Charged and In Court: September 2021
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Some of our cases during September 2021 which have led to charges and/or convictions in court.
Convictions this month have included an East Midlands gang responsible for a multi-million pounds drugs plot being jailed, an arsonist sentenced to 12 years impriosonment and a man who was convicted of rape and sexual assault being jailed for eight years.
East Midlands gang responsible for multi-million pound drugs plot
Twenty-two members of a gang, who ploughed more than £20 million-worth of high purity illegal drugs around the country over the course of 12 months, have been jailed for more than 200 years.
Sold on the street, the drugs were worth up to £60 million.
Major enforcement across eight counties in two days in February 2019 brought the illicit operation – which was being coordinated out of Leicestershire, with main stash sites and supply routes in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and the West Midlands — to an abrupt end.
Man who set static caravan alight jailed for 12 years
A man who sent threatening messages to his ex-partner before setting her static caravan alight has been jailed for 12 years.
On the evening of Saturday 28 November last year, Lord Curtis Lodge sent text messages stating he would “burn her place down” – referring to a static caravan she owned at a site in Hoton, near Loughborough.
The victim was not at the site at the time, but in the early hours of Sunday morning, received a text message from a family member saying her static caravan was alight. A further message a short time later said it had been completely destroyed.
The fire had also spread to a nearby static caravan – owned by another member of the victim’s family – where he, a woman and three children were sleeping. Thankfully they managed to escape uninjured.
Lodge, 33, of Moorbarns Lane in Lutterworth, was sentenced at Leicester Crown Court having been found guilty of one count of arson with intent to endanger life.
More information: Arsonist jailed for 12 years | Leicestershire Police (leics.police.uk)
Man jailed for eight years after being convicted of rape and sexual assault
A man has been jailed for eight years after being found guilty of three counts of rape and one count of sexual assault of a woman.
Jordell Hall, 24, of Leicester, was convicted of the offences following a trial at Leicester Crown Court.
The offences came to light when a family member of the victim made a report to police on behalf of the victim.
Man jailed after serious assault in city
A man who carried out an unprovoked attack on a member of the public has been jailed for five years and six months after admitting to the offence.
Lee Johnston was in Gallowtree Gate in Leicester on Wednesday 4 August when he approached restaurant staff for money. When they refused he smashed a glass bottle and damaged the window of the premises before lashing out at a passer-by.
The 38-year-old victim suffered a deep laceration to his cheek and neck, severing an artery in his neck, causing life changing injuries.
Johnston, 30, of no fixed address, fled from the scene and was arrested 25 minutes later in a nearby street covered in the victim’s blood.
Man who sexually assaulted two women found guilty of attacks
A man who sexually assaulted two women, carrying out the second attack just weeks after the first incident, has been convicted in court.
Krystian Surmaj, 23, had been charged with sexual assault following an incident in Welby Lane, Melton Mowbray, on 1 January this year and appeared at magistrates’ court.
But while on conditional bail from court, awaiting his next hearing, Surmaj, of Drummond Walk, Melton Mowbray, committed the second attack on 16 January sexually assaulting a woman in Elmhurst Avenue, Melton Mowbray.
Following police enquiries, he was charged with a second sexual assault offence and remanded into custody.
This month, at Leicester Crown Court, following a trial, the defendant was found guilty of both offences. He has been remanded into custody and is due to be sentenced on Thursday 28 October.
Women involved in defrauding council and charity out of more than £40,000
Three women involved in defrauding Oadby and Wigston Borough Council and the charity, Coping with Cancer in Leicestershire and Rutland, out of more than £40,000 have been convicted.
Kalvinder Garcha, Sharon Reeve and Lynn Middleton are due to be sentenced on Friday 1 October.
Garcha, 50, of Carisbrooke Road, Leicester, was Head of Corporate Resources at the Council and used her position to help her colleague Middleton, 49, of Arbor Road, Croft, create a “phantom” employee.
Middleton was Head of Human Resources at the Council when these offences occurred. Both Garcha and Middleton were also board members at Coping with Cancer.
Middleton’s sister, Reeve, 50, formerly of Olympic Close, Glenfield, was the “phantom” employee - an individual who existed but never worked for either organisation.
Prolific burglar jailed after series of incidents in Leicester
A Leicester man who committed a series of burglaries at business premises has been jailed after admitting his part in the offences.
Shawn Tully, 38, of Herle Walk, appeared at Leicester Crown Court and pleaded guilty to three counts of burglary (other than dwelling), two counts of fraud by dishonest representation and one count of handling stolen goods.
He was sentenced at Leicester Crown Court to a total of 46 weeks in prison.
During the incidents Tully broke into premises when they were closed and stole cash, bank cards and electrical items.
* 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.
Ten men charged in connection with the death of Abdirahim Mohamed
Ten men have been charged in connection with the death of Abdirahim Mohamed.
Abdirahim Mohamed, 18, was found at 11.45pm on the evening of Wednesday 8 September in Melbourne Street, Leicester, with multiple stab wounds. He died in the early hours of Thursday 9 September.
Seven men have been charged with the murder of Abdirahim and three people have been charged with assisting an offender.
They have been remanded into custody.
Two charged following Burbage stabbing
Two teenage boys have been charged following the stabbing of a teenager in Burbage in May.
The boys aged 16, who cannot be named for legal reasons, have both been charged with section 18 grievous bodily harm.
One of them has also been charged with possession of a knife.
The charges relate to an incident in St Catherine Close on the afternoon of Thursday 20 May whereby a 16-year-old boy sustained a single stab wound.
Man charged with murder of Ingrid Matthew
Aaron Matthew, 18, has been charged with the murder of 54-year-old Ingrid Matthew.
Police were called to an address in Lincoln Street just before 6pm on Saturday 11 September where Ms Matthew was found.
Aaron Matthew, of Lincoln Street, was charged with murder and remanded into custody.
Man charged with manslaughter appears in court
A 27-year-old man charged with manslaughter following the death of a man who died after he was assaulted in Leicester city centre has appeared at court.
Joe Baldwin of no fixed address appeared before Leicester Magistrates’ Court earlier this month.
He has been remanded into custody to appear at Leicester Crown Court on Monday 11 October.
The charge relates to an incident on Friday 27 August where Charles Neeson was found unconscious on Braunstone Gate, outside Natterjacks, at around 10.30pm. The 49-year-old from Leicester died in hospital on the evening of Monday 30 August.
Man charged with burglaries in Leicester
A man has been charged following burglaries in Leicester.
Aatish Popat, 38, of Mountcastle Road, Leicester has been charged with aggravated burglary, burglary and possession of a controlled Class B drug.
The charges relate to a burglary on Stoneygate Road on 1 July and an aggravated burglary on Northcote Road, Leicester on 1 September.