Locked up in April - 28 of the most high profile criminals jailed in Sussex last month

A predator who attacked drunk women, a boy drug dealer who stabbed a man to death and a masked armed robber are just some of criminals jailed in Sussex last month.

Wednesday, 1st May 2019, 12:19 pm
Updated Wednesday, 1st May 2019, 12:53 pm
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Here is a roundup of some of the most serious sentencings in Sussex in April. All sentencing details accurate at time of convictions.

Harry Leigh convicted of raping a girl in Hastings and pleaded guilty to five counts of inciting four girls to engage in sexual activity, eight counts of causing seven girls to watch a sexual act and three counts of making indecent images of children. He was jailed for 14 years, eight of which will be spent in custody.
Boy drug dealer Kai Gasson was convicted of murdering Arnold Potter in Crawley following a lengthy trial. Gasson whose anonymity was lifted by a judge was given a life sentence with a minimum of 15 years.
As care home manager for Summerley Care Home, Treloar was supposed to look after 70 vulnerable people. Instead she stole a staggering 4,138.94 from two residents. She has been jailed for a year.
Stride was jailed for 21 years for raping a young girl and sexually assaulting another. He will also be a registered sex offender for life as a result of these historic sex offences.
Michael Cunnett subjected cabin crew to a violent homophobic attack at 9.30am after drinking four pints of Stella. One of his victims experienced excruciating pain when Cunnett punched him. Cunnett pleaded guilty to intentionally interfering with performance of aircraft crew member's duty, two charges of common assault and one count of criminal damage and was jailed for seven months and ordered to pay compensation.
Megan Hammond robbed a Bognor pharmacy at gunpoint but was caught by police because of how childish her homemade disguise was. She threatened staff and demanded high-strength painkillers. She pleaded guilty to robbery, possessing an imitation firearm and possessing an offensive weapon and was jailed for 32 months.
Christopher Lancasters sheer greed led him to spend nearly five years stealing 54,000 from the company he worked for. The disgraced payroll supervisor bought a holiday to Dubai and designer clothes with the money he stole while he worked for Gardeners Books, a court heard. He pleaded guilty to fraud by abuse of position and was jailed for 20 months.
Six men were sent to prison for a total of almost 30 years for their part in the supply of class A drugs in Crawley. Francis Gomez, 41, of London, was given a 15-year-prison sentence. Laeek Ahmed, 27, of Denchers Plat, Crawley, was sentenced to six years in prison. Jamal Sultan, 33, of Redditch Close, Crawley was handed a four-and-a-half year jail term. Sarder Bashir, 37, of Martyrs Avenue, Crawley, was given a four month suspended sentence. Robert Smith, 35, of Burwash Road, Crawley was given a 20-month suspended sentence. Syed Hussain, 40, of Heron Close, Crawley, was given a 32 month sentence. Picture shows: Francis Gomez (top left), Jamal Sultan (top right), Laeek Ahmed (bottom left) and Syed Hussain (bottom right)
Iraq war veteran James French was caught driving dangerously on the A27 on the way home from the pub. He pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving with excess alcohol, breaching a restraining order, criminal damage and committing an offence while the subject of a suspended sentence and was jailed for 10 months.
Predator Tarling took advantage of drunk women and sexually assaulted them. Offences took place in East Sussex (sexual assault), Polegate (rape) and in Sheffield (sexual assault). He was jailed for six years.
Armed masked men targeted Eastbourne stores in a terrifying robbery campaign that left staff fearing for their lives. Staff were told they would be stabbed if they did not hand over cash in three late-night robberies earlier this year, a court heard. Richard Watsham pleaded guilty to three counts of robbery and was jailed for six years. The prosecution said he may have only been in one of the stores but was linked to the other two through joint enterprise.
Osmand Kamara realised police were on to him barricaded the door and threw a rucksack full of banknotes onto the roof of a Worthing flat in March last year. He pleaded guilty to two charges of supplying Class A drugs and was given a three-year prison sentence.
Haley Mand stole 10,000 from two vulnerable elderly neighbours after befriending them and feeding their cats. She pleaded guilty to six charges of fraud by false representation and was jailed for 16 months at Hove Crown Court.
Asad Maliks bogus Gatwick parking company promised holidaymakers to look after their cars in a secure compound but instead left them damaged and unlocked in fields. The 1.4m operation - run by owner Asad Bashir Malik - was busted after trading standards were told that more than 1,000 vehicles were being parked in a field in Bonnetts Lane. He was jailed for 14 months.
Michael Murdock led police on a high-speed pursuit through Worthing in a Mercedes and crashed into an Asda delivery van. He was seen driving through quiet residential roads at speed and mounted the pavement in his efforts to evade officers, a court heard. Murdock was convicted of dangerous driving, failing to stop when directed and three counts of failing to stop after a road accident in relation to incident and was given a 12 month prison sentence.
Jordan Novis stabbed a man in the street on Christmas Eve in Seaford last year. Eventually pleading guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent and possessing a knife, he was sentenced to six years in a young offenders institution.
Benjamin Taylor-Baker launched a late-night BB gun attack on a couple after spotting them outside Zizzi in Haywards Heath. He pleaded guilty to affray and breaching a suspended sentence and was jailed for nine months for affray, with an additional eight weeks for the breach.
Ripley was jailed for 11 years following a burglary in St Leonards in which two men forced their way through a locked door, one carrying a shotgun, police said. He was also convicted in relation to another burglary in Peasmarsh where jewellery and credit cards were stolen.
Two men were jailed for a terrifying robbery on a 13-year-old boy in Arundel who was threatened with being stabbed. Mendes, of Stane Street, Dorking was jailed for two years and Dore, of Foundry Road in Yapton was sentenced to 14 months in a young offenders institution.
Imran Raja (left), of Langley Drive, Crawley, and Arran Khan, of West Way, Crawley were sentenced to three years and six months, and to three years and ten months, respectively, for conspiracy to defraud. The charges related to a 'car ringing' conspiracy which defrauded car owners of high value cars of thousands of pounds.
Clive Theobald, 55, of Coffee Hall, Milton Keynes and Tolulope Ajetunmobi, 37, of Marchwood Close, London, along with Sogo Fasoyiro, 40, of Chandlers Drive, Bexley, Kent, were sentenced after being convicted of a series of money laundering offences. Police say the crime involved an email-based 'mandate' fraud that diverted more than 60,000 from businesses and private individuals into an Eastbourne-based bank account. Theobald was jailed for 26 months, Ajetunmobi was jailed for 18 months and Fasoyiro was given a one-year suspended sentence.
Jadine Hobden became enraged at being refused entry to a Burgess Hill pub and bit a member of staff and then assaulted a police officer. She pleaded guilty to assault by beating (two counts), assaulting an emergency worker and theft from a shop. Hobden was jailed for six weeks.