Jailed in November: We name and shame the biggest criminals jailed in November
Written by The Newsroom on December 1, 2019
Named and shamed – these are some of the most serious criminals who have been banged up in November in Birmingham and the West Midlands.
They include a man who murdered a father of four who was an innocent victim of a bitter family feud, 94 years jailed for a gun gang who shot a man dead as he sat in the passenger seat of a car, and a Nissan Qashqai uses as a drugs carrier.
Others jailed this month include a gunman who fled to Dubai after shooting a man dead in a gang-related feud, a mother and son who helped a brutal killer go on the run and a Midlands gang who smuggled millions of pounds of dirty cash out of the UK.
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A man will serve at least 26 years in jail after murdering a father of four who became the innocent victim of a brutal family feud. Nabeel Choudhary, 21, from West Bromwich, was part of a group of seven who brutally stabbed Yassir Hussain to death.
Mr Justice Nicol jailed Choudhary for life and ordered he serve a minimum term of 26 years and 37 days. A Birmingham Crown Court trial heard Mr Hussain tried to flee outside the Golden City takeaway in Lower Gornal on December 4 last year but was trapped and hacked to death.
Mr Hussain’s family paid tribute to him as a “gentle” man who was an “innocent” in a long-running family feud that led to the chilling machete attack. The court heard how Choudhary had previously threatened his cousin Morrad Hussain, who managed to flee the scene.
Choudhary was sentenced to life in prison for murder but there was no separate sentence for charges of attempted grievous bodily harm and dangerous driving.
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Dwain Smith, Kurrum Guild, Montell Gray and Seamus Williams
Four men involved in a fatal Wolverhampton shooting have been jailed for a total of 94 years.
Dwain Smith, 26, and Kurrum Guild, 22, shot 24-year-old Dwaine Junior Haughton as he sat in the passenger seat of a Peugeot 207 in Valley Road, Wolverhampton, in July 20 last year. The duo were convicted of murder in September following a trial at Wolverhampton Crown Court and today were sentenced to life with a minimum term of 28 years.
Meanwhile Montell Gray, 22, of Springhill Road, Wolverhampton, and 24-year-old Seamus Williams, of Okemont Drive, Wolverhampton, who were convicted of manslaughter, were both jailed for 15 years.
The victim was a front seat passenger in a parked car which was struck by the bullets. He was driven to hospital with critical injuries but despite the best efforts of medics, he was pronounced dead in the early hours of the following morning.
All four men were also found guilty of possession of a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life as well as handling a stolen Audi A7. Smith, of Chainmakers Close, Bilston; Guild, of Oakthorpe Gardens, Tividale, and Williams were also convicted of arson after the £25,000 vehicle was torched after the shooting.
Guild and Smith were also sentenced for a stabbing in Vicarage Road, Wolverhampton, which happened five months after the fatal shooting.
Mohammed Shazad was monitored by police making repeated, suspicious visits to a Nissan Qashqai parked in Middlemore Road, Smethwick.
Officers from the West Midlands Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU) arrested the 37-year-old on 7 February this year – and when the Qashqai was examined they found 10 1kg blocks of cocaine in a hide built beneath the rear seats.
Forensics experts examined the packages and confirmed some of the cocaine had a purity of around 99 per cent – and with a conservative value of £280,000.
At Birmingham Crown Court Shazad, from Holly Road, Handsworth, was imprisoned for nine years and 10 months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
24-year-old Bedward fled to Dubai after killing father-of-three, Remal Hunt during broad daylight on Birmingham street back in April.
Bedward was found guilty of murdering Hunt, 28, on Church Street, Erdington, before dumping the weapon in a reservoir and then fled the country.
After West Midlands Police made an appeal to find him, he was arrested in Dubai and flown back to the UK just 10 days later.
Bedward, 24, of Norfolk Road, Erdington, had denied the charge.
Passing sentence, Judge Simon Drew QC said: “It would appear this offence was in some way gang-related. Certainly you were known to each other. Whether this in fact involved gangs is not entirely clear.
“Undoubtedly there was bad feeling between the two of you.”
After the sentencing hearing, the victim’s family said the killer had “ripped their hearts out”.
Bedward will serve a minimum of 30 years behind bars.
Hannah Wilson, Hayley Wilson, Allan Stewardson and Jayne Lloyd
Former West Midlands Police call handler, Hayley Wilson, pleaded guilty to supplying confidential information to family members.
She was found to be supplying information to her sister on people they knew by checking their criminal records. She did this as well as giving her sister’s partner details on a court case he was a defendant of.
She also gave information to a pub landlady on incidents reported at other pubs, Birmingham Crown Court heard.
She had a close relationship with her sister, they would talk to each other regularly and would discuss matters, which she obtained from police logs, that were “ordinarily off limits”, the court heard.
She resigned from her position while under investigation and pleaded guilty to the charges, as did her sister Hayley Wilson, 38, of Ely Close, Rowley Regis.
Hayley’s partner Allan Stewardson, 49, also of Ely Close in Rowley Regis, and Jayne Lloyd, who lived at and ran the Knights Quest pub on Rowley Regis High Street, were each found guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office at a trial in September.
Aklakur Rahman attempted to attack and kill a prison officer while he was already serving time behind bars for a string of violent offences.
Originally from Ipswich, Rahman was handed the sentence at Birmingham Crown Court earlier this month after he launched the attack, armed with a piece of masonry he had got from a wall when he was serving time at HMP Lincoln in 2017.
It came a few days after an inmate at HMP Wayland in Norfolk was left needing 28 stitches to the back of his neck after Rahman attacked him with an improvised bladed weapon back in July.
He carried out a third attack at HMP Wakeland in August of the same year, in which he cut the neck of a prison officer with a screw.
In July of this year, Rahman was found guilty of three counts of attempted murder relating to the attacks at HMP Wayland and HMP Lincoln, and one count of grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent for the incident at HMP Wakefield.
On sentencing, at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday, November 15, Mr Justice Pepperall said he was satisfied Rahman had planned each offence, “carefully preparing the most dangerous weapons he could fashion from the limited materials available to him”.
The 38-year-old was jailed for 16 months after he stole a £23,000 Rolex and £1,000 tracksuit from a Premier League footballer after a failed attempt to catch the player cheating.
Rowe planned to capture incriminating footage of the cheating sportsman and sell it to the press.
The footballer, who cannot be named for legal reasons, escaped by jumping from the hotel room window in his underwear and ran down a fire escape before taking shelter in a nearby restaurant.
Bristol Crown Court heard Rowe then made a “spur of the moment” decision to steal the star’s Rolex watch and tracksuit.
Rowe, who is from Birmingham, was wearing the tracksuit when he was arrested while waiting to board a flight to Dubai days later, while the watch was discovered at a friend’s home.
Judge Martin Picton jailed Rowe for 16 months for the thefts, describing them as part of a “honeypot set-up”.
28-year-old pilot Tevin McLeod was arrested and charged with the rape and sexual abuse of a girl under the age of 13 after landing a plane at Manchester Airport.
McLeod, from Birmingham, initially denied the offences, but Birmingham Crown Court heard he had sent a number of messages to the girl – acknowledging the abuse – in a desperate bid to stop her reporting the sickening crimes.
In the messages, he spoke about his reputation being tarnished if people found out about the incidents, which happened between 2015 and 2016.
He also told the girl he would lose his career as a pilot and go to jail because she was underage.
McLeod, of no fixed address, later admitted to the rape and sexual assault and was jailed on Friday, November 8.
He was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison and will be subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order on his release.
Det Con Stewart Garratt, from West Midlands Police’s Birmingham Child Abuse Public Protection Team, said: “For a child to speak out and report sexual abuse is a huge deal for them and I commend the bravery of this young girl for confiding in someone.”
A drug dealer who chopped a man’s finger off with a machete in Lichfield for “short changing” him has been jailed for eight years. Benjamin Kidd, of Birch Avenue Cannock, attacked the man, who was buying drugs from him, servering a finger and inflicting cuts to his arm, head and back.
Medics were was not able to reattach the victim’s finger. The 30-year-old was seen in Burwaye Close, at around 8.20pm on May 19, stepping out of a Toyota Aygo and attacking the victim with a sharp weapon.
Police found his car and searched a nearby house where they found Kidd hiding in the loft space behind a water tank. Kidd was jailed at Stafford Crown Court on Monday (November 18).
Detective Constable Gareth Morris said: “We are pleased with the sentence given. This was a violent attack where the victim suffered serious life changing injuries and this behaviour will not be tolerated in Staffordshire.”
A hit-and-run driver who lied about being carjacked to cover up for running down two pedestrians has been jailed. Waqar Khan, 19, was driving a Seat Ibiza which hit two men after they stepped off a bus in Adderley Road, Saltley, at around 7.20pm on January 12.
The car drove off but the front registration plate came off and was left at the scene . Around 20 minutes later, Khan’s father, Fazil Khan, rang police saying his son had been carjacked in Arden Road.
And ten minutes later, Khan called 999 from an address in Arden Road, claiming he had been dragged from the Ibiza by robbers. He gave officers a number for his mobile phone which he said had also been taken, but later admitted that one digit was incorrect.
Suspicious officers checked his phone records, which revealed Khan had called his father from the same number seven minutes after the alleged theft of his car and phone. Khan, of Finnemore Road, Bordesley Green, admitted perverting the course of justice when he appeared at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday, November 18, and was jailed for six months.
A car thief who hit 130mph as he tried to outrun police on the M6 was rescued by officers after the Audi smashed into an Eddie Stobart lorry and exploded. The stolen A1 was left a mangled wreck and criminal Edward Wiseman suffered a string of broken bones when he ploughed into the HGV.
The 20-year-old stole the car from an address in St Mark’s Road, Chapel Ash, Wolverhampton, at 5.30am but was traced by police to the M5/M6 interchange. He ignored the 60mph limit – in place for roadworks – and weaved in and out of traffic as he tried to give cops the slip.
Wiseman was already doing 100mph when officers picked up on the car but he hit 120 and then 130 as he tried to get away. After hitting 130mph, he slowed to 117mph – narrowly missing a box van as he reached roadworks with a 50mph limit.
A fraudster has been jailed after changing her name by deed poll to sell a £75,000 house – without the real owner knowing. Sarah Broadbelt took out a passport under her new identity of Marion Patterson – the name of the legal owner – to dupe the authorities dealing with the sale.
The scam was only rumbled when the real Marion tried to sell the property – and was told it had been sold four months earlier. Now Broadbelt, 32, of Fledborough Drive, Sutton Coldfield, has been jailed for 20 months, having previously admitted charges of fraud and possessing a false identity document.
Jane Sarginson, prosecuting, told Birmingham Crown Court it was a “brazen and calculated” fraud that “struck at the heart of the conveyancing system”. Passing sentence, Judge Michael Chambers QC told her: “You played a prominent role in a sophisticated fraud to deprive the owner of the house of its ownership.”
The court heard the real Marion had the house in Welsh House Farm Road, Quinton, valued at up to £200,000, having rented out the home she had owned since 1993 after moving to Cornwall to get married.
Shamar Fairclough and Kai Bell
Two men have been jailed after Police officers caught them en route to what officers believe would have been a machete attack. Alert officers stopped a silver Ford Mondeo in the Heath Town area of Wolverhampton on February 15, having spotted Kai Bell in the passenger seat alongside fellow gang member Shamar Fairclough.
Fairclough made off from the scene but 19-year-old Bell – who uses the street name ‘Muller’ and features in drill music videos in which he makes veiled threats to rivals – was arrested and a foot-long Gurkha style machete was found in the foot well.
Bell, from Hopyard Gardens, Wolverhampton, was also found with a balaclava on the top of his head which he told detectives in interview he “used as a hat.” A small dagger was also found discarded near the Mondeo which was pulled over in Woden Road.
Offircers later apprehended Fairclough, from Coppice Green Lane in Telford, and on Wednesday the pair were both found guilty at Wolverhampton Crown Court of possessing a bladed article.
Bell was jailed for 15 months – plus an additional three months for breaching a community order – while Fairclough was imprisoned for nine months.
A callous thief has been jailed after he left a woman with broken fingers when he pulled her to the pavement as he snatched her handbag. Divinder Bhadesh was in Market Place in Wednesbury town centre on October 14, when his unsuspecting victim stood near him while she waited for a taxi.
He seized the opportunity to steal the 57-year-old woman’s handbag and stopped at nothing to get it. The 23-year-old approached the woman from the side and grabbed the strap of her bag from her shoulder and began tugging.
When the woman refused to let go, Bhadesh pulled her to the floor – making her hit her head off a signpost. The woman was left with broken fingers as he ran off down the road with her bag, which contained £40 in cash, a debit card and personal items of no significant value.
The following day, West Midlands Police released CCTV images of the prime suspect on social media. Less than 24 hours later, Bhadesh was identified and swiftly arrested.
In police interview, he admitted to the offence and said he needed money for medical treatment. Bhadesh, of no fixed address, was jailed for three years and two months when he appeared at Wolverhampton Crown Court yesterday (Thursday, November 14). He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £149.
A thug who allowed his dog to maul a helpless cat to death has been jailed for 18 weeks and banned from keeping animals for life. Amos Price admitted setting a lurcher-type loose to savage a pet cat in Woodlands Crescent, Pelsall, on October 23.
He pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal under the Animal Welfare Act. The horrifying attack – which has sparked national outcry – was caught on CCTV.
Sickening footage shows Price provoking the dog to attack the cat, called Cleo. The 30-year-old can be seen grabbing the dog by the collar and lifting it up to ensure it is aware of the cat, which was sat on a wall.
Walsall Magistrates Court was told Price, who fled the scene, returned a short while later to look for the dog, which wandering the street.
Cleo’s owner, Gary Truefitt, only realised what had happened when he checked CCTV after his pet failed to return home. He said he has had many sleepless nights” since making the horrific discovery.
A bogus buyer who threatened sales reps with a knife before driving off in £60,000 of cars from showrooms has been jailed. Zahir Qayum struck at dealerships across the region by pretending he wanted to test drive cars. Once seated, he would threaten sales reps with weapons or force them to jump out the way as he sped off.
His crime spree only came to an end when he left a cup of water on the roof of a Yaris at Toyota World which flew onto the ground as he drove off on March 25. Cops were able to match DNA on the discarded cup to the 41-year-old. They also identified him using CCTV at three other dealerships and a betting shop where he used a syringe to threaten a worker during an attempted robbery.
Following a four-day trial Qayum, of Maryland Avenue, Hodge Hill, was convicted of three counts of robbery and jailed for nine years at Birmingham Crown Court on November 7.
A speeding Birmingham driver overtook a van on a blind bend and ploughed into a schoolgirl crossing the road – leaving her with a badly broken leg. At first Patrick Lynn denied being responsible for the 15-year-old’s injuries, blaming the van driver for braking for his decision to overtake.
But at a further hearing at Warwick Crown Court he changed his plea to guilty to a charge of causing serious injury to the girl in Kingsbury Road, Curdworth, north Warwickshire, by dangerous driving.
Lynn, 29, of Rubery Lane South, Rubery , was jailed for 25 months and banned from driving for three years after which he will have to take an extended test.
Kelly Palmer and Zak Palmer
A mother and her son have been jailed for their parts in helping a brutal killer go on the run. Kelly and Zac Palmer and their friend Kelly Casey all helped James Atherley flee after he stabbed Callum Lees to death at a house party in Kingshurst.
Atherley, 21, was caught hiding out in a Newcastle Upon Tyne hotel nearly a month after the killing. He was snared because a picture of him enjoying himself in a nightclub was posted on Facebook.
He had gone to his friend Zac Palmer for help, who had enlisted his mother Kelly Palmer, and her friend Kelly Casey in helping him escape after the killing in August 2017. At Birmingham crown court in August of this year – two years after the murder – all three were convicted of assisting an offender.
On Tuesday, they were all sentenced for their parts in helping Atherley evade justice. Atherley is serving a 26-year jail term for the murder of 20-year-old Callum Lees at a house party in Hopwas Grove, Kingshurst, Solihull, on August 6, 2017.
Kelly Palmer, 41, of Letitia Avenue, Meriden , was jailed for 18 months. Zac Palmer, 23, of Fallowfield Avenue, was sentenced to two years in prison. Kelly Casey, 38, also of Letitia Avenue, was sentenced to 18 months jail, suspended for two years.
Arturs Nespors, Alexksej Rybnikov and Marius Stancikas
A Midlands gang who smuggled millions of pounds of dirty cash out of the UK have been jailed. Arturs Nespors, 30, and Alexksej Rybnikov, 42, and Marius Stancikas, 40, were part of an i nternational organised crime network involved in cigarette trafficking, drug smuggling and money laundering.
HMRC recovered more than £1 million at a ‘cash safe house’ in Coventry and another £251,000 from the boot of a car in Manchester, during a Europe-wide operation to smash the ring. Nespors and Rybnikov, of no fixed abode, and Stancikas, of Broad Street, Coventry, were today (November 6) jailed for a total of 12 years and nine months at Birmingham Crown Court.
The criminals are believed to have acquired an estimated 680 million Euros between 2017 and 2019. HMRC joined law enforcement agencies across Europe in the co-ordinated operation, which was supported by Europol and Eurojust.
More than 450 police and customs officers, including police and special interventions units carried out raids targeting members of the criminal network on 15 May 2019. HMRC led UK-based investigations into Nespors, Rybnikov and Stancikas, who were involved in moving millions of pounds of criminal money out of the UK. The money is believed to have derived from the sale of illicit tobacco, alcohol, and drugs.
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An ex-footballer who ran a County Lines drug operation using teenagers to flood Staffordshire with heroin and crack cocaine has been jailed. Shylo Thomas – described as ‘aggressive and intimidating’ – recruited vulnerable kids as young as 15 as street dealers to travel from Birmingham to Burton and Rugeley, where they were made to deal Class A drugs for cash.
These dealers were cut off from their families, made to stay in the homes of local drug users or squat elsewhere- a process known as ‘cuckooing’ in the County Lines trade. Thomas, together with five other men and a teenager who all hail from Birmingham, pleaded guilty to their roles in the conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine .
Stafford Crown Court heard that a total of 1.5kg of class-A drugs was moved from August 2017 to February 2018. Thomas – who played for Walsall FC as a youngster – ran the network of street dealers in Burton upon Trent and Rugeley, detailing their income, rent payments and shift patterns in a handwritten ledger.
A callous burglar who targeted the Birmingham home of a World War 2 veteran has been jailed after forensic experts found droplets of his blood on a broken window. Upon analysis, the blood returned a DNA hit to Wesley McDonnell – who has a history of breaking into pensioners’ homes.
McDonnell forced his way inside the 98-year-old’s Bordesley Green home at 11pm on September 26 and snatched £200 in cash. The victim – who served around the world with the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm – phoned a friend who alerted West Midlands Police to the burglary.
At the scene, droplets of blood were found on a glass door pane the 40-year-old smashed as he tried forcing open the property’s front door. As a result, detectives traced McDonnell, from Well Close in Bromford, to an address in Shirley where he was arrested on October 6. Initially he denied the offence, claiming to have cut himself while carrying out work at the victim’s address.
However, he entered a guilty plea on the eve of his trial and at Birmingham Crown Court on Tuesday (November 5) and was jailed for four years four months, plus an additional eight months for handling stolen goods.
This is the unbelievable moment a dangerous driver who led police on a 137mph chase jumped into the back seat to fool cops. Officers were forced to use tactical contact to stop the Mini Cooper from driving the WRONG WAY up an M6 slip road .
Central Motorway Police Group spotted the Mini just before 3.20pm on Wednesday, September 18, near to junction 9. They’d been told about a car matching the description which had been stolen in a burglary in Halesowen, so followed it. The Mini headed onto the M54 before it sped away from officers, who started a pursuit.
The Mini regularly hit speeds in excess of 100mph, often driving on the hard shoulder and weaving between lanes. At junction 10 of the M6, the driver tried to head the wrong way up a slip road. Officers used tactical contact to halt the car safely.
David Brennan, 23, jumped out of the driver’s seat and into the back of the car − but he didn’t fool officers, who had captured his every move on camera.
Unemployed Brennan, of Tamerton Road, Bartley Green, went on to admit dangerous driving and driving while disqualified and was jailed for 18 months at Birmingham Crown Court on Thursday (October 31). He was given a further three-year driving ban.
The paedophile pensioner who groomed boys and filmed them performing sexual acts at his Birmingham home was jailed for ten years.
Topliss befriended his victims by ‘offering his home as a place to play computer games, or by taking them to parks or swimming’, a court heard, but instead, he repeatedly abused one boy and ‘invited other boys into his home on a regular basis’.
His offending only ended when one victim told a social worker and nurse about being abused and police became involved.
Police, who then investigated the allegation made a number of visits to the defendant’s home and recovered a computer and many data storage items.
One of his victims, a man now in his 30’s, was “befriended” by Topliss when he gave him swimming and diving lessons.
He would also show them pornography, give them drugs and sweets and get them to perform sexual acts, the court heard.
Topliss recorded what went on and police later recovered 173 still images and three videos.
Former police officer Kinson sent two explicit videos of himself to an alleged victim of domestic violence and was jailed for eight months earlier in November.
He sent “explicit and flirty” messages to the woman over the course of two weeks and had previously been warned about inappropriate behaviour, heard Birmingham Crown Court.
Kinson, 37, a response officer based in Burton for Staffordshire Police, had previously admitted a charge of improper exercise of police power.
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Timothy Harrington, prosecuting, said: “There is a history of similar inappropriate behaviour for which the defendant was dealt with internally.”
He said that in November 2010 Kinson had sent sexually explicit text messages to a woman who had made a complaint of harassment against her partner.
Kinson, who was given “strong advice” by a police inspector said he was sorry and gave assurances the behaviour would not be repeated.
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