Some of our cases during June 2021 which have led to charges and/or convictions in court.
Convictions this month have included six men from an organised crime group sentenced to more than 44 years imprisonment after being convicted of drugs offences, a woman jailed for 15 years after admitting stabbing another woman and a teenage boy, and the sentencing of a man who sexually abused a young girl.
Six more drug dealers taken off the streets
Six men from an organised crime group have been taken from the streets and sentenced to more than 44 years in prison between them after being convicted of drugs offences.
This follows a huge covert operation spanning two years which saw over 50 people arrested.
Detective Inspector Lee Hunt, from East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) said: "Drugs destroy lives and communities and through this operation we have taken down a large organised crime group who didn’t care about the impact of selling drugs."
Group who burgled the same home twice jailed for more than 25 years
Three men who burgled the same home twice within days have now all been convicted and sentenced for their part in the offences.
Two adult victims were threatened with knives and hammers during one of the incidents and made to hand over their mobile phones.
Five people were charged during the investigation for their roles in the burglary and the subsequent handling of the stolen goods. Three of the defendants in the case were sentenced last year.
Pictured is Ryan Raczowski, who pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary and was sentenced in July 2020 to 13 years in prison, Lee Ryan Smith who pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods and POCA offences at an earlier hearing and was sentenced in July 2020 to three years in prison and Scott Williams who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary and was sentenced on Friday 25 June to nine years in prison.
A man has been jailed after pleading guilty to raping a woman in Leicester.
Tudor-Razvan Radutu, 26, of Laurel Road, Leicester was sentenced to four years and two months in prison at Leicester Crown Court.
The incident happened in August last year at a property in the city centre area after Radutu had been socialising with the victim. The victim woke up in the early hours of the morning to find the defendant was raping her. He immediately stopped.
The day after the incident Radutu admitted to the victim that he had raped her. Officers were called and Radutu was arrested and subsequently charged with rape.
Sex offender jailed after contacting social media accounts – which were operated by officers
A sex offender who believed he was sending sexual messages to a 12-year-old girl has been jailed – after the account was actually being operated by undercover officers from West Midlands Police.
Lewis Watts, 26, of Saxelby Road, Melton Mowbray, is a registered sex offender. On 4 November last year, he began messaging a person he believed to be a 12-year-old girl on the social media platform Kik.
Messages were sent by Watts encouraging sexual activity and asking the “girl” to send images of sexual acts.
But the account was actually being operated by undercover officers, and the Leicestershire Police Paedophile Online Investigation Team (POLIT) were notified.
Watts was arrested and subsequently charged with three counts of sexual communications with a child, attempting to incite a child under the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity and a breach of his sexual harm prevention order.
He was sentenced to three years imprisonment after pleading guilty to the charges.
Two parents have been sentenced for physically abusing their son following a three-and-a-half year investigation by the force’s Child Abuse Investigation Unit (CAIU).
The man and woman – who are from Leicester but cannot be named for legal reasons – each pleaded guilty to a charge of assault/ill-treat/neglect/abandon a child/young person to cause unnecessary suffering/injury at Leicester Crown Court.
The man was sentenced to 30 months in prison while the woman was given a 12-month suspended sentence.
The boy’s mother admitted an offence in 2015, while his father admitted physically abusing him in 2017.
A man has been jailed after pleading guilty to sexual assault in a North-East Leicestershire village.
James Fairlie, 33 of New Street, Leicester, was sentenced to 16 months in prison at Leicester Crown Court on Tuesday 1 June.
Around 4.45pm on Thursday 15 April, a woman was approached by Fairlie in the rear garden of a property. Fairlie, who was intoxicated, grabbed her breasts and tried to kiss her before leaving the scene.
Officers attended the scene and Fairlie was arrested nearby.
A man has been given a hybrid hospital order for sexually abusing three children and sharing some of the images online.
In June 2019, Joshua Savage was arrested after he had shared two images on an online chatroom where the members appeared to have a sexual interest in children. The images featured Savage sexually assaulting a young child.
Officers were able to trace Savage via his IP address leading to his subsequent arrest.
The 28-year-old, formerly of Somerby Road, Knossington, was sentenced at Leicester Crown Court where he was given a hybrid hospital order with an eight-year custodial sentence which means a minimum of two years of the sentence will be served in a secure hospital. He was also given an indefinite sexual harm prevention order (SHPO).
Taxi driver jailed after admitting causing woman’s death by careless driving
A taxi driver has been sentenced to two months imprisonment after pleading guilty to causing the death of a 37-year-old woman by careless driving.
Anis Mohamed, 64, of Osmaston Road, Leicester, had been driving his taxi in the area of Coleman Road, Leicester, just after 4am on Saturday 11 January last year, when he was involved in the collision with pedestrian Natasha Baker.
Miss Baker was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham with serious injuries following the incident where she sadly died.
Following the sentencing, the family of Miss Baker paid tribute to her describing her as “a massive influence” in their lives
* 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.
Two charged following non-stop collision in Leicester
Two men have been charged following a non-stop collision in Humberstone Road, Leicester, in May 2019.
Abdullahi Shire, 25, of Brighton Road, Leicester is charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving following the incident on 30 May 2019.
Ismael Adan, 25, of Foxton Road, Leicester, is charged with perverting the course of justice and aggravated taking of a vehicle without consent.
* Mazoomy Mohamed, who was 42 at the time of the incident and his son Aakif who was 15 were injured in the collision. Mr Mohamed was taken to hospital with life-changing injuries. He has since been discharged from hospital. Aakif sustained a minor injury.
A 24-year-old Leicester man has been charged after five officers were assaulted during an incident in the city centre.
Matthew Greasley of Malabar Road has been charged with five counts of assault on an emergency worker.
The charge relates to an incident in Humberstone Gate when officers attempted to arrest a man. Four officers sustained cuts and bruises during the incident but didn’t require medical treatment. A fifth officer was treated for a suspected fracture to his wrist.