The criminals who were jailed in February

There were plenty of criminals jailed last month. Some offenders got long sentences handed to them, especially 22-year-old Billy Flynn who has been put behind bars for 11 years and three months for possession of firearms with intent to endanger life. At the end of last month, we featured the offenders who were jailed in January, so we thought we’d share the latest batch of criminals who were locked up this month.

Kent's criminals are jailed at either Canterbury or Maidstone Crown Courts.
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Jason Wood

The “remorseless” 30-year-old was jailed for nine years and four months after a vicious attack on a woman and for committing multiple other offences.

Wood, previously of Nash Road, Margate, punched Tiffany East 30 times in the face, kicked her head, then held a smashed bottle to her throat. At Canterbury Crown Court, he admitted to two counts of attempted GBH, possession with intent to supply a Class A drug, assaulting an emergency worker, cannabis possession, resisting arrest, two bail offences, possession of a knife and driving without a licence or insurance.

Jason Wood, formerly of Nash Road, Margate, has been jailed. Picture: Kent Police Jason Wood, formerly of Nash Road, Margate, has been jailed. Picture: Kent Police

Marcus James The Folkestone racist has been jailed for two years and four months after racially abusing and threatening his neighbour in Bouverie Road.

The 64-year-old shouted racial slurs and threatened to have a neighbour killed following a disagreement about loud music.

The sentencing judge at Canterbury Crown Court also imposed a three-year restraining order preventing James contacting the victim. PC Dan Mills, of Folkestone’s vulnerability investigation team, said: “James’ appalling behaviour had a long-lasting impact on this victim. He carried on bombarding her with abuse even after he was arrested and I am pleased the court has recognised the seriousness of his actions.”

Marcus James has been jailed.
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Billy Flynn

The 22-year-old was jailed for his role in the purchase and sale of GBP5,500 handguns capable of causing “lethal injuries”. Flynn, of Rowanwood Avenue, Sidcup, was sentenced to 11 years and three months’ imprisonment for possession of firearms with intent to endanger life. He was jailed at Woolwich Crown Court after being found guilty at the same court.

In total, four men were sentenced for a range of firearm offences after an operation by the police to crack down on guns and crime uncovered the weapons plus a Glock firearm and a Taser.

Billy Flynn was jailed for 11 years and three months. Picture: Met Police Billy Flynn was jailed for 11 years and three months.

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William Adams The escaped inmate took police on “a horrifying and frightening” 80mph chase along the A249 after three months on the run. Adams had been serving a 45-month sentence imposed in September 2020 for a conspiracy to steal – but just walked out of Ford Open Prison in West Sussex on July 14, 2021.

The twice-banned driver was spotted at the wheel of a stolen van near Sittingbourne and was caught near the Stockbury roundabout on the A249, when the van was rammed by a police car. After trial at Maidstone Crown Court, Adams was returned to serve the rest of the original sentence and now the judge has added another 28 months. He was also banned from driving for four years and 10 months.

William Adams has been jailed.
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Mark Edge

The Herne Bay dad was jailed for five years and four months after appearing at Canterbury Crown Court. Edge stabbed a man in the chest for levelling homophobic language towards his son. He plunged a six-inch kitchen blade into Jack Stone’s left chest, puncturing a lung and narrowly missing the heart.

Struggling to breathe and with his body “shutting down”, Mr Stone was rushed by air to a London hospital following the attack in Station Chine, Herne Bay, in March 2019. Judge Mark Weekes told the 53-year-old: “It is a miracle indeed that you are not being tried or convicted for a much more serious offence.”

Mark Edge from Herne Bay has been jailed for five years and four months. Picture: Kent Police Mark Edge from Herne Bay has been jailed for five years and four months. Picture: Kent Police

Viorel Staver Staver was jailed for 20 months at Canterbury Crown Court after admitting to facilitate illegal entrance into the UK at a previous hearing.

The 48-year-old’s truck was stopped at Dover‘s Eastern Docks last December when Border Force discovered an Albanian man stowed inside. The court heard the Moldovan national travelled to a rendezvous point in Europe to pick up the person, then entered Dover at about 10.30pm on December 16, when Border Force intercepted his vehicle. “His eldest son has been suffering from severe pains in his head and has been diagnosed with having a brain tumour which requires a treatment,” Staver’s barrister Kerry Waite said.

Judge Catherine Brown said: “While it is no excuse, I accept your motivation to enter this criminal enterprise was to pay for treatment for your son.”

Viorel Staver's truck was stopped at Dover's Eastern Docks last December. Viorel Staver’s truck was stopped at Dover’s Eastern Docks last December.

Peter Baars The drug dealer has been jailed for six years after failing to disguise a Taser as a flashlight. Baars was arrested after police officers raided his home in March last year.

Officers found crack cocaine and heroin at the property in Sotherton, Willesborough, with a combined street value of around GBP8,000. They also found two large knives and the Taser, disguised as a flashlight. The 53-year-old was not at home at the time but was caught and arrested nearby, and officers found a phone containing suspicious messages.

PC Alessandro Ottaviani, Kent Police’s investigating officer, said: “The knives and disguised Taser found at Baars’ flat show the violent means drug dealers are prepared to use as they exploit vulnerable people in our communities.”

Peter Baars has been jailed. Picture: Kent Police Peter Baars has been jailed.

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Rahim Saeed The drug dealer was jailed to two years and four months after he was arrested with more than 90 wraps of cocaine and heroin. Saeed, 54, of Dartmouth Road, Sydenham, Greater London, admitted supplying crack cocaine with intent to supply and possessing heroin with intent to supply in Dartford.

He was stopped in Dartford in the hire car he was driving after police suspected he was involved in drug supply, and detained him for a search. After pulling him over in Waldeck Road, on October 18, officers from Kent Police’s County Lines and Gangs Team seized a burner phone from the vehicle and GBP220 in cash, and took Saeed back to the police station to complete the search. Once there, he admitted there were drugs hidden in his clothing and the officers seized 91 wraps of crack cocaine and heroin.

They also recovered a large lump of crack cocaine which it is estimated could have been divided into a further 110 wraps.

Rahim Saeed, 54, of Dartmouth Road, Sydenham, Greater London, admitted supplying crack cocaine with intent to supply and possessing heroin with intent to supply in Dartford. Picture: Kent Police Rahim Saeed, 54, of Dartmouth Road, Sydenham, Greater London, admitted supplying crack cocaine with intent to supply and possessing heroin with intent to supply in Dartford.

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Michael Yeo This thug will be behind bars for seven years and three months. Yeo, made a tearful apology from the dock to the lover he had punched, bit and threatened to kill.

Sobbing, the 26-year-old told her: “I’m sorry for everything I’ve done. I am sorry for what I put you through…You are strong and you are beautiful… I miss you.”

Yeo, who has no fixed address, admitted assault, kidnapping, affray, damaging property, having a knife and remaining unlawfully at large and was given an immediate jail sentence of five years and three months. The judge, Recorder Alan Gardner, added another two years on licence which will be served after Yeo is released.

Michael Yeo has been jailed for seven years and three months. Picture: Kent Police Michael Yeo has been jailed for seven years and three months. Picture: Kent Police

Karamvir Dhadda A “frenzied” screwdriver-wielding thug who repeatedly stabbed a rival inside a Costcutter store was also locked up.

Karamvir Dhadda, 19, rained blows into Carl Brock’s ribs, thigh and bottom during a row in front of horrified customers in Margate. Dhadda, of Plumstead, was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court 31 months inside a Young Offender Institution. The violence exploded following a “scuffle” between Mr Brock and Dhadda’s friend at the Northdown Road supermarket in August 2021.

Karamvir Dhadda was jailed for stabbing a man in Costcutter in Margate with a screwdriver.
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pPicture: Kent Police Karamvir Dhadda was jailed for stabbing a man in Costcutter in Margate with a screwdriver. Picture: Kent Police

Channing Hart

This man was cleared of knowingly assisting Andre Bent’s murderer in Maidstone but jailed for violent disorder. The Mercedes driver has been cleared of helping a killer to escape following a gig at the Gallery nightclub in Maidstone by the rapper Mo Stack. However, Hart admitted a charge of violent disorder during the street violence.

He was caught on CCTV punching and kicking during the showdown which was described by one eye-witness as a “royal ruckus.” He was jailed for 21 months for that offence.

Channing Hart has been jailed. Picture: Kent Police Channing Hart has been jailed. Picture: Kent Police

Chris Pearson The former teacher has been jailed for sexually abusing a young boy nearly 30 years ago.

Pearson, from Chatham, who was a teenager at the time of the offences, denied the crimes but was convicted. The married father-of-two was unanimously convicted of three counts of rape and one count of indecency with a child. He was handed a seven-year sentence for abusing the nine-year-old in the 1990s.

The victim said he suffered “flashbacks” and “triggers” to childhood memories he would rather forget and spoke of “years of suffering” due to Pearson.

Former teacher Chris Pearson has been jailed for sexual offences committed in the 1990s Former teacher Chris Pearson has been jailed for sexual offences committed in the 1990s

Aubrey Goodison-McIntosh This drugs kingpin was jailed after coordinating the supply of heroin and crack cocaine in two Kent coastal towns. Goodison-McIntosh orchestrated the county line called “Bugsy” in Whitstable and Herne Bay from his home in London.

The 24-year-old, of Leinster Gardens, Paddington, admitted being concerned in the supply of heroin and crack cocaine and additional counts of possessing both substances with intent to supply. He was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court to four years’ imprisonment.

Aubrey Goodison-McIntosh has been jailed. Picture: Kent Police Aubrey Goodison-McIntosh has been jailed. Picture: Kent Police

Emmanuel Scarrott and Sonny Maughon The pair conned a total of GBP500,000 from mainly pensioners – two aged in their 80s and 90s – with bogus roofing contracts in north Kent.

Maughan, 29, from near Gravesend and his pal Emmanuel Scarrott, 28, of Basildon in Essex, have been banned from going to any house in the UK to offer building or maintenance services. The two admitted a charge of conspiracy to defraud involving three victims in 2020, with Maughan admitting to an additional charge of defrauding a Gravesend pensioner in the summer of 2020. Scarrott was jailed for a total of four years and father-of-two Maughan for five years.

Sonny Maughan, 29, of Brakefield Road, Gravesend and pal Emanuel Scarrott, 28, of Basildon, Essex.
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Taulant Stoica

This 35-year-old man was jailed for 10 years for arranging cocaine deals within the UK worth almost GBP1.4 million. Stoica, from Bexleyheath, was identified as the fixer behind a number of drug deals in London and Bristol arranged on encrypted messaging platform EncroChat. Stoica was detained by OCP officers near his home in Brampton Road on June 30, 2021, where he had three mobile phones and more than GBP4,000 in his possession – a further GBP12,000 was recovered from his house.

He was subsequently charged with three counts of conspiracy to supply cocaine and one count of money laundering.

Taulant Stoica - drug dealer from Bexleyheath is jailed Taulant Stoica – drug dealer from Bexleyheath is jailed

William Smith Smith, 27, of Beechwood Drive in Meopham was put behind bars after he targeted a woman who won GBP1,100 from a fruit machine. He repeatedly demanded she hand over her purse and lunged at her with a knife in hand – he then picked up the purse and ran away.

Despite claiming in interview that he was not in Leysdown on the date of the offence, forensic inquiries found Smith’s DNA profile on a hat that was seized at the scene. He has now been sentenced to six years in prison.

Smith has been put behind bars. Picture: Kent Police Smith has been put behind bars. Picture: Kent Police

Walter Ripley The delivery driver from Teynham was caught by paedophile hunters who trapped him at work which then led to a bust up.

In the incident three years ago, Ripley believed he was sharing sex messages with a 14-year-old schoolgirl called ‘Poppy’ on WhatsApp, but he was talking to a “decoy” from a group calling itself Undercover and Expose. The now 33-year-old has been jailed for three years after admitting four charges of trying to groom someone he thought was a child with a view to having sex and sharing images. He will now remain on the Sex Offender’s Register indefinitely and has been made subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years.

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Liam Thomas

The knife-wielding bully threatened to stab his neighbours while unleashing a tirade of racist abuse in November. Thomas’ victims were forced to barricade themselves inside their Folkestone home as he repeatedly stabbed at the window whilst intoxicated. The 28-year-old, of the same town, was jailed at Canterbury Crown Court for 16 months, for the “traumatic”and unprovoked assault.

He will also be subject of a two-year restraining order and time spent on remand will be deducted from his sentence.

Liam Thomas has been put behind bars. Picture: Kent Police Liam Thomas has been put behind bars.

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Ross Harland An actor, who starred in the hit film The Hatton Garden Job, has been given a 40 month prison sentence for a drug conspiracy after he was spotted handing over half a kilo of cocaine in Marsh Street, Strood. Harland agreed to act as a “runner” for GBP500 to help with his debts while working as a welder.

He admitted one charge of conspiracy involving cocaine with a street value of GBP750,000. The 34-year-old has spent more than two years awaiting sentencing – it was expected he would be released straight away as he would serve only half of the 40 month sentence.

Ross Harland was given a 40 month sentence. Image from Facebook Ross Harland was given a 40 month sentence. Image from Facebook

James Flynn The father-to-be launched a flying kick at his pregnant partner’s stomach before stamping on her abdomen in an attack outside her Dover home.

She had to be rushed to hospital with suspected liver damage but “mercifully” the victim and her baby did not sustain significant injuries. The court heard how the victim shouted “I’m pregnant you idiot” to which he replied “I don’t give a damn”. The 34-year-old was handed a 16-month sentence at Canterbury Crown Court.

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Christion Wright

This 28-year-old sexual predator targeted his first victim in a sexually motivated attack in London’s St James’s Park in January last year in which he dragged her to the ground while carrying out a sex act on himself and announcing his intention to have sex. The victim bit his hand and he fled the scene on a Santander hire bike. Just days later he was reported to British Transport Police for a lewd act on a woman’s bag while next to a female passenger whilst on board a Southeastern train destined for Greenhithe, near Dartford.

He pleaded guilty to both sexual assaults in December last year and has now been sentenced to three years and eight months’ imprisonment and placed on the sex offenders register for life.

Christion Wright was jailed for three years and eight months' and placed on the sex offenders register for life. Picture: Metropolitan Police Christion Wright was jailed for three years and eight months’ and placed on the sex offenders register for life.

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Tommie Lloyd Lloyd, 21, donned gloves and a balaclava to break into a property in Dene Holm Road, Northfleet in August last year. He used a screwdriver to force open the front door and, once inside, stole the keys to an Audi A5 parked on the driveway – while reversing, he smashed into a wall, waking up the owner who called the police.

The police helicopter was deployed and a short while later the crew spotted Lloyd driving at considerable speed, overtaking and undertaking other cars and putting members of the public at risk. He was sentenced to two years and four months in prison and was disqualified from driving for four years and two months.

Tommie Lloyd, 21, admitted various offences related to a break-in in Dene Holm Road, Northfleet. Picture: Kent Police Tommie Lloyd, 21, admitted various offences related to a break-in in Dene Holm Road, Northfleet. Picture: Kent Police

David Smith Smith, of Queripel Close, Tunbridge Wells, shared disgusting images and videos on Kik messenger while chatting to the child, who he believed was 12, for 45 minutes.

The 54-year-old had sent sexual images of himself to the schoolboy and also encouraged them to send indecent photos to him. During a police interview, Smith presented a prepared statement stating he believed that he had been communicating with adults who were using fake profiles. He was charged with attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child, engaging in sexual communication with a child and two counts of causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

After pleading guilty he was jailed for 28 months and ordered to sign the Sex Offender’s Register for 10 years.

Paedophile Dave Smith, from Tunbridge Wells, has been jailed. Picture: Kent Police Paedophile Dave Smith, from Tunbridge Wells, has been jailed.

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Lee Dardani Dardani, 49, of Downs Road, Walmer, was been jailed for assault after an off-duty police officer saw his injured victim sitting at the side of a road. The officer was on her way home from a late shift when she saw the victim with her head in her hands near Dover Road, Deal.

The victim was taken to the home of a family member and an investigation was launched into how she had come by her injuries. Dardani was quickly identified as a suspect. He was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, which he later admitted at Canterbury Crown Court and has since been jailed for a year and made the subject of a two-year restraining order.

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Harry Poore

The teenage drug dealer from Hythe has been locked up again after recruiting a juvenile to peddle crack and heroin. Poore, then 19, has been convicted four times and this time was sentenced to three years inside a Young Offender Institute after pleading guilty to five drugs offences at Canterbury Crown Court. The teenager headed the Paddy line from a bed and breakfast in Dymchurch Road, while still on licence having been released from prison for similar matters – when officers raided his room they discovered 28 grams of cocaine, seven grams of heroin and GBP5,110.

Poore pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of heroin and cocaine, possessing cocaine and heroin and possessing criminal property. The four months already spent on remand will be deducted from his overall sentence.

Harry Poore has been locked up. Picture: Kent Police Harry Poore has been locked up. Picture: Kent Police

Stephen Buggs The syringe-wielding thug threatened to infect his landlord with HIV after she discovered his blood-splattered room.

Buggs, 38, of Canterbury, previously served 11 years and six months for wounding with intent and sunk his teeth into a police officer’s leg following his arrest. The bully erupted into threats moments after Elizabeth Ferreira discovered his walls and carpet stained with blood last Christmas Eve. After producing a knife and syringes, Buggs charged outside and began vandalising her car.

The drug-user pursued Ms Ferreira with “at least one” hypodermic needle and a blade, shouting: “Come on then, I have got AIDS and hepatitis”. Buggs, previously of Westwood Drive, pleaded guilty to threatening another with a blade and assaulting an emergency worker at an early opportunity. He also admitted criminal damage, common assault, assaulting an emergency worker and possession of cannabis and jailed for two years and two months and will be made subject to a five-year restraining order relating to his former landlord and a tenant within the property.

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Myles Woollett

A 22-year-old hit 98mph on country lanes before ploughing into a stationary car and running off, leaving his dying victim trapped in the wreckage. Myles Woollett, of Mereworth, has now been jailed for six years after causing 23-year-old Claudia-Rose Moor’s death on the A21 at Mountfield. Emergency services were called at 6pm on April 25, following the crash involving the Vauxhall Adam driven by Woollett.

He was seen driving recklessly at high speeds before attempting to overtake a vehicle. He lost control and collided with Claudia-Rose’s car. At Lewes Crown Court Woollett admitted causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injuries by dangerous driving to a passenger in his own vehicle.

He was also disqualified from driving for seven years and was told he would need to take an extended retest before he would be allowed to obtain his licence.

Myles Woollett, has been jailed for six years and disqualified from driving. Picture: Sussex Police Myles Woollett, has been jailed for six years and disqualified from driving.

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