#AceNewsReport – May.16: All four were sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court on Wednesday, 12 May after being found guilty of rape at the same court the day before:
LONDON: ‘Four men jailed for raping woman in Ealing: The group subjected the victim to a prolonged and repeated attack after meeting her at a nightclub in August 2017’
[Left to right: Lupu, Ceban, Rotaru, Cimbir]
Detective Constable Angie Meadows, who worked on the investigation, said: “Over the course of my career this is one of the worst assaults I have ever dealt with and they deserve such lengthy prison sentences.”
Octavian Lupu, 31 (03.07.90), of Coldharbour Lane, Hayes, was sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment.
Andrei Rotaru, 25 (09.12.95), of Clun Road, Littlehampton, was sentenced to 17 years’ imprisonment.
Alexandru Cimbir, 40 (14.07.80), of Rabournmead Drive, Northolt, was sentenced to 18-and-a-half years’ imprisonment.
Dmitri Ceban, 28 (27.10.92), of Princes Park, Hayes, was sentenced to 16 years’ imprisonment.
The court heard that the four men were together at a nightclub in Ealing on the evening of 12 August 2017. Lupu was seen on CCTV approaching several women before dancing with the victim and buying her drinks.
She had planned to get a taxi home, however her mobile phone wasn’t working and left the club with Lupu who had offered to help organise a taxi home.
The victim then remembers being put into the back of a car with four men who drove her to an address in Northolt where she was taken inside and repeatedly raped by all four men. The attack lasted approximately 90 minutes.
Following the assault, the suspects returned the victim’s clothes and arranged for a taxi to take her home. She managed to get to hospital where she contacted police who attended the hospital and began an investigation.
Officers were able to use CCTV from inside the nightclub and the venue’s I.D. entry system to identify the four men who were then arrested and interviewed. They all denied the allegations and gave varying accounts of what had happened that evening.
Detective Constable Meadows, added: “The victim was on a night out with her friends when she was subjected to a horrific ordeal by these men who have expressed no remorse for their actions throughout the course of the investigation: “ I hope that the conclusion of the case gives the victim some closure that she can begin moving forward with her life. She has shown great courage and bravery in standing up to her attackers and supporting the investigation: “ Women’s safety remains a top priority for the Met and we would encourage anyone who has been a victim or witnessed a sexual assault to contact police. You will be supported by our specially trained officers who will give advice and take all allegations seriously.”
If you need to report a crime, you can do so by calling 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.
#AceNewsReport – May.12: Terence O’Connor, 25 (03.12.95), of Webb Street, Bolton, was sentenced to 16 years, three months at Harrow Crown Court on Monday, 10 May following an intelligence led investigation conducted by the Met’s Proactive Money Laundering Team:
‘Man jailed after cache of automatic weapons, ammunition, drugs and cash found by police in his home’
Terence O’Connor, 25
At Harrow Crown Court on 21 August 2020, O’Connor pleaded guilty to:
Two counts of possession of a Class A drug (cocaine);
Being concerned in the supply of a Class A drug (cocaine);
Possession of criminal property;
Two counts of possession of a prohibited automatic weapon;
Possession of ammunition.
He pleaded guilty to possession of a silencer and two counts of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life at the same court on Thursday, 11 February.
The court heard that on 21 April 2020 specialist officers saw O’Connor hand what they believed to be a bag of cash to a suspect they were monitoring in relation to a money laundering investigation.
On 30 April 2020 he was observed in a parked car in Silverston Way, Edgware. He was seen to exit and walk around to the boot of the car where he starting moving items. Concerned about what he might be moving, detectives approached in unmarked vehicles and safely detained O’Connor at the back of the car.
Detectives searched a black rucksack at O’Connor’s feet and they found a large quantity of cocaine hidden inside it. O’Connor stated to the officers without warning, ‘I’ve never seen that before.’
O’Connor was also found in possession of an encrypted ‘EncroChat’ mobile phone.
He was arrested on suspicion of possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply and he was taken to a north London police station.
A thorough examination of the car revealed that there was a concealed hide within a passenger side interior panel. Although it was empty, apart from two separate coloured latex gloves, it was assessed that it could conceal a significant amount of illicit items.
During a search of an address linked to O’Connor on Amais Drive, Edgware, detectives discovered £143,080 in cash, a money counting machine and additional quantities of cocaine.
In total officers seized about 1kilo of cocaine, with a wholesale value of about £32,000 to £36,000 – although its value was likely to be more at that time because the UK was in lockdown
Empty drugs packaging recovered from inside the address indicated that upwards of 100kilos of cocaine had been processed at the location.
However, cash and drugs were not the only things detectives found during their search of the address.
Within the flat, police discovered a false wall panel concealing a void behind it. Inside the void was a holdall containing cache of automatic weapons and ammunition. Officers also discovered a compatible silencer.
The firearms were made safe and were sent off for testing. Forensic analysis confirmed the weapons seized were a fully functioning 9mm Uzi sub machine gun and a .32 auto Skorpion sub-machine gun.
Both were accompanied by compatible magazines and were compatible with the silencer. In addition, 332 rounds of compatible ammunition were recovered, which included additional rounds of .38 calibre ammunition.
O’Connor answered no comment to all the questions he was asked during his police interview.
He was charged on 1 May 2020 with two counts of possession of a Class A drug (cocaine) with intent to supply, being concerned in the supply of a Class A drug (cocaine), two counts of possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition, possession of a component part (silencer) and possession of criminal property.
Following the forensic analysis of the firearms, he was later additionally charged with two counts of possessing firearms with intent to endanger life
Detective Constable Kevin Davies, the investigating officer from the Met’s Proactive Money Laundering Team, said: “This sentence reflects the seriousness of the matters under investigation and will serve as a deterrent to those involved in serious and organised crime: “ O’Connor was involved in large scale drug trafficking and was also instrumental in the laundering of the proceeds of this crime. He had possession of dangerous automatic weapons, ammunition and a silencer, which would have been capable of causing death and serious injury on the streets of London: “ This investigation shows the close link between money laundering and those committing the most harm within London’s communities. It is also another example of the inextricable link between money, drugs and violence. We remain committed to putting people like O’Connor behind bars to ensure London is a safer place for everyone.”
#AceNewsReport – Apr.28: The weapon had earlier been delivered to a postal hub in the West Midlands but was intercepted by Border Force officers:
Builder jailed for pistol and ammunition smuggling plot: National Crime Agency officers arrested 23-year-old Polish national Kacper Tkaczyk on 16 June 2020 after he accepted a package which contained a 9mm Heckler & Koch SFP9 self-loading pistol with 25 rounds of ammunition.
NCA surveillance officers watched as the parcel, which was disguised as a box of hair clippers, was delivered to a home being renovated in Cricklewood. One of the builders working there accepted it and handed it to Tkaczyk, who arrived on his motorbike soon after.
As he attempted to leave Tkaczyk was detained by armed officers from the Metropolitan Police Service with the package in his rucksack. NCA officers then arrested and interviewed him. Further enquiries showed that the name on the parcel was false.
Tkaczyk, of Ulster Gardens, Palmers Green, was subsequently charged with importing a firearm and ammunition, pleading guilty to this offence on 16 April.
He was sentenced to seven years at Isleworth Crown Court today (23 April).
NCA operations manager Piers Phillips said: “Criminals like Tkaczyk do not care for the safety and wellbeing of innocent members of the public and will go to any lengths to obtain guns and ammunition. His actions were reckless and endangered the lives of Londoners.
“Weapons like these can be used to inflict serious violence and are often associated with the supply of drugs.
“The partnership working between the NCA, the Metropolitan Police and Border Force has kept a deadly weapon off our streets.”
#AceNewsReport – Apr.20: In a victimless prosecution, O’Brien was found guilty of sexual assault by penetration, after the jury were shown CCTV footage of the incident, which happened on board a route 243 bus in Stoke Newington Road, N16 on 31 May 2020:
Man jailed for sexual assault of woman on bus in Hackney: ‘David O’Brien, 51 (24.01.69) of no fixed abode was sentenced at Wood Green Crown Court on Friday 16 April for the offence, which took place in Hackney last spring’
[JAILED: David O’Brien]
The woman, aged in her 20s, had fallen asleep on the bus when she awoke to find O’Brien sexually assaulting her: Her shocked and distressed reaction prompted O’Brien to flee the vehicle when it stopped at Stoke Newington Road, junction with Princess May Road, N16: Police were called and an investigation launched by officers from the Central East Command: Through diligent CCTV enquiries, officers were able to identify O’Brien after an officer recognised him from the footage. On 7 August 2020 he was arrested in York Way WC1. He was taken into custody and later charged as above:
DC Hema Patel said: “O’Brien is a dangerous and predatory individual who, in a particularly abhorrent act, targeted the victim while she was asleep and therefore defenceless: “ The victim has shown extreme bravery and courage in reporting the incident and helping us to bring O’Brien to justice and therefore preventing him from committing further offences: “ Whilst she did not wish to provide evidence at the trial, the overwhelming CCTV evidence against O’Brien ensured he would be held to account for his serious crimes.”
#AceNewsReport – Apr.20: The court heard Morgan and Param were part of a gang of four young men armed with knives who chased and then fatally stabbed 20-year-old Crosslon Davis in an alleyway in Deptford:
Pair given life sentences for murder of Crosslon Davis: Elijah Morgan, 20 (04.11.00) of no fixed address and Jedaiah Param, 21 (07.08.99) of Norwood High Street, West Norwood, were found guilty on Friday, 12 March following a trial at the Old Bailey: They were both sentenced at the same court on Monday, 19 April to a minimum of 28 years in jail.
Victim: Crosslon Davis
Analysis of mobile phone records showed that Crosslon arrived at Deptford Creek with a friend in the early hours of 6 December 2019.
Cell site data of mobile phones belonging to Morgan and Param showed they had arrived in the same area slightly earlier.
The pair were identified by homicide detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command through CCTV from a minicab that was called to pick them up at the scene.
The violent attack started after Morgan and Param got into the minicab and Crosslon attacked Morgan with a mallet.
The minicab drove away from the scene a short distance before the driver was told to stop and Morgan and Param got out and started chasing Crosslon.
CCTV footage from Ha’penny Hatch showed that Crosslon was pursued by the pair, as well as two other unidentified males, who were all armed with knives or machetes.
All four of them stabbed Crosslon, who collapsed to the ground. Crosslon’s friend had tried to place himself between him and the attackers, but he was overpowered.
A number of local residents provided statements describing how they had seen the group running after Crosslon.
Police and paramedics were called to the scene. Despite their efforts, Crosslon died a short time later due to the loss of blood from at least nine stab wounds, including one that penetrated his lung and heart.
Crosslon’s friend called 999 and initially stayed with him until the emergency services arrived. However, he gave a false name to officers at the scene and declined to give a witness statement, or help with the police investigation in any way.
Morgan was identified after a police officer recognised him from the minicab CCTV footage. He was arrested at an address in Birmingham on 2 January.
Param, who was also identified via the minicab CCTV, was arrested at Dover Eastern Docks after he was found hiding underneath a coat in the back of a car as it went through passport control.
Both men declined to comment in police interviews and subsequently pleaded not guilty to murder.
Morgan’s defence during the trial was that he was wrongly identified.
Detective Chief Inspector Richard Vandenbergh, the lead investigator, said: “This was a savage and merciless attack. Crosslon was clearly running way from his attackers, who set upon him armed with large knives: “ The number of stab wounds sustained by Crosslon demonstrates the murderous intent of the four people who hunted him down: “ I think it is right that Elijah Morgan and Jedaiah Param have received lengthy jail sentences for their part in the attack. I am also pleased that we have some justice for Crosslon’s family, who have conducted themselves with the greatest of dignity throughout the court process: “ We know there are still two other people who took part in this attack, who have not yet been identified, and we are still determined to find them. I urge anyone who knows where they are to contact police immediately.”” In her victim impact statement, Crosslon’s mother Vivienne said: “My life was all about Crosslon. He was reason for leaving my house, the reason I cook every day, he is the first thing on my mind when I wake and the last thing on my mind at night. We had lots of laughs through good and bad and he was also my friend: “ We still can’t believe this is happening. Crosslon’s life was tragically cut short, and I am still numb and paralysed, plagued by grief and pain. They have ripped out my heart. We are haunted by what happened to Cross: “ Crosslon was easy to love, so polite and always respectful. He was popular amongst his friends, fun compassionate and loyal. He will be greatly missed by them all as they also continue to grieve their loss.”
If you have any information about the identity of these two men, or know of their whereabouts, please call police on 101. You can also give information, 100 per cent anonymously, to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 or by visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org
If you are worried about someone you suspect may be carrying a knife or other weapon, advice and support is also available through organisations including Knife Free and Fearless.
I have struggled with this statement as there is no words to easily explain how the actions of these individuals has affected me and my family. I don’t think it could ever be accurately conveyed.
On December 6th our lives changed forever.
At around 4am I was informed by two officers at my home that my son had passed away. I believe I have been in a state of shock ever since and continue to be frozen at that precise day and time. It is as though I am having an out of body experience, this can’t possibly be happening to me!
Every morning that I wake up is as if it is ground hog day, still the 5th of December 2019 and I just cannot fathom going any further. I do not want to see beyond that, a world and life without my baby. I am surrounded with darkness and all I see is pain, anger, hurt, frustration but no sight of happiness. Happy no longer exists for us.
On the 6th of December 2019, when I opened the door to those two police officers, that is the exact moment happy left our lives. Those officers gave me a pill that night that I just can’t seem to swallow. I continue to hold this pill because it’s still too big a pill to swallow.
They have not only murdered my baby, but they have also murdered any grandchildren my baby could have given me. My son wanted children so much and he would have been a brilliant father! We spoke about him wanting a baby only months before he was brutally murdered.
He had plans for his future. Cross had secured himself a place at university to start January 2020 and was also planning to get his driving license so that he could commute to university. He also had a prearranged meeting for the 10th of December with a music distribution company who was interested in his songs, hence the video he had just been filming on the day before his murder.
Crosslon has been rapping since the age of two. At five years of age, he told me he wanted to be one of three things: a rapper, soldier or policeman. When my father passed away Cross wanted to know who was most likely to die first of the said three professions. I explained logically: soldier, then policeman followed by rapper based on dangers at work. He came to the decision he would be a rapper first but didn’t wish to be famous, secondly a police officer and lastly a soldier as the likelihood of dying was greatest with the last profession. Ironically, he became a rapper and now he is dead.
Cross also loved Art and wanted to become an architect, hence him pursuing higher education. When he started secondary school at Westminster Boys, he loved design and technology which prompted this passion for design and end goal.
He had plans for his future, and I was right beside him to help and support him along the way to reaching his goals. I was really looking forward to the man he was becoming, and I was extremely proud of the person he was.
My life was all about Crosslon. He was reason for leaving my house, the reason I cook every day, he is the first thing on my mind when I wake and the last thing on my mind at night. We had lots of laughs through good and bad and he was also my friend.
We still can’t believe this is happening. Crosslon’s life was tragically cut short, and I am still numb and paralysed, plagued by grief and pain. They have ripped out my heart. We are haunted by what happened to Cross.
My day consists of having to deal with severe anxiety, depression and panic attacks due to the callous actions of these boys. My sons had to bury their baby brother; imagine how they must feel? They have become truly damaged, filled with guilt and despair. Our family has changed beyond repair.
It is a daily struggle and fight to continue as a mother, but my children are the reason I keep going. Our lives have been totally derailed.
They have not only murdered Cross, but they have killed his brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, family and friends! It is so painstakingly heart wrenching for me to see my family like this, knowing I cannot do a thing to help.
It breaks my heart to know the pain my grandchildren are enduring, missing their uncle and so painfully aware of his absence. They have had to endure such trauma and terror which they will be haunted with for the rest of their lives. They suffer with night terrors, so many unanswered questions, “why him?” “Why would anyone hurt Uncle Cross?” and continue receiving counselling and support.
Crosslon was easy to love, so polite and always respectful. He was popular amongst his friends, fun compassionate and loyal. He will be greatly missed by them all as they also continue to grieve their loss.
He was intelligent and had the whole world in front of him, such a bright future cruelly cut short. Crosslon was vibrant and so alive, he had so much to live for and so much talent and promise. He had a beautiful, radiant and warm smile!
We will never see him get married or have children. Taken away from us due to the violent and wilful actions of 5 cruel strangers.
I would do anything to trade places with Crosslon and take away the terror and pain he must have felt that night! This evil should never be allowed to be a part of our society again with their constant lack of respect for the law.
These cowards pleading not guilty and causing us to have to go through this horrifically detailed trial on how they brutally and callously murdered my baby, refusing to acknowledge guilt or responsibility for their heinous crime speaks for itself. They have made me watch my son being killed around 15 times on the CCTV footage which was shown to the court.
The last time I held my baby was the 5th of December 2019. We hugged and said “I love you” as we usually do when he leaves out, but this time I said “break a leg” for luck as I would normally do when he is performing or going to shoot a video.
The saddest thing is that I buried my baby without the realisation of what I was doing; I will NEVER hold my baby again. I will never hear him call me Mumma again.
We will never get the complete feeling of happiness again, but we cherish every moment we had with Crosslon and have so many wonderful memories.
No sentence imposed will ever reflect the heartache and pain inflicted upon our family and we will never come to terms with our loss but Crosslon will always be in our hearts.
#AceNewsReport – Apr.18: The man suffered a serious head injury and multiple cuts and bruises to his body: With all the odds against him, the 50-year-old survived, going from intensive care to rehabilitation. Detectives led extensive investigations, which resulted in Ashley’s arrest.
Man jailed for 10 years after hammer attack: In the first incident Craig Ashley struck a 50-year-old man from behind before beating him as he lay on the ground during the terrifying ordeal in Ballfields, Tipton in April 2020. Craig Ashley has been jailed: Then in June 2020, Ashley attacked the same man with a hammer, hitting him numerous times all over his body at a property in Tame Road, Tipton.
15th April 2021
On Friday (9 April), Ashley, of Willingsworth Road, Wednesbury, was sentenced at Wolverhampton Crown Court to 10 years for the assault in June, with two years for the April attack to run concurrently.
The 40-year-old had pleaded guilty days before the trial was due to commence, resulting in some reduction in sentencing of which he will serve two thirds, followed by an indefinite restraining order.
Man who attacked police officer with a sword in Dagenham jailed: ‘Anthony Browne, 63 (21.08.57) of Lodge Avenue, Dagenham was sentenced to seven years and four months’ imprisonment at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday, 16 April’ This comes after he pleaded guilty on Tuesday, 16 February to section 18 grievous bodily harm’
MET Police Case Notes: Officers were called at 19:40hrs on 30 November 2020 to reports of a disturbance and a man behaving aggressively at a residential address on Lodge Avenue in Dagenham: Officers attended and were confronted by Browne who, unbeknown to the officers, had a large sword hidden behind his back. Browne lunged towards an officer while brandishing the sword: As officers attempted to detain him, one officer was injured. The sword connected with the officer’s hand, breaking it and partially severing a finger: The officer was taken to an east London hospital for treatment; his injuries were not life-threatening, but required surgery and ongoing treatment: Browne was arrested at the scene on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent and common assault: He was taken to an east London police station where he was subsequently charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent to resist / prevent arrest and was remanded in custody pending his court appearance.
Detective Chief Superintendent Stephen Clayman, in charge of policing in East Area, said: “Anyone watching the body worn video footage will agree that it is completely unacceptable that officers are met with extreme violence like this. The officer’s colleagues were certainly quickly on scene when the alarm was raised. The fact his injuries were not life threatening was fortunate, particularly for Browne, who could have found himself facing even more serious charges: “ I’m quite sure that this will have a lasting impact on the officer concerned who showed great courage in the face of danger: “ The dramatic escalation of violence and aggression shown by Browne highlights both the bravery and risks police officers often face, particularly in someone’s own home: “ It also demonstrates that anyone who assaults an officer whilst carrying out their duty, no matter what the circumstances, will find themselves before the courts, so be warned.”
#AceNewsReport – Apr.13: It’s estimated they stole high-performance cars with a combined value of £700,000 during the raids in Coventry, Leicestershire and Warwickshire:
Teens jailed for burglary spree in latest strike against Coventry gangs: ‘The quartet − all affiliated to the C2 gang in Coventry − struck almost 40 times in the space of four months between December 2019 and March last year’
12th April 2021:
We linked them to the break-ins through extensive phone work − recovering photos and video of them posing in stolen cars − plus examination of road cameras showing them making off from the violent raids.
And we also found DNA linked to one of the offenders in a BMW M140i − taken in Leicestershire on 11 December 2019 − that was found crashed in Coventry’s Silverdale Close 19 days later.
In the face of compelling evidence all four teenagers − three 17-year-olds and one aged 16 − admitted conspiracy to commit burglary and at Birmingham Crown Court on 8 April they were given custodial sentences, which combined – are just over 18 years – for their part in the burglaries.
As the offenders are under-18 we are not legally able to name them.
Coventry Police Detective Inspector Kerrie Martin, said: “Young men and, sadly, boys linked to this C2 gang are behind a lot of the violence we’ve seen in Coventry: “ We’ve now taken several members of the gang out of society where they no longer pose a danger to the public. And we will continue to pursue anyone who chooses gang life and causes fear and harm in our communities: “We have a dedicated gangs unit in Coventry that’s getting under the skin of these gangs and to disrupt their activity: “But for those who want to step away from gangs we can help. We work with partners to support anyone wanting to sever ties with gangs and get them on the path to a more fulfilling life.”
The group first struck on 8 December 2019 in Dawlish Drive, Stivichall, where they forced open a kitchen window before swiping keys to a Seat Ateca Cupra: We later recovered video from one of their phones showing them boasting about being in the £38,000 car and accelerating at speed. The Seat was found burned out and on false plates in Cleveland on 13 January: They went on to commit a string of violent break-ins where they kicked open doors, force windows or hurled bricks through windows to gain entry: Most offences were carried out during the day when residents were out but on occasions victims were threatened and assaulted: On Christmas Eve 2019 they tried kicking open the front door to a home in Stivichall Croft, Coventry, while a family were inside: And on 16 February a woman hid inside her bathroom after the gang broke into her home in Station Avenue, Tile Hill, before stealing a Mini: The final burglary on 8 March in Burbage, Leicestershire, also saw a couple take refuge in a bathroom while the thieves rifled through their home for keys to an Audi S3. They later told how they feared for their lives and had considered jumping from the window.
Det Insp Martin added: “These were really violent offences that left many victims terrified: “ Many of the offences were in broad daylight and in some the victims were at home. It was clearly a shocking experience for them and I hope the fact the offenders have been handed long jail terms will provide some comfort.”
#AceNewsReport – Apr.08: The drugs, which totalled 55 kilos of heroin and 60 kilos of cocaine, were found hidden in jump starters and followed a pattern seen in other drug seizures that had come into the UK from The Netherlands:
NCA Report: 57 years for Dutch drug traffickers who smuggled Class A drugs into UK officers launched an investigation in 2016 when drugs valued at over £12.5 million were found at Purfleet Docks, in a delivery of car batteries that were heading to an industrial site in Essex’
Yesterday [29 March] in Utrecht, five of the men were found guilty and sentenced to a total of 57 years in prison.
NCA officers obtained evidence which led to the arrest of seven men in The Netherlands, and the seizure of firearms, grenades and cash.
The ringleader of the group, Marcel Doest, a 38 year-old from Nieuwegein, was sentenced to sixteen years in prison.
His second in command, a 33 year-old, also from Nieuwegein, was sentenced to fourteen years.
Three other men who were involved in the conspiracy were also convicted and received sentences of seven and eight years.
The leaders of the group were found guilty not only of organising large drug transports from The Netherlands to the UK between 2013 and 2018, but also money laundering and dealing in stolen cars.
Regional Head of Investigations at the National Crime Agency, Jacque Beer, said: “This outcome concludes an investigation that began in the UK and through close collaboration with our partners across Europe, ends in The Netherlands: “ Following a huge drugs seizure in the UK in 2016 and further analysis by NCA officers, information that was crucial to the arrest of the main subject and the apprehension of the others was uncovered: “ These men were clearly serious and organised criminals, who sought to profit from trafficking drugs and other criminality: “ Through joint working with our colleagues both in the UK and abroad, we’ve stopped a huge amount of Class A drugs from reaching the streets and yesterday’s result will have fractured a key source of drugs from entering the market.”
Three men jailed after rape and robbery of two women in Hackney: ‘The men appeared at Wood Green Crown Court on Friday, 12 February where they were convicted of rape and robbery offences’
They were sentenced at the same court on Tuesday, 6 April as follows:
[A] Edmilson Caimanque, 24 (27.03.97) of St. Olaves Road, Newham, was found guilty of two counts of rape and two counts of robbery – he was sentenced to 18 years’ imprisonment for rape and nine years’ imprisonment for robbery – all sentences to run concurrently.
[B] Adilson Mendes-Namdja-Uare, 23 (01.12.97) of Lincoln Road, Newham, was found guilty of two counts of robbery and was sentenced to ten years’ imprisonment.
[C] David Fonseca, 27 (25.01.94) of Romford Road, Stratford, was found guilty of one count of rape and two counts of robbery – he was sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment for rape and nine years’ imprisonment for robbery – all sentences to run concurrently.
MET CASE NOTES: An investigation was launched after police were called by a nurse at a sexual health clinic on Thursday, 13 June 2019 after a patient reported that she had been raped: The woman informed officers that there was also a second victim who was located by officers: On the evening of Wednesday, 12 June 2019 at around 23:00hrs, three men, armed with knives and an axe, broke into the victims’ home and raped them: After the attack, the defendants stole £1,250 in cash and a mobile phone. The men then left the scene: An investigation was launched and both women were taken for a medical examination at The Haven: DNA evidence subsequently linked Caimanque to both rapes and a further review of phone data showed him to be within the vicinity of the scene at the time of the incident: CCTV enquiries identified two further people of interest. Following a review of mobile phone activity, both Mendes-Namdja-Uare and Fonseca were identified as suspects. Forensic evidence also linked Fonseca to one of the rapes: Later analysis of phone activity and movement showed both had been at the same place at the time of the incident:
Caimanque and Mendes-Namdja-Uare were arrested at their respective home addresses on the morning of 9 July 2019. A search of both properties recovered identifiable clothing linking them to the scene. Fonseca was arrested two days later on 11 July.
Detective Sergeant Adam Knott from the Met’s Central East Public Protection unit,said: “These men attacked two women who were sleeping in what should have been the safety of their own home: “The evidence gathered, during what was an extremely complex and detailed investigation, led to the identification of all three defendants: “The conviction and subsequent sentencing of these men is testament to the bravery of the two women who were attacked and I commend them for coming forward to report these horrendous crimes: “ The resulting sentence against these dangerous offenders may well have prevented other women from being harmed.”
All three men appeared at Wood Green Crown Court on Friday, 12 February where they were convicted and remanded in custody to await sentence.
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#AceNewsReport – Mar.31: Ramadan, of Balance Street in Bath, pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual touching. He was jailed for nine months at Bristol Crown Court on Monday 22 March. Ramadan has been put on the sexual offenders register and has received an indefinite sexual harm prevention order too:
Man jailed after sexual offences against women in Bath
Esmail Ramadan, 35, intimidated a number of women late at night and in some cases inappropriately touched them:
On Thursday 10 October 2019, Ramadan followed two women as they left Mandalyns nightclub. He grabbed one and told her he loved her, but she pushed him away. The pair reported what happened to a member of door staff who made sure they were kept safe.
In mid-October 2019, Ramadan approached a woman to ask her for details in the Savile Road area. He then proceeded to follow her before grabbing her and kissing her. The victim managed to free herself and run to a place of safety.
During the early hours of Friday 1 November 2019, Ramadan hugged a woman who was on a night out before then inappropriately touching her from behind. He then began kissing her, grabbed her breasts and inappropriately touched her in an intimate area, as she desperately tried to push him away.
Officer in the case PC Andrew Macmillan said: “These women were out in Bath city centre enjoying a night out when they were subjected to horrendous sexual attacks: “ Ramadan’s victims were understandably left upset and in a huge amount of distress by the sickening assaults he committed: “ What happened to these victims is unacceptable and I commend their bravery in speaking out and reporting what happened to police. Without them coming forward, Ramadan’s criminality could well have continued and more women may have been a victim of his predatory behaviour: “ Our message to victims is simple – you will be believed, we will investigate and we will make sure you have access to any support services you may need.”
If you’ve been a victim of sexual abuse, recent or non-recent, you don’t have to speak to the police. You can self-refer to The Bridge, a Sexual Assault Referral Centre available 24/7 365 days a year. Visit their website at www.thebridgecanhelp.org.uk or call 0117 342 6999.
#AceNewsReport – Mar.28: Today (Friday 26 March) he was jailed for a total of six years at the Old Bailey and has also been ordered to comply with a Sexual Prevention Offences Order.
Man jailed after pleading guilty to terrorism offence: He was sentenced to eight months for each count to run concurrently relating to indecent images of children and possession of extreme pornography. This was following an investigation by Avon and Somerset Police: For the terrorism offences he was sentenced to five years and four months, with an extra 12 months on licence when he is released in a release issued on behalf of CTPSE’
Sohaib Embarek, a Spanish national of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty on 20 January to:
Five counts of possession of material likely to be useful to a person preparing to commit acts of terrorism contrary to Section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000
One count of dissemination of terrorist publications contrary to Section 2 of the Terrorism Act 2006.
Three counts of making indecent images of children.
One count of possession of extreme pornography.
Embarek had downloaded various bomb making manuals, guides on how to make poison, Daesh propaganda and then shared terrorist materials with others using messenger apps like Telegram.
As part of a proactive investigation, officers from CTPSE, Counter Terrorism Policing South West and Avon and Somerset Police carried out a warrant at an address in Bristol where Embarek was staying, on 9 December 2019. During the search, Embarek threw his Samsung mobile phone out of his window and denied owning any devices:
The phone, alongside another handset, a number of electrical devices including a laptop and a large number of pre-pay SIM cards were recovered and seized by detectives following a search at the property.
Embarek claimed during his interviews that he had been researching terrorism for more than five years; that he was on the same side as the police and that he was a legitimate journalist. When asked by detectives about which books he had read as part of his research, he could not recall a single title. When asked about any supporting documents he had regarding his research, such as research notes, he claimed to have lost his notebook on a holiday in Morocco in 2015 and decided to continue his ‘research’ without making any notes.
Detective Chief Superintendent Kath Barnes, Head of CTPSE, said: “Embarek was someone who very much had a terrorist mindset and no explanation for having materials in his possession: “ He had downloaded various documents and instructions in several languages, which he was fluent in, hoping this may cover this tracks and make it difficult for anyone investigating him:
Embarek made very few comments during interviews with detectives from CTPSE, but when he did talk, he only told lies. He lied about having a degree, he lied about attending a counter terrorism course and he lied about his book and his research.
“By the time of his arrest, Embarek had ceased to use anything which he felt would lead to his capture, such as bank accounts or a registered mobile phone.
“Whilst he had no means to carry out the type of terrorist offences he had been researching, they were very concerning and today’s sentence reflects the serious nature of those terrorism offences.
“What this case shows is the importance of early intervention to prevent someone being radicalised so much that the only option left is that of the criminal justice system.”
A new website launched in November 2020 designed to help and support those who have spotted changes in the behaviour of someone close to them.
Research shows that those who are closest to a person are far more likely to see subtle changes in character and hints of extremist behaviour, which may be the first indication a loved one is being radicalised.
Det Chief Supt Barnes added: “With the current pandemic, there has been a rise in the amount of time spent online and sadly there has also been an increase in hateful extremism. This is creating a risk for young and vulnerable people who may be targeted by those wanting to groom and feed their terrorist ideologies.
“However, it is important to realise that anyone can be the victim of online grooming of this nature and the Act Early website will give anyone with concerns the tools and advice they need in the first instance to address, and if necessary, seek help for this type of behaviour.
“The Act Early website will not only assist at the time of noticing different behaviour, but it also can provide you with a better understanding of what radicalisation looks like and how it could affect your loved one. There are also details of organisations outside of policing which can offer support.
“Now, more than ever, we are seeing far more people being radicalised entirely online and we want to help those people choose a different path, away from hatred and violence through the Prevent programme, which is here to provide help and support.”
Speaking about the terrorism offences, Superintendent Mark Runacres, area commander for Bristol, said: “While Embarek’s mindset is clearly very disturbing it’s not believed he posed any immediate threat to the public.
“This activity was carried out solely online and he didn’t appear to be close to putting any of it into action.
“Thanks to some excellent work from our Counter Terrorism Policing colleagues he was identified at an early stage and as a result, he will no longer be able to share his dangerous views with others.
“Cases of this nature are extremely rare in the South West region but should anyone have any concerns I’d encourage them to speak to their local neighbourhood team.”
#AceNewsReport – Mar.25: Munna Hamza, 50, was sentenced to a total of three years’ imprisonment on Friday after being convicted of three counts of encouraging terrorism contrary to the Terrorism Act 2006 at Woolwich Crown Court. He will have to spend an additional year on licence when he is released:
UK: ‘British man’ jailed for encouraging acts of jihad terror in Bangladesh and has been jailed on Friday following an investigation by the Metropolitan’s Counter Terrorism Command, according to the Asian Express.
Mar 24, 2021 2:00 pm:
“British man jailed for encouraging acts of terrorism in Bangladesh,” Dhaka Tribune, March 23, 2021:
Hamza was arrested by the Counter Terrorism Command after his social media messages encouraging acts of terrorism against Bangladesh government were reported to police in 2018. The officers seized his computer, phones and memory sticks for forensic examination.
Following a thorough investigation, counter terrorism officers identified five posts of concern. In his posts, Hamza urged people to commit serious acts of violence against the Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her government.
The Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit later assessed the posts and found they were likely to be in breach of UK terrorism legislation.
He was charged in 2019 with four counts of encouraging terrorism.
According to Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, he was convicted for three posts he made between 1 September 2015 and 31 December 2015, one on 3 May 2018 and one on 16 May 2018. He was found not guilty of one other count of encouraging terrorism contrary to section 1(2) of the Terrorism Act 2006, which related to a post he made on 24 June 2018.
Commander Richard Smith, the head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command praised the member of the public for reporting Hamza’s social media posts to the police….
#AceNewsReport – Mar.22: Mr Busma was discovered dead with a stab wound to the chest, burn marks and injuries consistent with being stamped on at Wilkin’s flat:
Man jailed over brutal Wolverhampton murder: ‘Simon Wilkins tortured 39-year-old Arturas Busma and left him with multiple injuries before handing himself into police’
19th March 2021:
WM POLICE CASE NOTES: He had been lured to the address in Tettenhall Road on 20 April last year after they had met outside a nearby convenience store and had purchased alcohol. There is nothing to suggest they had ever met before and Mr Busma had been in the wrong place at the wrong time: The next day Wilkins attended Wolverhampton police station and stated he had punched a man who now wasn’t breathing. The 28-year-old claimed Mr Busma had pulled a knife on him and he retaliated: The only evidence we found after descending on the address was Mr Busma’s badly beaten body after what we believe was a sustained attack: Wilkins pleaded guilty to the murder but his version of Mr Busma being the aggressor was not accepted by the court and he was jailed for a minimum of 17 and a half years at Wolverhampton Crown Court: The case against a 33-year-old woman who was also initially charged with murder was dropped:
Detective Inspector Laura Harrison, from our homicide unit, said: “Sadly the family of Mr Busma will never really know why their loved one was taken away in such a brutal way: “ It appeared he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time and happened to come across Wilkins. He was persuaded to go the flat and it was there he was killed: “ We can only hope the lengthy prison sentence will offer some comfort to Mr Busma’s family and friends.”
#AceNewsReport – Mar.17: The National Crime Agency launched an investigation after Zdenek Kamaryt, 38, originally from Ceske Budejovice in the Czech Republic, was detained at Heathrow Airport on 8 November 2020 as he attempted to board a flight to Dubai:
Money launderer tried to leave Heathrow with suitcases stuffed full of cash: ‘A brazen money launderer who tried to smuggle almost £1.4 million cash out of the UK in his luggage has been jailed for more than two years’
NCA Published: 10 March 2021
He had checked in three suitcases for the flight – each was stuffed full of vacuum packed packages of cash totalling more than £1.3 million.
Another £50,000 was found in his carry-on hand luggage, including bundles of £50 notes stuffed inside socks.
He initially told Border Force officers he was a currency trader and intended to use the money to buy watches.
NCA investigators found that he had purchased the vacuum packaging himself at a high street hardware store just days before. The credit card used to buy the bags was in his possession at the time of his arrest. They also found documentation detailing how much money was in each bag.
In interviews with the NCA he refused to say who had given him the money, or where he was due to take it.
Kamaryt was charged with money laundering offences, which he later admitted in court. On Tuesday 9 March a judge at Isleworth Crown Court sentenced him to 26 months in jail. The money will also be seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
NCA Heathrow operations manager Ian Truby said: “ This was a pretty brazen attempt to take money out of the country – Kamaryt’s suitcases contained very little else other than wads of cash: “ I’ve no doubt he knew this money was the profits of crime and would have ended up being reinvested in further criminal activity. He didn’t care about the impact: “ Cash is the lifeblood of organised crime. Working with partners like Border Force we are determined to do all we can to disrupt that flow of illicit finance and target the money launderers involved.”A 26-year-old woman arrested at Heathrow at the same time as Kamaryt was later released without further action.
#AceNewsReport – Mar.15: Kevan O’Connor aged 75, of Rawlinson Road, Old Swan was convicted of 14 offences after trial: O’Connor groomed and sexually abused his victims, in some cases over several years:
Historic Sex Abuse: ‘A man who ‘Raped & Sexually Abused Children’ during 1950’s – 1970’s has been jailed for 17 years on Friday’
Detective Constable Claire McDonald said: “The bravery of the victims in coming forward and supporting a prosecution has meant that this man, who had ruined their lives, will now face justice and spend many years in prison: “ His vile actions has affected every area of their lives, and the emotional impact has been long lasting. They have been haunted by his assaults for decades and it cannot be underestimated how courageous they have been by facing him in court: “ I would urge anyone who has suffered sexual abuse in childhood, no matter how long ago, to seek support and consider reporting to Merseyside Police’s Unity Team. You will be supported by specially trained and experience officers, and we will do everything in our power to make sure your attacker faces justice for their crimes:
If you have been a victim of sexual assault, you can call officers in the force’s specialist Unity team on 0151 777 1382. Information can also be passed to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111: Help and support is also available from the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Service Merseyside by calling 0151 666 1392:
#AceNewsReport- Mar.14: Saghawat Ramzan, his son Omar Ramzan, and Mohammed Sageer claimed they acted in self-defence when they brutally killed Khuzaimah Douglas, aged 19, and Saghawat’s own brother, Waseem Ramzan, aged 36.L – R: Omar Ramzan, Saghawat Ramzan and Mohammed Sageer
Crossbow killer will serve at least 33 years for double murder: ‘Three men have been jailed for life after two men were brutally killed with a crossbow during a cannabis farm burglary in Brierley Hill’
‘The Ramzan’s lived next door to their professional and lucrative cannabis factory in Pensnett Road, Brierley Hill. Living just next door, they were able to keep a close eye on any potential risks, including those posed from other criminals’
12th March 2021
At 3.30am on 20 February last year, the house was raided by a group of around 10 people wanting to steal their crop. Knowing an attack of this kind was likely, the Ramzan’s had amassed a huge collection of weapons including a large panther crossbow , a smaller crossbow , a sword, knives and a knuckleduster.
Saghawat Ramzan and his son Omar rushed next door to see what was going on also calling Saghawat’s brother, Waseem who lived further down the street for help.
Armed with a crossbow and sword, Saghawat began to attack the raiders, he fired a shot from his crossbow which just missed. They tried to run away but one of the robbers, Khuzaimah, was caught by Waseem and wrestled to the ground.
At this point Mohammed Sageer arrived and joined in the attack.
Khuzaimah struggled to free himself, but all three men attacked him and Saghawat reloaded his crossbow with a bolt and fired at almost point-blank range in the direction of Khuzaimah. He missed and hit his brother, Waseem, in the left side of his abdomen. CCTV showed Waseem remove the bolt from his body.
Saghawat then reloaded his crossbow and took another shot which hit Khuzaimah just above his hip. He managed to struggle to his feet and ran off but collapsed across the road. The bolt had embedded in his pelvic bone, he suffered massive blood loss, and despite medical assistance, sadly died of his injuries at the scene.
Meanwhile, the others decided to get help for injured Waseem – he was taken by car to hospital. Saghawat left shortly after to tidy up the weapons and secure the property. The hospital called police due to the nature of the injuries as fortunately crossbow injuries are extremely rare.An image of the crossbow
Saghawat gave a false account of what happened, telling officers he’d heard a commotion and found people attacking his brother.
In a bid to evade police, the trio stopped using their phones but Saghawat, aged 47, from Pensnett Road, was found at a property in Stoke on 23 February. The following day, his son Omar, aged 24, also from Pensnett Road, handed himself in telling officers he had acted in self-defence.
A similar account was made by Sageer aged 33, from Gorsty Avenue, Brierley Hill, who’d travelled to Scotland and then Bradford, before handing himself in on 25 February. All three were charged with murder.
Detective Chief Inspector Jim Munro, from our homicide team, said: “The actions of these three men were shocking, brutal and calculated.
“To protect their cannabis grow, they were happy to use extreme violence in a brutal and sustained attack on Khuzaimah.
“We believe they wanted to send a clear message to the people who’d attempted to rob their cannabis factory. However, Saghawat also killed his own brother during the attack which further highlights their determination to cause serious harm and just how dangerous their weapons were.
“There is no place on our streets for violence like this or the armoury of weapons they chose to have and ultimately use.
“Two lives have been lost because these men decided to use extreme violence in an attempt to protect their illegal drug business.”
Saghawat Ramzan, aged 47, was sentenced to a minimum term of 33 years for the murder of Khuzaimah Douglas and his own brother Waseem Ramzan.
Omar Ramzan, 24, who is the son of Saghawat and nephew of Waseem, was jailed for 22 years for the murder of Mr Douglas and the manslaughter of Waseem.
Mohammed Sageer, aged 33, has been jailed for 20 years for the murder of Mr Douglas and the manslaughter of Waseem.
A further investigation into the drugs element of the case is ongoing with a number of people charged with conspiracy to burgle. They are awaiting trial at a later date.
#AceNewsReport – Apr.16: A Birmingham drug dealer found with over a million pounds worth of heroin has been jailed for 11 years: Jahnger Ahmed, of Torrey Grove in Bordesley Green was stopped in his car by officers on the M6 motorway travelling towards Birmingham in January, after information linked his Volkswagen Passat car to the supply of controlled drugs #AceNewsDesk reports
On searching the car, officers became suspicious of an area in the boot which was found to be a sophisticated compartment made of plywood which was concealing two black canvas bags full of heroin………..The 19 packages found were forensically examined and were discovered to be worth a street value of £1,775,000 with a wholesale value of around £344,000.
Drugs haul found in Ahmed’s car
Leading the investigation, DC Chris Woodward from the Force CID team, said: “This was a significant haul of heroin which no doubt would have ended up on the streets of the West Midlands……….“It had the potential to cause widespread harm within communities in the Midlands. It’s a clear message, if we suspect you of being involved in illegal activity, we will get you.”
The boot of Ahmed’s car
The 41-year-old was sentenced to 11 years in prison at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday (13 April) for possession with intent to supply a Class A drug.
#AceWorldNews – DENMARK:Jan.06:Seven Danes were jailed for terms from two-and-half to seven years by Copenhagen City Court on Tuesday. A total of 76 people were on trial for drug distribution, Reuters reported.
The men stored a stash of 1.9 tonnes of hashish, prepared for sale in Copenhagen’s old hippy commune Freetown Christiana.
A term of seven years behind bars was given to a 45-year-old alleged kingpin; he appealed that decision with two others.
According to the prices presented by the Danish Health and Medicines Authority, 1.9 tonnes of cannabis are worth 124 million crowns ($19.8 million).
#AceWorldNews – GERMANY – Dec.05 – A court on Friday jailed a jihadist militant for three years and nine months in Germany’s first trial of a member of the Islamic State group fighting in Syria and Iraq.
‘ Kreshnik Berisha ‘
Kreshnik Berisha, 20, was found guilty of membership of a foreign terrorist organization, AFP quoted presiding judge Thomas Lagebier as saying.
Berisha, who was born near Frankfurt to a family from Kosovo, admitted in court to having joined Islamic State and taken part in fighting in Syria.
Federal prosecutors said Berisha travelled to Syria via Turkey in July 2013 with other Islamists who were planning to join the fight.