Charged and In Court: April 2021
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Some of our cases during April 2021 which have led to charges and/or convictions in court.
Sentencings during the month have included a man who was sentenced to 18 years imprisonment after being found guilty of the attempted murder of his former partner, an organised crime group who hid class A drugs in a cereal box jailed for a total of more than 50 years and a man sentenced to nine years imprisonment after being convicted of raping a teenage girl.
Man who ran over ex-partner jailed for 18 years
A man who repeatedly ran over his former partner in an attempt to kill her has been sentenced to 18 years in prison.
Immediately after the incident on 3 December 2019, Zack Coleman sent messages to a family member stating he thought he had killed her – and, when arrested around an hour later, asked police if she was still alive.
Twenty-six-year-old Coleman committed the offence in Sturdee Road, Leicester, before fleeing in his Ford Kuga to Blaby – where he was found by officers.
On 15 January, following a trial at Leicester Crown Court, he was found guilty of one count of attempted murder. He pleaded guilty to breaching a restraining order at an earlier hearing.
Organised crime group jailed after drugs found hidden in cereal box
Four members of an organised crime group who hid class A drugs in a cereal box have been jailed for more than 50 years between them for their part in supplying drugs.
Officers from East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) carried out a covert operation in 2019 into the supply of class A drugs in Birmingham, Leicester and Peterborough.
The main ring leader, Eashan Chowdhury, arranged for his ‘workers’ to travel to various locations and collect wholesale amounts of heroin.
Man jailed for nine years after being found guilty of rape
A man has been jailed for nine years after being found guilty of raping a teenage girl in Hinckley.
Kristian Jackson, 28, of Ashby Road, Hinckley was sentenced at Leicester Crown Court.
He was also issued with a sexual harm prevention order, a restraining order and will be placed on the sex offenders register.
Man sexually assaulted woman while she was sleeping
A man has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a woman as she was sleeping.
Barry Hancox, 48, of Clarence Road, Hinckley had been standing trial charged with sexually assaulting a woman at another address in Hinckley in December 2018.
He had denied the offence but was convicted by a jury at Leicester Crown Court today. He has been released on conditional bail and is due to be sentenced on 5 July.
Two jailed in connection with Leicester drugs supply
A man who ran a controlled phone line to supply class A drugs throughout the county has been jailed.
Fabian Evans, 35, was sentenced to seven years and five months imprisonment after pleading guilty to charges of possession with intent to supply heroin and cocaine and being concerned in the supply of cocaine and heroin.
Co-offender, Luke Coleman, was sentenced to two years and five months imprisonment after previously pleading guilty to charges of possession of class A drugs and being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.
Amazon employees jailed for theft offences
A couple who abused their position working at a distribution centre in Kegworth have been jailed after admitting their involvement in more than £100,000 worth of theft.
A police search at the couple’s home discovered a large quantity of items in their original packaging within the home and a car outside.
Items included, laptops, iPads, headphones, perfumes, clothing, mobile phones, beauty products and other electrical items, to the value of nearly £50,000. However the true extent of their crimes was said to be worth more than £100,000.
Maria Stricescu, 51, was sentenced to two years and seven months in prison after admitting fraud by abuse of position, removing criminal property from England and converting criminal property.
Lucian Leonte, 37, was sentenced to two years and seven months in prison after admitting fraud by abuse of position and removing criminal property from England.
“I just want to know why it happened” – Motorcyclist lost sight in eye after egg was thrown
A teenager was sentenced for his involvement in an incident which led to a motorcyclist losing the sight in one of his eyes after an egg was thrown at him.
Victim Marc Toone says he is still suffering more than a year on from the incident and just wants to know why it ever happened.
Thomas Connors, 18, of Mere Road, Lutterworth, was sentenced a 12-month detention and training order after admitting to his involvement.
Three men jailed after victim pushed from first floor window
Three men have been jailed for their part in an assault where one of the victims was pushed from a first floor window.
During the evening of Friday 29 January the two victims answered the door to three men who barged their way into the property in Fosse Road South, Leicester.
The defendants launched an attack on the two victims. When one of the victims tried to escape through a first floor window he was pushed and landed on to the ground outside.
The second victim remained in the property and was kicked and punched in the head and body a number of times.
Josh Gelb, 24, Craig Gee, 28 and Jason Grant, 41, all pleaded guilty to Section 20 Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH) and Section 47 Assault occasioning Actual Bodily Harm (ABH).
* For note - the below are incidents where a person has been charged with an offence. Court proceedings in relation to the allegation are still to be heard.
Three men charged with murder of Anand Parmar
Three men have been charged with the murder of Anand Parmar.
Jeffery Carew, 22, of Marsh Close, Leicester, Jurrat Khan, 25, of Wakerley Road and 34-year-old Renaldo Baptiste of Marsh Close, Leicester, are charged with the murder of 47-year-old Mr Parmar who died after being found with serious injuries in a car during the early hours of Monday 12 April.
Three charged with drugs offences following warrants executed
Three people have been charged as part of enforcement carried out to disrupt suspected drug activity.
Bradley Mclaren, 21 of no fixed address, Spencer James, 46, of Ipswich Close, Leicester and Maria Brampton, 25, of Bakewell Street, Coalville have been charged with two counts of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.
The charges relate to a number of warrants executed by officers in the Beaumont Leys and Coalville area.
Three charged following public disorder in Hinckley
Three men have been charged following an incident of public disorder in Hinckley.
Officers received a report of a fight between a group of men in the garden of a pub on Market Place during the evening of Monday 12 April.
Jack Johnson, 30, of Eskdale Road, Hinckley has been charged with assault and a section 4 public order offence.
Jamie Buckley, 30, of Brookfield Road, Hinckley, was charged with possession of an offensive weapon, assault and a section 4 public order offence.
Tom Whittle, 28, of Hinckley Road, Stoney Stanton, was charged with assault and a section 4 public order offence.