Lincolnshire

Behind bars: Lincolnshire criminals locked up in May

A man who slashed his girlfriend’s ex-partner with a knife, another whose dangerous driving caused the death of three people and four paedophiles were among those jailed in May.

Here’s a summary of notable court reports from this month:


Edward Church

Edward Church was jailed for 17 years. Photo: Lincolnshire Police

A dangerous Lincolnshire man who admitted sexually abusing three young girls was jailed for 17 years.

Edward Church, 68, raped one of his victims in a car when she was just 12-years-old. A jury at Lincoln Crown Court found Church guilty of the rape which occurred ten years ago.

Church, of Alderlands Close, Crowland, also admitted seven charges of indecent assault on two other young girls. Those incidents occured in the early 2000s when Church was living in a village between Sleaford and Grantham.

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Ross Madsen

Ross Madsen must serve at least two thirds of his sentence behind bars. Photo: Humberside Police

A 29-year-old man was sentenced for a total of 12 years after slashing his girlfriend’s ex-partner with a knife and causing a large cut to his face.

Ross Madsen, also known as Ross Robertson, of Wicklow Avenue in Grimsby, was jailed for seven years with an extra five years to be served on licence. He must serve at least two thirds of his sentence behind bars.

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Nathan Pedge

Nathan Pedge was jailed for 10 years. Photo: Lincolnshire Police

A paedophile who carried out sex attacks on two young girls, aged 5 and 7, was jailed for 10 years after being branded as dangerous by a judge.

Nathan Pedge, 26, of no fixed address, was given an extended sentence by Judge Simon Hirst which means that he will have to serve at least two-thirds of his sentence before he can be considered for release by the Parole Board.

Pedge was also given an extended licence of three years, which means that if he is released early he will remain on licence until March 2032 during which time he will be at risk of being returned to prison.

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John Devine

John Devine has been jailed for 10 years. Photo: Lincolnshire Police

A man who had previously been convicted of hare coursing in Lincolnshire was jailed for 10 years after an investigation into a £1.3 million drug dealing ring.

John Devine, 32, formerly of Worcester Crescent in Chaddeston, Derby, was jailed after he was found guilty at Derby Crown Court of conspiracy to supply cocaine. Three other men were also arrested – Benjamin Mousley, Liutauras Streckis, and Alvydas Giedraitis.

The four men have been jailed for a combined 61 years – Alvydas Giedraitis, formerly of Silver Street in Enfield, London was jailed 20 years; Liuturas Streckis, formerly of Main Avenue in Enfield, London was jailed for 19 years; Benjamin Francis Mousley, formerly of Friar Gate in Derby was jailed for 12 years.

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Tommy Whitmore

Tommy Whitmore was jailed for eight years and four months. Photo: Cambridgeshire Police

A 26-year-old man from near Spalding was jailed for eight years and four months after pleading guilty to causing the death of two siblings and the sister’s fiancé in Peterborough.

Tommy Whitmore from Pinchbeck near Spalding pleaded guilty to three counts of causing death by dangerous driving after a crash between the Ford Ranger Wildtrack he was driving and a Renault Megane. All three occupants in the Megane died at the scene – sister and brother Jana Kockova and Tomas Kocko and Jana’s fiancé Marko Makula.

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Andrew Clingo

Andrew Clingo was found guilty by a jury.

The founder of a Lincolnshire choir was jailed for eight years after he was found guilty of sex attacks on a teenage boy.

Andrew Clingo, 43, who was musical director of the Handful of Harmonies Choir and is a former primary school teacher, was also placed on the sex offenders’ register for life and given an indefinite sexual harm prevention order. He was also barred from working with children and other vulnerable people.

Lincoln Crown Court heard that his victim had been severely affected by the abuse he suffered and had twice attempted to take his own life.

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Stuart Vissers

Stuart Vissers.

A fraudster, who targeted two vulnerable women in Boston and defrauded them out of their life savings, has been jailed for five years.

Stuart Vissers, 43, from Southampton, used multiple identities to sell his disabled victims technology products before he changed tactics to sell them fake investment opportunities. He also tried to intimidate the witnesses before the trial.

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David Parker

David Parker was jailed for four years. Photo: Humberside Police

David Parker, 61, of Glebe Road, Brigg, was jailed for four years and given a lifetime sexual harm prevention order for intended sexual offences against children.

He pleaded to offences of attempting to arrange/facilitate the commission of a child sex offence at an earlier court appearance.

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James Dunnett

James Dunnett.

James Dunnett, 50, of Bridge Street, Gainsborough, was jailed for two years after police found a stash of cocaine and MDMA when stopping a vehicle he was driving in the early hours of the morning.

The vehicle was seen by officers on Woodhill Avenue in Gainsborough. They stopped the car and Dunnett failed a breath test and he was arrested for drink driving. When the vehicle was searched three self-sealed bags containing cocaine where found. A Thermos flask was also found and inside was a quantity of self-sealed bags and three packages containing powder.

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Craig Whittle

Craig Whittle.

A man who attacked his partner during an argument over their finances was jailed for 16 months.

Craig Whittle, 33, of Lumley Road in Skegness, blocked his partner Natalie Read from leaving their dining room and then punched her in the chest when she attempted to push him out of the way. He then held her down on the sofa and grabbed a small saw from his tool bag which he swung towards her face, threatening to cut her nose off.

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Christopher London

Christopher London. Photo: Lincolnshire Police

A burglar who carried out two nighttime raids was jailed for around two years and four months (876 days).

Christopher London, 31, of no fixed address, broke into a house at Nettleton while the family slept unaware of what was happening. London was also involved in the burglary of an isolated property in the North Kelsey area.

The occupants of the house discovered their car had gone and items from inside the house were missing. Police found two people in the passenger seats of a vehicle parked up at Holton-le-Moor.

The two passengers each admitted a charge of handling stolen goods. Denni Tams, 27, of no fixed address, was jailed for three months. Jodie Needham, 26, of Fairmont Road, Grimsby, also admitted possession of a bladed article and possession of drugs. She was given a 12 month community order with a rehabilitation activity requirement of up to 20 days.

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Geoffrey Finlow

Geoffrey Finlow was jailed for 15 months. Photo: Lincolnshire Police

A burglar who was caught in the act after breaking into a property while the occupants were watching television was jailed for 15 months.

Geoffrey Finlow, 32, of The Crescent, entered the premises above a shop in Bank Street, Horncastle, through an unlocked rear door but the noise he made alerted the family dog. The victim went to investigate and found himself confronted by Finlow who then fled.

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Band of burglars

Shaun Parker and Michael Winchester were charged with burglary offences. Photo: Humberside Police

Nine men have been charged with burglary offences at shops, venues and businesses in North East Lincolnshire. Two have been thrown behind bars.

A total of 13 people were arrested by Humberside Police after a number of firms across the borough were broken into. Of those nine were charged, two have been jailed, one was given a community order and the remaining six are due before court in the coming weeks.

Shaun Park, 30, of St Peter’s Avenue in Cleethorpes was jailed for 36 weeks and ordered to pay a £115 victim’s surcharge. Michael Winchester, 33, of no fixed abode, was jailed for eight weeks and ordered to pay a £115 victim’s surcharge.

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Teenage burglar

Still from Lincolnshire Police Help Yourself anti-burglary campaign video.

A teenage burglar who carried out a string of raids on homes in the south of Lincoln has been locked up.

The 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was involved in raids on homes in Bracebridge Heath, Skellingthorpe and Lincoln. He was given an 18 month detention and training order and disqualified from driving for two years and nine months.

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Paul White

A drug dealer with 28 previous convictions for a total of 49 offences was caught with a stash of Mamba was sentenced to 11 months in prison.

Paul White, 30, of Beaumont Fee, was detained at Lincoln train station by police for a drugs search. A total of 439 grammes of Mamba was found on White and during a search subsequently carried out at his home.

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