17 of the most notorious criminals jailed in the UK in September
A killer who was serving in the Met Police when he kidnapped, raped and murdered Sarah Everard in London, and a man who murdered his stepdaughter after she claimed he had sexually abused her, were just two of the notorious criminals locked up in the UK this month. Also in September, a dangerous driver who drove a car half a mile down railway tracks and a masseur who sexually assaulted four women were put behind bars. Other offenders jailed include a Muslim convert who told an undercover police officer he wanted to see London under the Islamic State, four gang members who stabbed an “entirely unsuspecting” NHS worker in the street and a drug dealer who shot a taxi driver in the head over a damaged wing mirror.
: Police release image of teenager who terrorised town’s streets for five months These are some of the shocking court cases that were widely reported in the UK last month.
Wayne Couzens was given a whole life tariff (Image: PA)
The evil police officer who strangled Sarah Everard to death after kidnapping her under the guise of a fake arrest will die in jail. Wayne Couzens, 48, was handed a whole life order for the “grotesque” killing of the 33-year-old marketing executive, which shocked and outraged the nation.
The Old Bailey heard how Couzens used his position as an officer with the Met Police “to kidnap, rape and murder a lone victim”. He snatched Ms Everard as she walked home from a friend’s house in Clapham, south London, on the evening of March 3 this year. Firearms officer Couzens, who had clocked off from a 12-hour shift at the American embassy that morning, drove to a secluded rural area near Dover in Kent, where he parked up and raped Ms Everard, before strangling her and setting her body alight.
He was arrested at his home in Deal, Kent, after police connected him to a hire car he used to abduct Ms Everard, whose remains were found by police dogs on March 10.
In an emergency interview at his home, Couzens concocted a fake story that he had been “leant” on by a gang from the Balkans who forced him to hand over “a girl”. He went on to plead guilty to Ms Everard’s kidnap, rape and murder and was sacked from the force in July. He has been handed a whole-life prison term.
Ibrahim Roger Anderson
Ibrahim Roger Anderson was jailed for seven years after he shared extremist videos with an undercover cop (Image: Metropolitan Police)
A Muslim convert told an undercover police officer he wanted to see London under the Islamic State.
Car mechanic Ibrahim Roger Anderson, 44, pledged support for the terrorist group, unaware the woman he was speaking to on social media was a covert officer. The court heard how Anderson, from Luton, shared extremist videos that were “at the worst end of the range seen in this court”, according to the judge. He was handed a seven-year jail sentence at the Old Bailey after admitting a string of terror offences.
He had previously been jailed for three years in 2016 after being convicted of trying to drum up support for Islamic State outside Topshop in London’s Oxford Street. Prosecutor Julia Faure Walker said Anderson shared videos with the undercover officer which depicted “extremely graphic” footage of Islamic State executions, suicide bombings, and glorification of past battles. Anderson pleaded guilty to 10 counts of disseminating terrorist publications, and four charges of possession of terrorist publications relating to Islamic State, and was told he would serve two-thirds of his sentence before being eligible for parole.
He also admitted breaching his terror notification requirements when he withheld an email address from the police in an attempt to prevent the police from linking him with the Facebook account, receiving an additional 12-month jail term.
Sam Pybus (left) choked Sophie Moss (right) to death during consensual sex (Image: PA)
A man who choked his lover to death during consensual sex was jailed after admitting manslaughter. Sam Pybus, 32, was drunk when he applied “prolonged” pressure to Sophie Moss’s neck at her home in Darlington in the early hours of February 7. A court heard he told police his some-time lover would encourage him to strangle her during sex.
A judge accepted the married defendant did not intend to kill and his remorse was genuine. Pybus was originally charged with murder but the court heard a Home Office pathologist found that the amount of pressure applied to the vulnerable mother-of-two’s neck was towards the lower end of cases which resulted in death. The pressure could have been applied for tens of seconds or even minutes, the court heard.
There was no sign of any other violence used or evidence of a fight. Pybus was sentenced to four years and eight months in jail. It has since been confirmed that the Attorney General has referred the sentence to the Court of Appeal.
A spokesman from the Attorney General’s Office said: “I can confirm that the Attorney General has referred Sam Pybus’s sentence to the Court of Appeal as she agrees that it appears unduly lenient. “It is now for the court to decide whether to increase the sentence.”
Aaron O’Halloran drove a car half a mile down railway tracks (Image: British Transport Police)
A dangerous driver drove a car half a mile down railway tracks in Birmingham. British Transport Police (BTP) said Aaron O’Halloran’s “idiotic actions” – on a stretch of track between Duddeston and Aston stations – resulted in more than GBP23,000 worth of damage.
The 31-year-old, from Handsworth, was found guilty of endangering people on the railway, dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, and using a vehicle without insurance, BTP said. He received a 15-month prison sentence and was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of GBP156.
After driving the vehicle through a gate at Duddeston station and travelling half a mile down the railway tracks, O’Halloran abandoned the car across the tracks and fled the scene. In interview O’Halloran refused to comment on the incident, only denying it was him driving the vehicle when shown CCTV footage.
Scott Walker (left) murdered 17-year-old Bernadette Walker (right) (Image: Cambridgeshire Police)
A man murdered the teenage girl who called him her dad after she claimed he had sexually abused her “over a number of years”.
Scott Walker was sentenced to life in prison and must serve 32 years before he can be considered for release. The 52-year-old never told police the location of 17-year-old Bernadette Walker’s body. The young photography student was last seen alive on July 18 last year when Walker, who was not her biological father, collected her from his parents’ house in Peterborough.
Scott Walker said that Bernadette ran away from his car when he stopped the vehicle, but jurors at Cambridge Crown Court rejected his account, convicting him of murder. She has not been found despite searches, and it is not known how she was killed. Prosecutors said that Walker killed Bernadette to “prevent her pursuing her allegations of sexual abuse any further”.
Scott Walker was found guilty of murder and of two counts of perverting the course of justice. Bernadette’s mother Sarah Walker, 38, was found guilty of two counts of perverting the course of justice “knowing or believing” Bernadette to be dead, having already admitted two counts of perverting the course of justice. These were by sending messages from Bernadette’s phone after she disappeared and by providing false information to the police relating to her disappearance.
She was sentenced to six years in prison.
Jonathan Houseman murdered two men to avoid paying a GBP400,000 debt (Image: West Midlands Police)
A businessman convicted of “cold-bloodedly” murdering two men to avoid paying a GBP400,000 debt was jailed for life, with a minimum of 40 years. Will Henry, 31, and Brian McIntosh, 29, were found shot dead in a Range Rover after police were called to a car park at an industrial estate in Dudley on September 30 last year. Jonathan Houseman, 33, was convicted of their murders following a trial, while co-defendant Richard Avery was cleared of murder but convicted of perverting the course of justice.
The judge, Mr Justice Martin Spencer, told Birmingham Crown Court that Houseman killed the two men instantly in “what was effectively an execution”. Houseman then drove to Avery’s car wash near the Merry Hill shopping centre, where he tried to “cover his tracks”, the court heard. The judge declined to hand Houseman a rare whole-life term, after he “lured” the men to their deaths, saying: “I considered you carried out these offences as an act of desperation”, adding: “You saw no other way out of the financial predicament you had got yourself into.”
Callum Urquhart sexually assaulted four women as he gave them a massage (Image: Wiltshire Police)
A masseur was jailed for sexually assaulting four women while giving them naked massages.
Callum Urquhart, 38, from Bristol but recently living in Arbroath, Scotland, was convicted of six charges of sexual assault following a trial at Salisbury Crown Court. Urquhart, who was not formally trained, would carry out the massages at the women’s homes, as well as at his own, in incidents which dated back to 2018, the court heard. His victims were “vulnerable and exposed” and had not agreed to receive anything apart from a “conventional massage”, the judge told the court.
One of his victims had sent Urquhart a personal message warning him “that you can’t behave like that without gaining consent” to which he had replied saying he “promised to take it on board”, the judge said. In a statement read to the court, one victim said: “This incident has caused me great personal, emotional and psychological trauma and caused me to question my own judgment. I still have flashbacks.”
Urquhart was sentenced to three years in jail. As well as the prison sentence, Urquhart was made subject to a sexual harm prevention order banning him from advertising or engaging in paid or unpaid massage services.
Hisham Chaudhary, a sales consultant found guilty of using Bitcoin to fund the Islamic State (IS) group (Image: PA)
A 28-year-old man who used Bitcoin to help fund the so-called Islamic State group was “trusted and respected” by other terrorists, a court heard. Hisham Chaudhary, from Oadby, Leicestershire, was found guilty of being a member of the proscribed organisation after a month-long trial at Birmingham Crown Court.
Jurors also returned guilty verdicts on four counts of disseminating terrorist publications, and two of entering a funding arrangement contrary to anti-terror laws. The court heard how Chaudhary travelled to the Middle East in 2016 for approximately two-and-a-half months. Social media conversations from 2019 indicated that he had unsuccessfully attempted to get into Syria “in order to lend physical support to the IS cause”, the judge said.
“I conclude that by late 2016 you had become a member of that organisation – as a member you were both trusted and respected,” the judge added. The court was told Chaudhary purchased GBP17,000 worth of Bitcoin in 2018, of which GBP16,000 was transferred to unidentified sources, and bought and transferred around GBP35,000 via the cryptocurrency in 2019. Although Choudhary claimed the payments were part of humanitarian work, the judge told him: “I have no doubt that your real motivation was to assist Islamic State in freeing supporters from detention camps.”
As well as being unable to apply for parole until he has served at least two-thirds of his 12-year sentence, Chaudhary will be subject to an extended five-year licence period following his release.
(Image: EMPICS Sport)
A ‘loving’ couple of 37 years were killed when a former professional footballer ploughed into them after fiddling with his phone on the motorway. Richard and Angela Wong, from south Manchester, died after a lorry drove into the back of them at 50mph on the M56, causing a horrific pile-up. Steven Bennett, 29, was jailed for five years for causing death by dangerous driving after a court heard he had been using his phone as a sat nav and had been trying to re-plug in the charger in the seconds before the collision.
Bennett, who played a handful of games for Barnsley in the Championship during a ‘promising’ professional career a decade ago, had driven from south Yorkshire to Cheshire and was on his way back on the day of the tragedy, September 19, 2019. Northenden couple Richard, 62, and Angela Wong, 56, were returning from the caravan in Wales they had just purchased. Mrs Wong was driving their Toyota Avensis on the eastbound M56 with her husband in the passenger seat.
At around 5:15pm, the couple found themselves at the back of a queue of stationary traffic as they waited to come off the motorway at junction 9, the Lymm interchange, where it meets the M6, the court heard.
Bennett, driving a 10 tonne yellow Daf engineering truck, was directly behind them in the inside of two lanes on the slip-road, however he failed to slow down and ploughed into the back of them whilst travelling at around 50mph. Both Mr and Mrs Wong suffered ‘catastrophic injuries’ as a result of the crash. In a police interview, Bennett said he had been ‘momentarily distracted’ by a bird flying across his path.
David Ture, Vagnei Colubali, Muhammad Jalloh and Alex Melaku
Muhammad Jalloh, David Ture and Vagnei Colubali
Four gang members who stabbed an “entirely unsuspecting” NHS worker in the street were jailed for life.
David Gomoh was repeatedly stabbed on April 26 last year as he spoke to his girlfriend on the phone – having been in the “wrong place at the wrong time”. The 24-year-old marketing graduate, who worked in procurement for the health service, staggered back to his home in east London and bled to death in front of his horrified family. Mr Gomoh was stabbed in Canning Town as part of a “meaningless feud” that sparked a “petty but fatal game of one-upmanship” played out on the streets of London, the court heard.
During the trial, jurors heard the victim had nothing to do with gangs. David Ture, 19, of Bloomsbury Street, Camden, Vagnei Colubali, 23, of Suffolk Road, Enfield, and Muhammad Jalloh, 19, of Watt Street, Wapping, were found guilty of Mr Gomoh’s murder. A fourth boy, Alex Melaku, who turned 18 a day before the sentencing hearing, was also convicted of murder.
The defendants were also convicted of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm with intent to another man who got away and has never been identified.
All four were handed life sentences, with Colubali and Jalloh given minimum terms of 27 years, Ture handed a minimum of 26 years and Melaku to serve at least 21 years.
Drug dealer Ricardo Linton was jailed for more than 31 years for the murder of taxi driver Mohammed Basharat (Image: West Yorkshire Police)
A drug dealer who shot a taxi driver in the head twice in a “targeted execution” was jailed for more than 31 years. In 2001, Ricardo Linton shot Mohammed Basharat in a revenge attack in the office of a Bradford taxi firm, a court heard. The 46-year-old, who was on the run for another murder in the US at the time, then attempted to murder a second driver, Jamshad Khan.
Linton launched the attack after his car wing mirror was damaged in a road rage incident the previous day. Father-of-four Mr Basharat, 33, died at the scene after he was hit by two bullets, in the head and mouth, at the offices of Little Horton Private Hire. The masked gunman then turned the illegal firearm on Mr Khan but it failed when he pulled the trigger.
He was found guilty of murder by a jury at Bradford Crown Court in August, following a month-long trial.
Judge Mr Justice Lavender described the killing of Mr Basharat as a “targeted execution”. Linton was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 31 years and 312 days for the murder of Mr Basharat.
Jonathan Diba Musangu
Jonathan Diba-Musangu, 23, of Fernhurst St, Chadderton, has been jailed (Image: GMP)
An ex-Rochdale AFC footballer was jailed for 24 years after being convicted of raping and sexually abusing a number of girls. Jonathan Diba Musangu, 23, abused the girls, some who were as young as seven, over a five-year period.
Minshull Street Crown Court heard that he exploited his ‘popularity and advantage’ to commit ‘dreadful’ acts of sexual abuse against children for his own sexual gratification. Following a lengthy trial in June and July this year, Musangu, of Chadderton, was found guilty of three counts of raping a child under 13, two counts of sexually assaulting a child under 13, two counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, three counts of sexual activity with a child, and two counts of rape. He earlier admitted offences of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and possession of extreme pornography.
The trial heard that Musangu frequently preyed on five young girls connected to his church.
He first began abusing the girls when he was aged between 15 and 16, and the first victim was aged between seven and eight. His youngest victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told the court she was raped three times by the former goalkeeper. Musangu, of Fernhurst Street, was jailed for 24 years with an extended licence period of four years.
He will serve two thirds of his sentence before he is considered for release by the parole board.
James Clark shook and squeezed his newborn son to death
A father shook and squeezed his newborn son to death. James Clark, 31, was ordered to serve a minimum of 15 years in prison for killing 39-day-old Sean Clark. After inflicting the fatal injuries Clark put him in his cot and went to bed, leaving the boy’s mother Helen Jeremy to find him dead the next morning in January 2018.
A post-mortem examination was carried out and revealed Sean had been assaulted on at least three occasions – suffering 71 rib fractures and head injuries consistent with being shaken. Jane Osborne QC, prosecuting, told the court: “He squeezed his son Sean tightly around the chest, causing fractures, and shook him forcefully to cause that bleed to the brain, which was the fatal incident. “That shaking incident would have led to rapid unconsciousness and death.
“The evidence following that shaking incident – when it must have been clear Sean Clark was lifeless – the defendant put Sean Clark back in his cot and went to bed, knowing that he would wait until the morning until Sean was discovered.” Clark, of Neads Drive, Warmley, South Gloucestershire, denied murder but was convicted following a trial at Bristol Crown Court. Ms Jeremy, 27, of Russell Avenue, Kingswood, also stood trial but was acquitted of murder and causing or allowing his death.
Hospital anaesthetist Hossam Metwally injected his partner with drugs (Image: Humberside Police)
A hospital anaesthetist injected his partner with drugs during a series of exorcism ceremonies, leaving her close to death with multiple organ failure.
Hossam Metwally, 61, made dozens of video recordings of himself administering fluids through a cannula to Kelly Wilson while chanting as part of a “dangerous perversion” of the Islamic Ruqya ritual. Ms Wilson was found at Metwally’s home in Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, on July 4 2019 in a deep coma, on the brink of a cardiac arrest and with a fluid line inserted in her chest after engaging in an exorcism ritual the previous evening. Metwally, who worked at the Diana Princess of Wales Hospital in the town and also ran a pain clinic from his home, denied injecting anaesthetics into Ms Wilson during an eight-week trial at Sheffield Crown Court but admitted further counts of voyeurism against two female patients following his conviction.
The court heard that he took pictures and moving footage of the women, without their knowledge and in a state of undress, when they attended his clinic for treatment. He also altered some of the images to make them appear indecent and erotic. The judge told him he was “a disgrace to the profession”, adding: “you will not be a doctor for very much longer”.
The court heard how Metwally qualified as a doctor in Egypt and worked in Saudi Arabia before coming to the UK in 1996 and Grimsby in 1999. The trial heard that he “fed” Ms Wilson’s drug addiction and administered potentially lethal anaesthetic drugs to perform Muslim exorcism rituals known as Ruqya – a valid practice that an imam told the court would never involve drugs or sedation. He was jailed for 14-and-a-half years.
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