Four jailed after New Year crime spree

Four men have been jailed after they admitted their involvement in damaging in excess of eighty vehicles.

The defendants pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to 24 counts of criminal damage relating to 86 incidents of damage to vehicles.

They were all sentenced yesterday (Monday 12 May) at Leicester Crown Court.

The court heard how the defendants carried out the damage between 31 December, 2016 and 3 January, 2017 in Rushey Mead, Thurmaston, Syston and a number of villages in the Melton area.

Detective Inspector Helen Nurse led the investigation, she said: “The impact these incidents had on the local community was immense, the defendants had no regard for their actions and the consequences.

“My officers worked tirelessly to bring the offenders to justice and took more than 80 statements from those affected. The defendants now face a lengthy term in prison and we hope that reassures the local community that we take these incidents extremely seriously.”

The defendants were sentenced as follows:-

  • Adam Guy, 23, of Stirling Road, Melton, was sentenced to eight months for six counts of criminal damage
  • Lewis Watts, 21, of Nottingham Road, Melton, was sentenced to 12 months for six counts of criminal damage, driving without a licence, driving without insurance, two counts of making off without paying for fuel and breaching a community order
  • Tyron Cotterill, 20, of Butterwick Drive, Leicester, was sentenced to eleven months for six counts of criminal damage, driving without a licence, driving without insurance, making off without paying for fuel and dangerous driving. He was also banned from driving for 17 months.
  • Kieran Painter, 18, of Morley Close, Melton, was sentenced to eight months for six counts of criminal damage

Source:: Leicestershire Police News

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