Locked up last month: All the Cambridgeshire criminals jailed in July

Last month, 21 criminals were jailed for their crimes in Cambridgeshire. Police have been hard at work to ensure our streets are safe around the county. This month has seen some of the most disturbing cases heard in Cambridgeshire courts - including the sentencing of a woman who was involved in the rape and abuse of five young girls.

A man who threatened to shoot and get rid of their partner's body and a woman who tried to have her ex-husband killed and 'tied up in Thetford Forest' are also on the list. Below you will find detailed reports of the criminals who were sentenced in July and the heinous crimes they have committed.

Gang stole almost ?250K worth of property during six-week crime spree

Gang of burglars jailed for six week crime spree

Four burglars have been jailed for a total of 28 years after admitting to stealing property worth almost a quarter of a million pounds in a six-week crime spree.  Alexandru Dumitrescu, 35, his brother Mihail, 27, Romulus Bircea, 49, and Rolls Virag, 41, committed 16 burglary offences in Cambridgeshire and a further 25 in Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire between October 12 and November 24. 

Operating from a property in Gordon Road, Wellingborough, the group primarily targeted detached houses, smashing rear windows to get inside and placing furniture in front of doors in case the victims returned home.  Officers invited burglary victims in to view the suspected stolen property they'd recovered, with numerous items successfully being reclaimed.  Investigations revealed further evidence which also placed the men at the burglaries, which in total cost victims more than ?230,000.

The group were sentenced on Friday July 3 at Cambridge Crown Court after all admitting conspiring to burgle.  Bircea and Alexandru were both handed eight years in prison. Mihail was jailed for six years and eight months and Virag was sentenced to five years and four months behind bars. 

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Man jailed after posting 'revenge porn'

A man who posted 'revenge porn' pictures of his girlfriend as a way of threatening her to pick up her phone was jailed at the start of this month. Shane Boyton, of College Close, Holbeach, Spalding, Lincolnshire, even used a winch from a recovery truck in a bid to get the woman to open her front door. The 41-year-old moved in with the woman earlier this year but after only a few days of living together in Peterborough, things turned sour.

On the afternoon of March 19, Boyton became aggressive with the woman after arguing with his friend. Later that month issues between the pair flared up again on March 30 when they argued about the broken window, which Boyton had done on the previous date. Then the woman blocked him on social media and told him to "take care." However, Boyton responded to this by constantly phoning her before adding: "Pick up the phone or people will start getting pictures of you."

The woman then received messages from her friends who had received pictures of her of a sexual nature. Boyton admitted the offences at Cambridge Crown Court on Wednesday (July 1) and was sentenced on the same day, where he was handed 20 weeks in prison.

A burglar who was caught red-handed in the middle of the night

Shane Barr, 32, of no fixed abode

A burglar who was caught red-handed and chased by a startled homeowner in the middle of the night was jailed for a year this July. Shane Barr, 32, used a tool to force his way into a home in Berkley Street, St Neots, in the early hours of May 9.

Barr filled five bags with clothing, electronics, candles, food and drink before placing them outside to be collected later on. As he continued to search the house, banging open an airing cupboard door, he woke the homeowner who confronted him. Barr apologised to the man, who is in his 50s, before fleeing on a bike towards St Mary's Street, closely followed by the victim who gave chase.

When the victim returned home to phone police he found his rear doors had been forced open and his hedge trimmer in his conservatory, which had also been left there ready to be collected later on. Two days later Barr was in custody for a separate matter when he was identified by local officers through CCTV footage at the house. Following a search of his partner's home in St Neots a blue rucksack, which had been stolen during the burglary, was recovered.

Barr, of no fixed abode, was sentenced at Peterborough Crown Court on July 8 after pleading guilty to burglary at an earlier hearing.

Peterborough cannabis farmer jailed

Luong Nguyen

Officers responding to a suspected burglary in Peterborough stumbled upon a cannabis factory worth more than ?200,000. Concerned neighbours called police at about 10.30pm on May 23 to report noises coming from an unoccupied house in Brynmore, Bretton. Officers arrived and began to search the house, finding the back door unlocked.

Inside stood Luong Nguyen, 35, who appeared nervous as officers began to question why he was in the supposedly empty home. As the house was searched, officers found a substantial cannabis factory inside, with plants in almost every room. A total of 253 plants, worth up to ?212,000, were found spread across five rooms, with a sixth room containing equipment, ready to grow more.

Nguyen, of Brynmore, Bretton, Peterborough, admitted charges of producing cannabis and using electricity without authority. He was sentenced to a year in prison on July 8 at Peterborough Crown Court. Read more by clicking here.

Teenage burglar jailed after fifth offence in less than a year

Jan Michalczyk, of Copperfields in Wisbech

An 18-year-old burglar has been jailed for a year after committing his fifth burglary in Fenland in less than nine months.

Jan Michalczyk broke into the home of a woman in Onyx Court, Wisbech, on May 4 this year, stealing her most sentimental possessions including her engagement and wedding rings, and a ring belonging to her late husband. The 68-year-old widow woke to find she had been burgled during the night while she was sleeping, having had jewellery and a purse with cash and bank cards stolen from her flat, as well as two boxes of cereal. Police were called and forensic officers managed to match finger prints recovered from a window to that of 18-year-old Michalczyk.

In December last year, Michalczyk was sentenced to a 12-month referral order after admitting carrying out four dwelling burglaries in Whittlesey on August 26 and 27, and two counts of fraud by false representation where he used bank cards he had stolen from the homes. A referral order is the first community sentence given to most first-time young offenders, requiring them to attend a youth offender panel made up of two members of the local community and an advisor from a youth offending team, where they will agree a contract of certain commitments. On Monday July 13, Michalczyk, of Copperfields in Wisbech, appeared at Cambridge Crown Court where he was sentenced to 12 months in prison for burglary, following a previous guilty plea.

Man jailed for burgling Peterborough home

Michael Hutchinson

A man has been jailed for a year and eight months after being found guilty of burgling a house in Peterborough.

Michael Hutchinson, 47, entered a property in Fengate, Peterborough, at about 5pm on August 22, 2018. The front door of the property had been left open due to hot weather, allowing Hutchinson to sneak in without the occupants realising. When the victim went into her bedroom she found Hutchinson going through her belongings.

He ran out of the property dropping a jewellery box as he went. Fingerprint analysis on the box later linked him to the crime. Hutchinson denied a charge of burglary, but was found guilty and sentenced at Peterborough Crown Court on July 14.

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Man who threatened two men with knife

A man has been jailed for a violent outburst during which he threatened two people with a knife in the space of half-an-hour. Lee Presten, 35, approached the victim, a man in his 50s, in Edinburgh Drive, St Neots, at about 8.45am on June 8 asking for directions.

When the man didn't know the answer Presten became agitated, swearing at him and raising his fist. To defend himself the man struck Presten, who retaliated by pulling out a knife and pointing it towards him. As the man fled to his nearby home Presten followed, repeatedly warning he was "going to do him", before running off after being told police had been called.

Half an hour later he visited a house in Dukes Road and forced his way inside when a woman in her 20s answered the door. He ran upstairs to a bedroom and confronted a man in his 40s, who he previously knew, grabbing him by the throat and putting him against a wall. Presten punched and kicked the man before again pulling out a knife and threatening him.

He was disarmed by the man and woman, who called police with officers arriving and arresting Presten within minutes. Presten, of Barnes Close, St Neots, was jailed for two years at Peterborough Crown Court on Thursday July 9 after pleading guilty to two counts of possessing a bladed article in a public place and two counts of affray.

Prolific drug dealer who hid cocaine in his bum

Marcus Matelot was arrested by Cambridgeshire police while trying to hide his cocaine stash in an intimate placeMarcus Matelot was arrested by Cambridgeshire police while trying to hide his cocaine stash in an intimate place

A drug dealer who hid cocaine in his bottom as police arrived to search his home has been jailed. Acting on intelligence received from members of the public, officers carried out a warrant at Marcus Matelot's home in Consort Avenue, Trumpington on June 17.

The 33-year-old was arrested after cannabis, white powder and other drug paraphernalia were found in the property. Matelot told officers he did not need to be searched as he was already naked but while at the police station he produced a bundle of cocaine with a street value of ?200. At Cambridge Crown Court on July 16 he pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply cocaine and possession of cannabis.

He was sentenced to more than five and a half years in prison (2,045 days).

"Audacious" driver jailed after high-speed pursuit

A man who attempted to get away from police by driving at 80mph in a 30mph zone was jailed this month. Lisian Sylaj, 23, was signalled to pull over by police on the A142 in Soham on June 6 as part of a routine check, but when one of the officers approached his vehicle, Sylaj accelerated away. Officers followed on blue lights and sirens through Soham village, with Sylaj reaching speeds of 80mph in a 30mph zone.

The short pursuit ended abruptly when Sylaj lost control going round a roundabout at a junction with the A142 and skidded into a lamppost. He was quickly detained by officers. After a search of the vehicle, they discovered a baton and further checks revealed Sylaj was uninsured and didn't have a valid licence.

When questioned by officers as to why he made off, Sylaj, of no known address, claimed he was scared. He pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, possession of an offensive weapon and driving while uninsured and without a valid licence at Cambridge Crown Court on Friday July 10. The judge sentenced him to six months in prison and disqualified him from driving for two years.

Teenager jailed for class A drug supply

Billy Black, 18, of no fixed address

A Peterborough teenager has been jailed for 20 months after we found more than ?12,000 worth of drugs in his possession.

Billy Black, 18, was arrested on April 15 after being linked to a burglary at Terry Wright Cycles in Mancetter Square the previous week. Officers from Cambridgeshire police northern burglary team carried out a warrant in Orton Goldhay looking for the stolen bicycles, however they discovered about ?9,230 worth of cocaine, heroin and cannabis inside the property. As officers were searching the house they saw Black cycling towards them.

On seeing the officers, he dropped the bike and ran away however he was detained after a short foot chase. The bike was later identified as being one of the bikes stolen from Terry Wright Cycles on April 9. Black, of no fixed address, had been under investigation for possession with intent to supply cannabis after police found ?3,400 worth of cannabis at his then home address in Orton Goldhay in February last year (2019).

On April 24 this year he was summonsed to court for the offence which he later admitted. On Wednesday July 15, he appeared at Peterborough Crown Court where he was sentenced to 20 months in prison for two counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs - cocaine and heroin. He received no separate penalty for two charges of possession with intent to supply cannabis and possession of stolen property.

Drug dealing law student jailed

Samuel Kayode, 26, of Anderson Road, London

A law student who abused his position to sell drugs in Cambridge has been jailed for five years.

Samuel Kayode, of Anderson Road, London was living in accommodation at Anglia Ruskin University when he was first stopped by police in March 2019. The 26-year-old matched the description of someone seen dealing drugs and attempted to make off when he saw police in Broad Street. He was found with cash and a mobile phone containing text messages to 99 customers stating he had 'good quality drugs of two types available for sale all day'.

His accommodation in Peter Taylor House was also searched and almost ?4,000, heroin, cocaine and drug paraphernalia were recovered. Kayode was spotted again in Fitzroy Lane on January 17 and once again attempted to run away while discarding wraps along the way. Heroin and crack cocaine worth ?620 were seized along with three mobile phones and cash.

At Cambridge Crown Court on July 20 he was sentenced to a total of five years in prison after previously pleading guilty to four counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs and acquiring criminal property.

Prison for man who stabbed victim in the chest

Callum Everett, 21, was jailed for four years

A man who stabbed an acquaintance in the chest in an argument over a mobile phone has been jailed. Callum Everett, of High Street, Wicken was handed a four-year sentence at Cambridge Crown Court on July 21 after pleading guilty to grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of a knife in a public place. The 21-year-old had asked his 39-year-old victim to purchase a mobile phone on his behalf with the intention of paying him back ?24.99 upfront and then cash on a monthly basis.

When Everett failed to do so, the victim posted goading messages on Facebook before the pair agreed to meet to resolve the issue on April 25. However, Everett arrived at the meeting place in Drury Lane armed with a knife and after a short grapple, stabbed the victim in the chest. The victim was taken to hospital and suffered a one-two inch wound to the chest.

He has since made a full recovery.

Man who threatened to "get rid" of partner's body

David Cheetham, 35, of Osborne Road, Wisbech

A man who threatened to shoot his partner and "get rid" of her body because she wouldn't get him his cigarettes has been jailed. David Cheetham, 34, and his partner went to visit her cousin in Wisbech on December 16. Cheetham waited in the car while she went inside to pick something up.

When she came out, Cheetham shouted profanities at her and drove off. The victim walked back to their home in Osborne Road to find Cheetham who demanded she get his cigarettes from the car for him. When she refused to do so, Cheetham said "if you don't, I will shoot you and get rid of your body."

The victim knew Cheetham had a firearm as he had waved it in her face and threatened to kill her with it during previous arguments. Fearing for her life, the victim contacted the police. Cheetham was arrested and a police search of his vehicle recovered a hand gun, which was found to be a blank firing gun with blank ammunition.

Cheetham, of Osborne Road, Wisbech, was found guilty of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence at Peterborough Crown Court on Friday July 17. He was sentenced to one year and eight months in prison and handed an indefinite restraining order.

Woman sentenced for role in what officers called the 'worst case' they had ever worked on

Lee Calder

A woman who was part of a group involved in the rape and sexual abuse of five young girls has been sentenced for her role in what a police officer called the 'worst case' they had ever worked on. Lee Calder was jailed for abusing four girls aged between three and 10 over two years on July 23.

Calder, 31, of Peterborough Road in Whittlesey, admitted seven counts of assault of a child under 13 by penetration, four counts of causing or inciting a child under the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity and three counts of causing or inciting child prostitution or pornography. On July 23, she appeared via video link at Peterborough Crown Court where she was sentenced to 19 years custody which will be split between hospital and prison. On May 7, Calder's partner at the time of the abuse, 29-year-old Guy Delph, and his uncle, 28-year-old Kieran Burton, were both jailed for their parts in the crimes.

The men admitted abusing the same four girls, as well as a fifth for three years from birth. Read the full story about Calders crimes and her sentencing here.

Local history

Man who hid from police in a cupboard during the Coronavirus pandemic

A man's bid to evade police knowing he had breached a restraining order during the Coronavirus pandemic went disastrously wrong when he was found hiding in a cupboard. Darren Allington, 38, of no known address, was handed a restraining order to run for five years on March 2.

The order prohibited Allington from visiting his former partner's address or contacting her in any way. However, on May 10 officers received an anonymous call to state that Allington was at the address in Wisbech. Once police arrived at the house the woman told officers Allington was not there and allowed them to search the address.

During the search officers found Allington hiding in a cupboard. Allington had also previously breached a restraining order against the same victim on two different occasions. The last of which, in November last year, resulted in him being handed eight months in prison and the current five-year restraining order.

He told officers he wanted to make sure his ex-girlfriend was "looked after" during the Covid-19 pandemic due to her existing health issues. On July 23 at Peterborough Crown Court he was jailed for three months after admitting breaching his restraining order at a previous hearing. The order will remain in place.

Driver gave brothers details to try and fool police

A man who gave false details after being stopped by police has been jailed.

Bozhidar Tsvetanov, 20, was stopped by officers in Rickwood Close, Mepal, on June 20. When asked for his details he said he couldn't remember his name or date of birth. After some time, he finally gave a name and after running it through the system, officers discovered the person by that name was wanted for driving offences and had failed to appear at court.

Tsvetanov was arrested and questioned. He claimed he thought he'd been stopped for driving too fast and said he was in a rush to pick up his girlfriend as it was her birthday. He said he had no licence and knew he was driving illegally, which is why he said he couldn't remember his name.

He decided to come clean and explained he had given his brother's name this time and previous time, eight months earlier, when he had been stopped by police. Tsvetanov, of Second Drove, Little Downham, pleaded guilty to obstructing a constable and perverting the course of justice and was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison at Cambridge Crown Court on Wednesday, July 22. He was also banned from driving for 13 months.

Ram-raid motorcycle burglar

Domantas Sakinis, of no fixed address

A burglar who ram-raided a commercial garage in Werrington and stole four motorcycles was jailed for a year earlier towards the end of this month.

Domantas Sakinis, of no fixed address, admitted burgling ecoMaxx Tuning in Mancetter Square on the night of February 21 this year. He was arrested by Norfolk police on May 30 in Norwich after officers stopped him due to his manner of driving. A check of the Police National Computer (PNC) showed he was wanted in Peterborough in connection with stolen motorcycles.

A white van on false number plates was used to ram the doors to the garage before three motorcycles were removed from inside and loaded into the van. About 20 minutes later Sakinis returned to the scene to steal one more motorcycle, riding off on it. On Friday, July 24, Sakinis appeared at Cambridge Crown Court where he was sentenced to 12 months in prison.

Woman jailed for soliciting to murder her ex

Victoria Breeden, 39, of Black Horse Drove, Littleport

On the final day of the month, a woman from Cambridgeshire was jailed for soliciting to murder her ex-husband.

At Chelmsford Crown Court on July 31 Victoria Breeden, 39, of Black Horse Drove, Littleport was sentenced to nine and a half-years after previously being found guilty of three counts of soliciting to murder Rob Parkes. The case was brought to the attention of Cambridgeshire Police in November last year when Breeden's most current former partner, Graham Wall, approached officers with a 24-minute recording. Mr Wall feared Breeden was having an affair and hid his phone in a cupboard under the stairs of her home to see what she was up to.

When he retrieved it the next day he listened to the recording of Breeden and another man, Earl Gernon, talking about how easy it would be to 'make someone disappear'. The recording heard talk of the different ways her ex-husband, Rob Parkes, could be murdered or seriously injured, and that it would cost between ?10 and ?15,000 for a 'see you later'. Breeden was initially charged with conspiracy to murder but further investigation revealed it wasn't the first time she had made these enquiries and requests for help.

During a trial in March, Breeden was found guilty of persuading Hamish Lowry-Martin to murder Mr Parkes between January 1, 2014, and December 31 2014.

She was also found guilty of persuading Graham Wall to kill him between October 19, 2018, and October 3, 2019, and persuading Earl Gernon to murder him on October 2 2019.

Breeden was found not guilty of persuading Daniel Proctor to kill him between November 1 and June 1 2016.

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