Jailed this week: Cambs criminals behind bars, including killer and fugitive found in hotel room

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Several criminals were sentenced to prison terms this week (Monday June 20 to Sunday June 26), with crimes ranging from assaulting police officers to supplying Class A drugs. Sentences handed down ranged from six months to sixteen years.

On Friday June 24, James Watson was also sentenced to life in prison with a minimum sentence of 15 years for the murder of six-year-old Rikki Neave in 1994. The officer in charge of the case, the former police chief Deputy Paul Fullwood, described the sentencing as “the final chapter in the journey to find justice for Rikki Neave and her family”.

For the full list of felons jailed in Cambridgeshire this week, see below.

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Schoolboy killer Rikki Neave sentenced to life in prison

James Watson, 41, was sentenced to life in prison at the Old Bailey in London for the murder of six-year-old Rikki. The murder took place in 1994, when Watson was 13 years old.



James Watson, 41, was jailed for life for the murder of schoolboy Rikki Neave in 1994

He was charged on February 17, 2020 – a charge he denied. Watson was found guilty on April 21, 2020 by a majority verdict following a trial at the Old Bailey.

He was sentenced to life in prison on June 24, with a minimum sentence of 15 years, less the 843 days he has already served. The judge, Mrs Justice McGowan, said: “Rikki was described as happy, bright, cheeky and capable of great affection for her sisters.

“He was never given the chance to grow up, to be happy and to lead a normal, fulfilling life. This was denied to him by his killer. Likewise, his sisters were denied growing up knowing him. and to have a connection with him. The loss his family suffered will stay with them forever and no words I say will ease that pain.”

Luton man jailed for breaching restraining order



Matthew Smyth, 37, of Crescent Road, Luton
Matthew Smyth, 37, of Crescent Road, Luton

Matthew Smyth, 37, of Crescent Road, Luton, was sentenced to three years and ten months in prison after breaching a restraining order. He broke into his ex-partner’s Cambs home, beat her and robbed her, in behavior described by police as “shameful”.

He admitted two counts of breach of a restraining order, two counts of assault by battery and two counts of criminal damage and theft. Police say he intended to ‘frighten and intimidate’ the victim, showing a ‘total disrespect’ for a restraining order that was in place.

Peterborough fugitive sentenced to further seven years



Luke Frederick was found hiding in a hotel with drugs and a handgun
Luke Frederick was found hiding in a hotel with drugs and a handgun

Luke Frederick, 32, formerly of Crabtree in Paston, was found hiding with drugs, ammunition and a gun at the Days Inn hotel at Haddon Services in Peterborough on March 20. In September 2021, he was convicted of conspiracy to supply cocaine and possession with intent to supply cannabis.

He had failed to appear in court and was found guilty and sentenced to seven years in prison in his absence. Police investigating a matter unrelated to the hotel found Frederick and arrested him.

On June 21, he was sentenced to a further seven years in prison at Peterborough Crown Court. He had pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and cannabis, as well as possession of a handgun and possession of ammunition without a license.

Peterborough man jailed for sending sexually explicit messages



Ken Lock sent unwanted and sexually explicit text messages to three women
Ken Lock sent unwanted and sexually explicit text messages to three women

Ken Lock, 58, of Belvoir Way, Peterborough, admitted three counts of sending offensive communications and was sentenced to a year in jail. Indefinite restraining orders were also put in place to prevent him from contacting three victims in the future.

DC Melanie Mathieson said: “These repeated and unwanted messages and calls had a significant impact on the victims. Two of the women described the negative impact this experience had on their mental health. One of them did not feels safer leaving his house. I’m glad Lock has been convicted for the ordeal he put these women through.”

Man controlling ‘active’ drug line jailed for more than four years



Daniel Bari
Daniel Bari was sentenced to four years and four months in prison

Daniel Bari, 23, of no fixed address, was convicted of supplying Class A drugs, including crack cocaine and heroin, in Cambridge between September and December 2021. He was sentenced to four years and four months in jail on June 20.

Detective Constable Jacob Reeves, who investigated, said: “Bari was responsible for facilitating the sale of significant quantities of Class A drugs in Cambridge. Using the phone data, we were able to link Bari to the ‘active’ line. other people’s vulnerabilities in order to run their business and make money. The force is dedicated to disrupting those lines and bringing responsible people like Bari to justice in order to make our communities a safer place.

Burglar caught crossing Cambridge with stolen property jailed



James Young
James Young was spotted after being wanted for a number of crimes

James Young, 34, of no fixed abode, was caught driving through Cambridge with stolen property on January 28. He was arrested after off-duty officers spotted him walking near the center of Grafton and called for reinforcements, knowing he was wanted for a number. of offences.

When he was arrested he was carrying a mobile phone, watches, jewelry and personal documents linking him to burglaries and attempted burglaries. He was sentenced to a year in prison on June 14 after pleading guilty to three counts of receiving stolen goods, possession of cannabis and stealing a bicycle.

A “masked and armed” burglar imprisoned



David Kinlan, 46, was sentenced to 16 years in prison
David Kinlan, 46, was sentenced to 16 years in prison

David Kinlan, 46, of Medworth in Orton Goldhay, was sentenced to 16 years in prison after entering a family home wielding a mallet with two accomplices in an attempt to steal property. DNA samples from the mallet left at home revealed a match to David Kinlan.

He was found guilty of aggravated burglary and possession of an offensive weapon at a trial in April, before being sentenced to 16 years in prison on June 22. Detective Sergeant Tom Hunt, who investigated, said: “It was a horrific ordeal for the family who saw their home invaded by masked and armed men.”

Peterborough vandal jailed after ‘two-day crime spree’



Joshua Johnstone threw a bottle through the window of a police van and pointed a penknife at a member of railway staff the following day
Joshua Johnstone threw a bottle out the window of a police van and pointed a penknife at a member of railway staff the following day

Joshua Johnstone, 23, was sentenced to a total of seven months in prison. Johnstone had thrown a bottle out the window of a police van parked outside Peterborough station, before returning and pointing a penknife at a member of railway staff the following day.

Construction inspector David Barker said: ‘Johnstone’s actions during his two-day crime spree were barbaric and utterly unnecessary. Not content with damaging a marked police vehicle, he returned to the station with a knife before intimidating a railway staff member simply for doing their job.”

Cambridge man jailed after headbutting and kicking officers



Peterborough Crown Court
Peterborough Crown Court

Robert Payne, 35, of Alice Bell Close in Cambridge, was sentenced to six months in prison after pleading guilty to assaulting a rescue worker. He had kicked, headbutted and abused officers as they arrested him on suspicion of assault on April 6.

Payne was sentenced on June 22 to six months in prison at Peterborough Crown Court. He initially denied assaulting the officers, despite being shown videotaped evidence of the incident, but later pleaded guilty.

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