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It has been a busy month for the courts, with sentences handed out to dozens of people across the county.

While some were punished for more minor offences, others received long jail terms for the more serious of crimes - including causing death by dangerous driving, attempted armed robbery and burglary.

These are the people with Suffolk links who faced justice during the last month.

Some of the people who faced justice this month.
Some of the people who faced justice this month.

Man jailed after causing death by dangerous driving in fatal crash on A1307

A Withersfield man who tried to hide the fact that he had been speeding from the police following a fatal crash has been put behind bars.

Martin Young, 68, of Rutherford Place, was jailed for one year and eight months after pleading guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and perverting the course of justice.

Martin Young, 68, of Rutherford Place, Withersfield, has been jailed for 20 months. Picture: Cambridgeshire Constabulary
Martin Young, 68, of Rutherford Place, Withersfield, has been jailed for 20 months. Picture: Cambridgeshire Constabulary

This came after a collision on the A1307, near Haverhill, in 2019. The 68-year-old was driving his blue Audi A3 along the A1307 on Monday, December 16 when he crashed into a Volkswagen Polo being driven by 84-year-old William Hall, of Haverhill.

Mr Hall died five months later in May 2020 after being kept in hospital with a neck fracture and later contracting Covid-19.

As well as being sentenced to 20 months in prison, the 68-year-old was also disqualified from driving for five years and 10 months, ordered to take an extended re-test, as well as pay costs of £2,116 and a victim surcharge.

Teenager sentenced over attempted armed robbery

Kyle Holder. Picture: Suffolk Police
Kyle Holder. Picture: Suffolk Police

A Lowestoft teenager who threatened a shop worker with an imitation gun and a knife has been sentenced to more than two years' detention.

Kyle Holder, 19, was sentenced to 28 months' detention in a Young Offender Institution for the attempted armed robbery when he appeared at Ipswich Crown Court.

Holder, of Notley Road, had previously admitted attempted robbery, possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, and possession of a knife in a public place.

It came after Holder entered Young's Convenience Store in Beaconsfield Road at about 9.50pm on Tuesday, August 10 last year.

He asked a staff member about alcohol and cigarettes, placing a carrier bag on the counter, before demanding cash was put into the bag while holding what appeared to be a small handgun.

The staff member walked out from behind the counter and Holder backed away towards the door, where he then brandished a knife and continued to make demands, before running off and leaving the bag behind.

Man jailed for 13 years for part in violent aggravated burglary

Barry Sharp and his accomplice. Picture: Suffolk Police
Barry Sharp and his accomplice. Picture: Suffolk Police

A Lowestoft man has been jailed for 13 years for his part in subjecting a couple in their 50s to a 'horrifying' aggravated burglary in their home in Essex.

Barry Sharp, 45, of Britten Road, was sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court following a trial.

His accomplice, Gary Thompson, 47, of Sidney Road, Ludlow, Shropshire, was jailed for 12 years.

It follows an incident on the morning of November 17, 2018, in Halstead Road, Fordham.

Two men wearing high visibility jackets knocked on the front door at around 9.10am and the woman who lived there opened the door believing they were delivering flowers.

The men forced their way inside and shocked the woman with what was described as a stun device.

The pair threatened her and demanded money from her before hitting her head with an object.

The woman victim then saw a third man come through the front door with her husband before his head was stamped on.

The husband was then also shocked with a stun device before the couple had their hands tied with cable ties and were threatened.

Man sentenced to 13 years for offences including battery, sexual assault and dangerous driving

A 37-year-old man has been given a sentence of more than 13 years following a series of offences in the Hadleigh area and in Cambridge including assaults on emergency workers.

Stephen Cody. Picture: Suffolk Police
Stephen Cody. Picture: Suffolk Police

Stephen Cody, of no fixed abode in Cambridgeshire, appeared before Cambridge Crown Court in May where he was sentenced to nine years and six months imprisonment, with an extended licence period of four years.

Cody was charged with 11 offences following a series of incidents in May 2021.

He denied eight of the charges but was subsequently found guilty of the following by a jury at a previous hearing:

• Two counts of battery

• Two counts of sexual assault

• Assault occasioning actual bodily harm

• Possession of a knife in a public place

• Affray

• Aggravated vehicle taking and dangerous driving

Drug dealer who sent 'bulk text messages' to drug users sentenced

Christopher Pindi. Picture: Suffolk Police
Christopher Pindi. Picture: Suffolk Police

A man was jailed for over three years for drug offences last month.

Christopher Pindi, 21 of Bensham Grove, Thornton Heath, London, was sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court to three years and four months in jail.

He pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of ‘crack’ cocaine, and heroin and also possession with intent to supply heroin.

This follows the events of February 10 this year when Pindi was arrested at his home address during the early morning on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine and heroin between late summer 2021 and February 2022.

Gang who stole from museum jailed for 74 years

Members of an organised crime group who raided the National Horse Racing Museum in Newmarket, stealing high-value trophies during their crime spree have been jailed for total of 74 years.

Six members of the group, codenamed Solar, wreaked havoc across several counties, over a period of 12 months, mainly targeting ATMs - often using dangerous and violent tactics, such as explosive gases and flammable liquids.

The group also attacked rural locations and other businesses including the museum, stealing plant machinery, 4x4 vehicles and tractors.

Jimmy Sheen, David Riley, Frenny Green, Shane Harris, Jimmy Loveridge and Paul Smith. PIctures: Thames Valley Police.
Jimmy Sheen, David Riley, Frenny Green, Shane Harris, Jimmy Loveridge and Paul Smith. PIctures: Thames Valley Police.

Following a trial at Oxford Crown Court, which concluded on 25 March this year, Jimmy Sheen, 37, of Oxford, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to cause an explosion, conspiracy to commit burglary, burglary, theft, attempted theft, using criminal property and conspiracy to steal.

He was sentenced to 17 years and four months in prison.

David Riley, 26, of Redhill, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to cause an explosion, conspiracy to commit burglary, burglary, theft and handling stolen goods - he was jailed for 17 years and three months.

Aerial shot of the National Horseracing Museum in Newmarket
Aerial shot of the National Horseracing Museum in Newmarket

Frenny Green, 33, of HMP Bullingdon, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to cause an explosion - he was sent to prison for 10 years and six months.

Shane Harris, 32, of Charlbury, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary - he was sentenced to three years and four months in prison.

Jimmy Loveridge, 30, formerly of Chertsey Road, Chobham, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary, burglary, attempted theft, using criminal property and conspiracy to steal - he was jailed for 14 years and three months.

And finally, Paul Smith, 30, of Yateley, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal and was found guilty by unanimous jury verdict of conspiracy to commit burglary, attempted theft and using criminal property - he was jailed for 11 years and four months.

Burglar jailed for stealing £1,300 worth of power tools

A burglar who stole £1,300 worth of power tools has been jailed – with police warning he should learn his lesson after 'years of habitually committing burglaries'.

Clifford Graham, from Ipswich, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court this month and was sentenced to two and a half years in prison after admitting burglary.

Clifford Graham. Picture: Suffolk Constabulary
Clifford Graham. Picture: Suffolk Constabulary

The 57-year-old stole £1,300 worth of power tools when he broke into an address in Anglesea Road, Ipswich, on April 18.

Teen handed jail term after breaking into dozens of garages and sheds

A serial burglar who broke into dozens of sheds and garages in the Lowestoft area has been jailed for just over two years.

Alfie Fallaize, 19, of Milton Road East in the town, appeared before Norwich Crown Court on Friday where he admitted the offences he had been charged with and was jailed for 26 months.

It comes after the teenager was summonsed to Great Yarmouth Magistrates Court in December to face two charges of burglary from sheds or garages on Beresford Road in the town in October 2020.

Alfie Fallaize. Picture: Suffolk Police
Alfie Fallaize. Picture: Suffolk Police

Following this, he worked with the police's Operation Converter team and he was investigated further, going on to admit a further 44 offences.

These consisted of 33 burglaries of sheds or garages, five thefts in dwellings, three thefts of pedal cycles, one theft of a moped, one theft from a motor vehicle and one criminal damage to a motor vehicle.

These took place across a period from February 2020 to December 2021.

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