13 offenders in court in Nottingham in August

It has been another busy month in the courts with a number of different criminals being sentenced for their crimes.

A range of different offenders – from drug dealers to murderers – appearing before the courts during August.

This included a gang who boasted about their criminal activity in lavish music videos shot abroad, a former football coach who made a racist video about the Home Secretary and a drunken man who threatened to “blow a house up”.

Here are 13 criminals dealt with by the courts for their crimes in August..

Man fractured victim’s skull and eye socket in attack

A Newark man suffered a fractured skull and eye socket and bleeds on the brain following a brutal assault.

The victim fell to the floor and smashed his head on the road after being punched in the face by the attacker.

Stephen Chilvers, 39, then continued to punch and kick him in the head before fleeing the scene. The victim also suffered a broken jaw in the fight.

Police officers were called to the incident in Chatham Court, Newark, shortly before 11pm on May 2, 2019.

Officers attended an address in Stoke Avenue, Newark, the following morning to arrest Chilvers who became aggressive towards officers before he was detained.

Chilvers, of Pierson Street, Newark, appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on Tuesday, August 3, after pleading guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

The perpetrator was jailed for two years.

Stephen Chilvers was sentenced to two years in jail.
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Burglars who stole from bar

Some £13,000 of property was stolen and damage done after burglar Paul Shaw broke into The Bierkeller in Friar Lane, Nottingham.

It happened on 16 January 2021, when all bars were shut during the lockdown.

After Shaw initially smashed the rear door to get in, the bar was entered a further 11 times by a number of people including Shaw who returned over a period of hours.

As well as taking a large amount of alcohol, Shaw also left with electrical items.

Shaw, of Denton Green, in the Broxtowe Estate, pleaded guilty to the burglary and was jailed for 12 months when he appeared at Nottingham Crown Court for sentencing on Wednesday, September 1..

He was also given nine-months, imposed consecutively, after he breached a suspended prison sentence.

Another man who returned to the bar with Shaw, 34-year-old Michael James, also pleaded guilty to burglary.

James, of St Ann’s Gardens, St Ann’s, was caught on CCTV entering the bar three times and stealing alcohol. He was jailed for 12 months for the burglary.

Michael James and Paul Shaw (right)
Michael James and Paul Shaw (right)
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Small time-drug dealer found guilty of murder of 16-year-old

A small-time drug dealer has been found guilty of the murder of 16-year-old Joseph Whitchurch in Stapleford.

Joseph, who was stabbed at least four times by Jake Rollinson, 20, of Hickings Lane, Stapleford, on Boxing Day morning, died on December 29.

Joseph looked up to Rollinson, the court head – who now faces a life sentence for his murder. Joseph was also threatened and bullied by him.

Rollinson had pleaded not guilty but a jury convicted him of the crime at Nottingham Crown Court.

Detective Inspector Steve Wragg, of Nottinghamshire Police’s Major Crime Unit, said: “Rollinson is a violent, small-time drug dealer whose quick temper and self-documented fondness for knives led to the tragic and premature death of a popular young man who had his whole life in front of him.”

Jake Rollinson was found guilty of murder at Nottingham Crown Court.
Jake Rollinson was found guilty of murder at Nottingham Crown Court.
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Man jailed after police find 250 bags of drugs in routine stop

Raja Ahmed was jailed after police found 250 bags of drugs following a routine stop of his car.

The car was searched under the Misuse of Drugs Act and officers recovered more than 30 deal bags concealed in seat pockets, in the footwell and also the centre console of the car.

After being brought to custody, a further search was conducted at Ahmed’s home address and another car, a Volvo, parked outside.

When they opened the car they found ten bags of cocaine, white crystals found to be MDMA, and two carrier bags containing more than 250 deal bags of cannabis as well as a set of scales.

Ahmed, 28, of Colwick Road, Sneinton, was sentenced to four and a half years in prison at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday, August 6.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and two counts of possession with intent to supply Class B drugs.

Twenty-eight-year-old Raja Ahmed, of Colwick Road, Sneinton, was sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday (6 August 2021) after pleading guilty to two counts of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and two counts of possession with intent to supply Class B drugs.
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Violent gang of drug dealers who flaunted wealth jailed

A violent, gun-toting gang of drug dealers who flaunted their wealth in increasingly lavish music videos were finally brought down by a combination of covert police work and their own arrogance.

The gang, which sold vast quantities of cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin on the streets of Nottingham, Mansfield, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Sutton-in-Ashfield and other areas of Nottinghamshire, came to the attention of police after a series of shooting incidents in late 2018 and early 2019.

In one incident, in May 2019, a member of a rival criminal gang was shot in the neck as gang leader and aspiring drill music star Akeem Chand fired multiple shots into his car as it travelled along a residential street in the early evening.

At one point, in March 2019, several members of the gang – who had almost no legitimate income between them said police – flew to Mexico’s Caribbean coast where they stayed in a lavishly appointed private villa and even hired a luxury motor yacht.

After a trial lasting more than 15 weeks at Nottingham Crown Court on Thursday and Friday last week, Chand and six other men were convicted of multiple drugs and weapons offences.

The following men were convicted by a jury of two charges – conspiracy to possess firearms with intent to endanger life and conspiracy to possess ammunition without a certificate.

Akeem Chand, 27, formerly of Melbourne Road, Aspley;

Orlando Escoffery, 26, formerly of Fenton Road, Basford;

Quarnell Simpson, 23, formerly of Nuthall Road, Aspley;

Devante Neufville, 24, of no fixed address;

Kiefer Smith, 28, formerly of Dallman Close, Hucknall;

Alexsandro Woolery, 27, formerly of Portland Road, Carlton;

Each of them had previously pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply class A and class B drugs.

Ravan Mather-Simpson, 25, formerly of Mansfield Road, Nottingham, also pleaded guilty before the trial to conspiracy to supply class A and class B drugs.

All will be sentenced on Monday, October 25.

From left to right: Akeem Chand; Orlando Escoffery; Quarnell Simpson
From left to right: Akeem Chand; Orlando Escoffery; Quarnell Simpson
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Man jailed over racist video about Priti Patel

A Nottinghamshire man was jailed over a racist video about Priti Patel.

Jake Henderson, 30, of no fixed abode and previously of Retford, posted the video on a snapchat group, before Robert Cumming, 26, of Doncaster, posted it on another closed group.

This was shared by a third party which is how it went viral.

Jake Henderson
Jake Henderson
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In the 48-second video, Henderson used a racially abusive word to describe Ms Patel following the Covid-19 daily briefing. He pointed his camera phone to the Home Secretary and made the racial reference to her and about a man standing next to her.

Henderson was jailed for ten weeks and Cumming for six weeks.

The video led to death threats, his parents being taken out of their home by police escort, Henderson was suicidal, his relationship ended and he was sacked as a football manager for a local team.


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