Jailed in September: Some of the criminals now behind bars
It has been another busy month for the courts. September saw a string of sex offenders, thieves, drug dealers and violent offenders being sent down for their crimes. These are some of the people from Leicestershire who are currently behind bars after sentencing hearings during September.
Jameel Khan, Ali Zarei, Sarfraz Asif, Ansar Akram, Ajmal Akram and Ryan Brockley
A gang who supplied drugs to Leicester street dealers have been jailed after police smashed their cocaine empire. Jameel Khan, Ali Zarei, Sarfraz Asif, Ansar Akram, Ajmal Akram and Ryan Brockley are all now behind bars for their crimes. The gang, including Leicester man Brockley, 34, who lived in Deepdale, Rowlatts Hill, supplied class A drugs up and down the country from Luton in the south to Middlesborough in the north.
The Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU) – a team of specialist police officers – tracked the group for six months and established the gang were selling multiple kilogrammes of cocaine to gangs across the country. The six received sentences ranging from five years to 15 years. Read the full story here.
From left to right, Ansar Akram, his brother Ajmal and Ryan Brockley (Image: Eastern Region Organised Crime Unit)
A dishonest holiday park manager swindled her bosses out of thousands of pounds by privately making bookings behind their backs to pocket the cash.
Sheena Palling, a mother of four, with previous convictions for dishonesty offences, carried out the trickery at the Ashby Woulds Lodges and Spa luxury holiday venue near Ashby, during a nine month period, netting GBP13,582 from 41 cheating transactions. The 49-year-old pleaded guilty to fraud by abuse of her position . Palling circumnavigated the booking system by changing the park’s Facebook account to display her own phone number and email address and included an option to make payments by PayPal that went directly into her own bank account.
She produced false booking numbers to cover her tracks. Read the full story here.
Damon Lane (Image: Lincolnshire Police)
A prisoner had his jail sentence added to after he threatened to kill his probation officer and go on a killing spree in Leicester city centre. Damon Lane made the threats while discussing arrangements for his release from Lincoln Jail, also threatening to burn down a police station when he was released.
Lane, 36, who is of no fixed address but is originally from Leicester, already had 39 previous convictions for a total of 76 offences. He had 14 months added onto his sentence Read the full story here.
Ardeep Takhar ran the criminal operation out of his semi-detached house in Evington (Image: Leicestershire Police)
A drugs kingpin who ran a multi-million pound criminal operation from his home in Leicester was jailed along with 21 members of his gang. More than GBP20 million’ worth of “high purity” illegal drugs – with a street value triple that – flooded into communities across the UK over a year as a result of the conspiracy masterminded by Ardeep Takhar.
Takhar, who pulled the strings of the criminal enterprise from his semi-detached home in Evington, was handed a 29-year prison sentence at Leicester Crown Court this month. The 45-year-old, formerly of Staveley Road, was responsible for arranging the importation and onward distribution of drugs – including cannabis, cocaine, amphetamines, anabolic steroids and ketamine. Read the full story here.
A burglar who broke into a takeaway and two other business premises was jailed after admitting his part in the offences.
Shawn Tully of Herle Walk, Braunstone, appeared at Leicester Crown Court and pleaded guilty to three counts of non-dwelling burglary, two counts of fraud by dishonest representation and one count of handling stolen goods. He was sentenced to a total of 46 weeks in prison. The 38-year-old admitted he burgled premises in Millstone Lane, Graham Street and Melton Road between May 24 and June 7 this year.
During the incidents, Tully broke into the premises when they were closed and stole cash, bank cards and electrical items. When Tully was arrested on June 7 he was found in possession of two tablet computers he had stolen from a takeaway in Melton Road. Read the full story here.
Daniel Andrews battered an off-duty nurse with a pan in an unprovoked attack.
The 38-year-old was jailed for causing her actual bodily harm as she crossed a garden outside a friend’s flat. He also pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm to his mother and viciously attacking her partner while he was staying with them at their home in Barwell. He was on bail at the time and he punched his mother’s partner to the ground and then hit him about 30 times before bashing him on the head with a stone.
Andrews’ mother attempted to stop him by squirting Fairy Liquid on him, but he punched her in the face. He also threatened to kill the man, who genuinely feared for his life, Leicester Crown Court was told. He was also sentenced for damaging a television and a mirror, on Sunday, June 6 this year.
The nurse he attacked had been visiting a friend in Nuneaton when Andrews appeared armed with a saucepan and struck her repeatedly about the head. Read the full story here.
Darren Vallance police custody picture (Image: Leicestershire Police)
A criminal on parole committed a spate of burglaries targeting the bags and purses of staff at five venues while they were busy working – he even took the tips people had left at one restaurant. Darren Vallance was so well known to security workers in the Loughborough area he’s “instantly recognisable” on CCTV footage, Leicester Crown Court was told.
The judge told him: “You’re a menace, a professional thief and a revolving door offender – committing offences, being punished and reoffending.” The crime spree was at locations including Browns Lane Bar and Restaurant and Loughborough Grammar School. Vallance (47), of Maple Drive, Loughborough, admitted all five offences and was jailed for two years and eight months.
Read the full story here.
A paedophile was locked up in September thanks to the bravery of his eight-year-old victim. The little girl was molested by 41-year-old Graham Moulds in 2017. Moulds thought he could keep the sexual abuse a secret, but the girl reported what he had done to her and helped the police convict him, according to the detectives who led the investigation.
In October 2018 he pleaded guilty to two counts of ‘assaulting a girl under 13 by touching’ at Leicester Crown Court, but the sentencing was delayed due to further charges. He was also accused of two counts of trying to arrange meetings with other girls through the internet and a charge of possessing indecent images of children, which he denied. But a jury found him guilty of those charges in July this year and he was back before a judge at the same court for sentencing on all the charges against him.
Moulds, of no fixed address, was sentenced to five years and three months in jail. Read the full story here.
Lord Curtis Lodge
Lord Lodge (Image: lp)
A vengeful man carried out a threat to burn down his ex-girlfriend’s caravan, despite knowing young children were sleeping nearby. A family of six, who escaped with just the clothes they stood up in, could have died if the children’s mother had not woken up “in the nick of time,”.
A judge at Leicester Crown Court said Lord Curtis Lodge was lucky not to be facing multiple counts of murder. The 33-year-old denied a charge of arson with intent to endanger lives, but a jury convicted him after a trial. As well as destroying two caravans and a static home with fixtures and fittings, damage was also caused to a lorry, fairground rides, a fork-lift truck and a garage, totalling more than GBP166,000.
The court heard Lodge, of Moorbarns Lane, Lutterworth, was on licence at the time, from a 40 month jail sentence for firing a shotgun into a Mercedes and setting the vehicle alight. The court was told the defendant set fire to his ex-girlfriend’s caravan off Wymeswold Road, Hoton, near Loughborough, after she snubbed his calls and ignored his text threats that he would wreak revenge. They had only been in a brief on-off relationship for a few months.
Read the full story here.
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