanie Hall investigation

The Crown Prosecution Service has decided there is insufficient evidence to charge a 45-year-old Bath man in relation to the death of Melanie Hall.

27/11/2014

13 convicted of child sexual exploitation in Bristol

Thirteen men have been convicted of sexual offences against vulnerable young people and a further two of drugs offences following three trials at Bristol Crown Court.

06/08/2014

Life sentence for Daniel Spencer for killing ex-wife

Following a trial at Bristol Crown Court, Daniel Spencer, 59, from Cheltenham, was today handed a life sentence the murder of Jane Wiggett, at her Cheltenham home.

24/07/2014

Driver faces court for death of Freddie Hussey

A driver has been issued with a summons following the death of three-year-old Freddie Hussey in Bristol in January this year.

16/07/2014

Asher Maslin jailed for murder of Hollie Gazzard

Asher Maslin, 22, from Cheltenham, was today sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Hollie Gazzard in gloucester in February.

11/07/2014

Man charged with hospital stabbing

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has today authorised charge of a 61 year old man in relation to a fatal stabbing in a Gloucestershire hospital.