The courts were active again in September after scores of criminals were jailed after being convicted of a multitude of offenses.
They range from a Burton pervert who was jailed for uploading 20,000 indecent pictures of children to a trusted holiday park manager who pocketed over £ 13,000 in an elaborate Facebook scam.
There are also behind bars two men who were found dealing drugs after a police check and search and a thief who stole over £ 4,000 worth of alcohol from a Burton supermarket during the course of ‘a four-day trip.
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While some have been jailed for 13 weeks, one faces 40 months behind bars.
Here are those who are now behind bars:
A vile Burton pervert has been jailed after admitting to uploading more than 20,000 indecent pictures of children.
Police intelligence led Michael Gozdek of Wood Street to be arrested after two of his computer devices were discovered containing large numbers of indecent images of children.
The 39-year-old appeared in Cannock Magistrates’ Court where he pleaded guilty to taking 3,748 indecent Category A photographs; 2,267 Category B images; and 14,564 category C images.
He also admitted possession of 40 prohibited computer graphics of a child and possession of an extreme pornographic video, which explicitly and realistically depicted a person performing a sexual act with dogs.
The offenses took place in Burton over a period of 14 months, the court was told.
He has now appeared in Stafford Crown Court for his conviction and has been jailed for seven months.
He has also been subject to a Sexual Injury Prevention Order for five years and must sign the Sex Offender Register for 10 years.
Alicia Perry, a prosecutor, previously told magistrates that in 2017, intelligence services suggested that a device using an IP address contained indecent images.
Despite unsuccessful attempts to confront him, Gozdek was ultimately arrested and an examination of two of his devices revealed the shocking images.
He admitted that he downloaded them, we heard in court.
A 34-year-old thief stole more than £ 4,000 worth of alcohol from a Burton supermarket in four days.
Eugen Butarita, appeared before the Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court to admit stealing spirits worth £ 1,840.
He also admitted to stealing spirits and food worth £ 847.88 on May 25; steal alcohol worth £ 1,676.50 on June 4; and stole alcohol worth £ 183.25 on June 18.
All of the offenses happened at Tesco, Burton.
Butarita, of Foleshill, Coventry, was jailed for 13 weeks because magistrates heard it was “a wave of offenses” where he targeted “valuables” and committed crimes. “unpleasant offenses against officials by trying to bite them”.
He was ordered to pay a victim fine surcharge of £ 128.
A trusted holiday park manager pocketed more than £ 13,000 by secretly changing her company’s Facebook account details so that payments went straight to her bank account.
Sheena Palling carried out the scam at Ashby Woulds Lodges and Spa, Spring Cottage Road, Overseal, for a period of nine months, collecting £ 13,582 from 41 fraudulent transactions.
The 49-year-old has pleaded guilty to fraud by abusing her position in the park.
For nine months, her bosses had no idea the mother of four was stealing them until a customer spoke to another park staff member to confirm payment details and it was discovered that the The money was paid privately to the accused instead of being processed through the Hoseasons vacation company. who usually handled reservations.
Tony Stanford, attorney, said Palling held the trusted position of manager, overseeing the day-to-day management of the business, Leicestershire Live reported.
Reservations for the park vacation lodge were handled by the Hoseasons agency, but Palling bypassed the system by changing the park’s Facebook account to display its own phone number and email address and included an option to perform payments through PayPal which went directly into their own bank account.
Faced with the owner of the park, Palling, of Lowforce, Stonydelph, confessed.
She was imprisoned for 12 months.
A Burton man has been jailed for 40 months after pleading guilty to drug-related offenses in the city.
Homeless Kieron Bradwell, 28, was sentenced at Stafford Crown Court after admitting to seven offenses.
These were two counts of possession with intent to supply heroin and two counts of crack; be concerned with the heroin supply and one involving crack; and an offense of possession of cannabis.
All offenses occurred in June and July in Burton.
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Paul Allen and Elie Mey
Two men were jailed after dozens of Class A drug packages were seized in Burton, with police claiming being off the streets a major blow in the fight against drugs entering Staffordshire .
Paul Allen was jailed for three years and Elie Mey was jailed for 30 months at Stafford Crown Court this week following a trial in August.
The court heard that Allen, 38, was arrested and searched by officers on June 16 last year, in Branston Road, Burton. He was found in possession of Class A drugs and arrested.
Just 20 minutes later, police stopped and searched Elie Mey, 20, of Inkerman Street, Wolverhampton, after a short chase. He was arrested for being involved in the supply of Class A drugs.
During a search of a nearby property in Branston Road, officers discovered 120 envelopes of Class A drugs with a market value of around £ 2,400.
Money, other drugs and a knife were also seized.
Allen and Mey were convicted of possession with intent to supply 16.4 grams of crack and 7.6 grams of heroin on June 16, 2020.
Allen, of Branston Road, was also convicted of possession with intent to provide an additional 0.5g of crack on the same date.
William Lewis and Nelson Herne
Two daring car thieves are behind bars after attacking drivers while using gas stations, including stealing a driver’s car while inflating their tires.
West Midlands Police have released CCTV footage showing con artist William Lewis sneaking up on unsuspecting motorists in garages over the past year and jumping into the driver’s seat as unsuspecting motorists were distracted.
Brazen Lewis is seen accelerating in cars as owners inflated tires and vacuumed the interior – and on some occasions with gasoline hose nozzles still attached.
The 37-year-old worked alongside Nelson Herne, 42, of Roach Close in Solihull, to steal at least 16 vehicles with a combined value of over £ 150,000.
Officers identified the pattern of the offenses and after going through many hours of CCTV, they spotted a red Renault Clio used by the couple to hunt down gas stations for unsuspecting victims. The flights took place in Solihull and east of Birmingham.
Detectives discovered that the Clio was registered in the name of a woman known to Herne and seized it during a search of her address on October 1.
A pair of boxing gloves were found in the boot that was inside a stolen Ford Kuga on July 23 from an Esso garage in Station Road, Marston Green. Police also found clothing at the address that matched the items used to commit the thefts.
The owner of Kuga also became a detective and found a man she said was responsible for stealing her car on Facebook using the profile name Billiam Lewis.
Other sites targeted by the thieves were Morrisons in Chester Road, Jet in Flaxley Road, Erdington, Sainsbury’s in Castle Vale Retail Park and the BP station in Washwood Heath Road.
Herne and Lewis, of Honeybourne Road, admitted to plotting to steal vehicles between February and July 2020 and at Birmingham Crown Court they were jailed for 27 months and 30 months respectively.