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Some of the criminals with Suffolk links who faced justice in February, with cases from Ipswich, Lowestoft, Mildenhall and Thetford





It was a busy month for the courts, with sentences handed out to people across the county.

While some were punished for more minor offences, others received long jail terms for the more serious crimes.

These are some of the people with Suffolk links who faced justice in January.

Some of the criminals with Suffolk links who faced justice in February.
Some of the criminals with Suffolk links who faced justice in February.

People smuggler steered ‘dangerous’ yacht towards Suffolk

Eduard Mucaj, 50, has been jailed for nearly three years after steering a ‘dangerous’ yacht towards Lowestoft carrying 12 Albanian migrants – including children. Picture: Home Office
Eduard Mucaj, 50, has been jailed for nearly three years after steering a ‘dangerous’ yacht towards Lowestoft carrying 12 Albanian migrants – including children. Picture: Home Office

Our first case involves a people smuggler who was jailed this month after steering a ‘dangerous’ yacht carrying 12 Albanian migrants – including children – towards Lowestoft ​​​.

Eduard Mucaj, 50, was detained by Border Force officers in August after he sailed the ‘overcrowded and badly equipped yacht’ across the North Sea.

It had a faulty engine and no safety equipment.

Mucaj was sentenced on February 5 to three years in jail.

‘Voyeuristic’ former Scout leader jailed

Ian Butcher was jailed. Picture: Suffolk Police
Ian Butcher was jailed. Picture: Suffolk Police

Also this month, a former Scout leader was in court.

Ian Butcher, 55, of Woodbridge Road East, Ipswich, was sentenced to 20 months behind bars on February 12 after pleading guilty to four offences.

Ipswich Crown Court heard Butcher targeted eight people between the ages of 12 and 32 – six of whom were children – over a 19-month period.

He filmed children while they were undressing in changing rooms and filmed women in showers.

Some victims were involved in Scouting.

XL bully owner given suspended sentence

Wood was sentenced at Suffolk Magistrates’ Court last month.
Wood was sentenced at Suffolk Magistrates’ Court last month.

Also in February, an XL bully attack led to its owner receiving a suspended sentence.

Kimberly Wood, 23, of Bramblewood, Ipswich, was sentenced at Suffolk Magistrates’ Court on February 22 after her dog, Rocco, left a woman with lasting injuries and attacked a police dog handler in a separate incident.

In the second incident, many police officers attended the scene and Rocco was seized and destroyed.

Wood was sentenced to four months in prison for each offence, to be served concurrently, suspended for 18 months; handed a restraining order and ordered to pay £1,370 to the first victim and £300 to the officer, totalling £1,670.

Couple stole £200,000 in payments meant for disabled son

Ipswich Crown Court.
Ipswich Crown Court.

A four-year fraud spree came to a conclusion in February.

Rebecca and Simon Toloui, of Chelmondiston, near Ipswich, were sentenced last month after being found guilty in December of fraud by abuse of position as the recipients of direct payments on behalf of their son.

This related to thefts of payments between June 2015 and March 2019.

The Toloui’s managed their son’s direct payment from Suffolk County Council, which was supposed to be used to pay carers and fund activities, the court was told.

The Tuloui’s were handed a two-year sentence, suspended for a further two years.

Simon Toloui was also sentenced to 200 hours of unpaid work.

Suffolk County Council is also working to recuperate stolen funds.

Drug-dealer had shotgun in basement

Tyler Whisken was jailed last month. Picture: Norfolk Police
Tyler Whisken was jailed last month. Picture: Norfolk Police

During a police raid at a Thetford property, police seized a shotgun as well as criminal property, drugs and other items worth more than £30,000.

Tyler Whisken, 31, of Castle Street, was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court on February 22 after pleading guilty to nine offences at an earlier hearing.

Whisken was convicted of possession with intent to supply, in addition to three counts of supplying, class A drugs.

In addition, he was found guilty of two counts of possession of class B drugs, possession of a weapon, criminal property and a shotgun without a certificate.

Whisken was jailed for three years.

Council children’s worker pocketed £10,000 working second job while on sick leave

Wood was sentenced at Suffolk Magistrates’ Court last month.
Wood was sentenced at Suffolk Magistrates’ Court last month.

A council worker was among those sentenced in February.

Samantha Harris, of Pott Hall Road, in West Row near Mildenhall, was sentenced on February 26 after pleading guilty to fraud between December 2022 and May 2023.

Harris was a youth support practitioner at Suffolk County Council and benefitted from £10,565.25 in sick pay and employer contributions while working a second job.

Harris was sentenced to six months custody suspended for two years and 15 days of rehabilitation.

She was also ordered to pay the council compensation and investigatory and legal costs, totalling £17,051.41, and a victim surcharge of £154.

Cocaine, ketamine and cannabis dealer jailed

Tommie Pearmain was jailed last month. Picture: Suffolk Police
Tommie Pearmain was jailed last month. Picture: Suffolk Police

For our final entry, a 26-year-old drug-dealer was put behind bars.

Tommie Pearmain, of Southfield Gardens in Lowestoft, appeared before Ipswich Crown Court on February 28.

This followed a raid on a home in Wheatacre, near Beccles, on November 28 last year.

For dealing cocaine, he was handed a four-year sentence. For the cannabis and ketamine offences, he received two 15-month terms.

He will serve all concurrently.