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Jailed in March: The stories of the 13 criminals locked up in Essex this month

Despite the restrictions imposed because of Covid-19, a number of criminals have been dealt with at the county’s courts this month.

From child sex abusers to drug dealers, the following Essex residents have been locked up.

Some have caused serious physical and mental damage to their victims and have rightly been handed sentences as a result.

And while some will be out in a few years, others could be spending more than a decade behind bars.

Here are the 13 criminals who were jailed in Essex in March.

David Guwazah, Robert Grant, Harry Millington and Alfie Livett

David Guwazah, Robert Grant, Harry Millington, Alfie Livett (left to right)
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These four men were all part of an aggravated burglary in Grays, Essex, in which three innocent men were attacked.

Guwazah, Grant, Millington and Livett, along with other men, attended an address in Parsonage Road, Grays, on April 12 last year.

The group were collectively armed with baseball bats, swords, machetes and chainsaws as they forced their way into the flat, only to find the people they were looking for weren’t there.

They proceeded to brutally assault the three innocent men inside, threatening them with knifes as well as kicking and striking their heads and bodies.

One of the three victims, Trevor Cowan, died six days after being assaulted. His death was initially believed to be a result of the attack, but further forensic evidence meant his death was no longer treated as suspicious.

The four men were prosecuted before being sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court on March 6 this year.

Guwazah was sentenced to 11 years in prison with an extra three years on extended license.

Grant was sentenced to ten years, while Levitt received nine.

Millington, who pleaded guilty, was handed seven years and six months in custody.

Harry Peirson

Harry Peirson
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Following an altercation in Chelmsford city centre, Peirson stabbed two men in the back.

The 19-year-old, along with his accomplice, David O’Brien, 20, had been involved in an altercation with one of the victims earlier in the day on August 8 last year.

At around 11.20pm, Peirson, O’Brien and the two victims met again near a bridge close to the Odeon cinema and engaged in another altercation.

This time, Peirson stabbed one of the victims twice in the back, once in the elbow and once in the armpit, whilst the other victim received a single stab wound to the back.

Peirson, who also cut his own hand, then fled the scene with O’Brien while quick-thinking Odeon staff called the police. The two victims were then taken to hospital.

Police discovered that after the stabbing, Peirson went home to get changed before leaving in new clothing. He was arrested at his home and officers located O’Brien after they released CCTV footage on social media.

On March 17 this year, Peirson was jailed for eight and a half years for two counts of wounding with intent at Chelmsford Crown Court.

O’Brien was sentenced to six weeks imprisonment for assault by beating in November 2019.

Ashley Budd

Ashley Budd
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After Budd was accused of cheating on his partner, the 32-year-old from Chelmsford took it upon himself to attack another man with a crowbar.

The victim found out Budd had been sending messages to his wife, accused him of having an affair with her and threatened to tell Budd’s partner.

Budd then threatened to stab the victim if he did and, when the victim told Budd’s partner, he tracked him down and attacked him.

On December 1 last year in Broomfield Hospital car park, Budd used a crowbar to assault the victim as well as punching him several times, leaving him with a fractured nose, cheek and eye socket.

Budd tried to get back in his car and flee the scene but he was stopped by security staff and was arrested, before police found a knife inside his vehicle.

He was later charged and at Chelmsford Crown Court in January he pleaded guilty to GBH with intent, dangerous driving, criminal damage and possession of a blade in a public place.

At the same court on Wednesday, March 25, he was jailed for five and a half years and banned from driving for three and a half years.

He has also been made subject to a restraining order.

Philip Cast

Philip Cast
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Cast was jailed for eight years after sexually assaulting a girl for more than two years in Tilbury.

Essex Police received information in September last year that the 48-year-old had abused a teenager between 2014 and 2016.

He was arrested and interviewed. He admitted his crimes and his phone evidence was also secured.

He appeared at Basildon Crown Court on March 4 this year where he was convicted of six counts of sexual activity with a child.

Cast was sentenced to eight years with an extra five years on license, has been placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life and has been made subject to a five-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Carl Spencer

Carl Spencer
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In April 2018, police received information that Spencer, 31, had been sending sexual messages to a girl using a messaging app.

He was arrested at an address in Southend and through forensic analysis of his mobile phone, officers found several conversations between Spencer and young girls, aged between 12 and 14.

On each occasion, the conversation had become sexual in nature and in many cases he had sent explicit images and videos of himself to the girls.

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Officers also found more than 200 indecent images and videos of children when they searched his phone and Dropbox account.

Spencer, from Bromley, was arrested and charged at Basildon Crown Court last month and pleaded guilty to 23 child sex offences.

They included eight counts of attempting to engage in sexual conversation with a child, nine counts of distributing indecent images of children, three counts of possessing indecent images of children, two counts of causing a child to watch or look at an image of sexual activity and one count of attempting to cause or incite a child to engage in sexual activity.

He was jailed earlier this month to a total of four years and eight months in prison.

Joseph Okello

Joseph Okello
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Okello was arrested after police found him and his associate in possession of 134 wraps of cocaine.

The 21-year-old was arrested at Okello’s home in Boleyn Gardens, Brentwood, on November 19 last year.

Thirty wraps of cocaine were found inside Okello’s trainers, a wrap of cocaine was found in the luggage compartment of an accomplice’s moped and another 103 were locate inside in the property.

Officers also confiscated £390, and both men were arrested and charged with possession with intent to supply cocaine.

They admitted the charges at Basildon Magistrates’ Court on November 20 and were sentenced at Basildon Crown Court on Monday, March 23.

Okello was jailed for three years.

The accomplice, of no fixed address, was given a two year jail term suspended for two years.

John Paul-Pace

John Paul-Pace
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A drug dealer who was running a so-called county line supplying heroin and crack cocaine on the streets of Harlow was jailed for more than two years.

Chelmsford Crown Court heard how 40-year-old John-Paul Pace was running a drug dealing operation, known as the “Frankie” line, with 28-year-old Jade Bobb.

Officers from the West Operation Raptor team began an investigation into the line after receiving information that it was prevalent in Harlow in supplying Class A drugs.

After carrying out extensive enquiries, the officers raided the home of Bobb in Templefields House in River Way, Harlow, on November 4 last year.

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They searched the property and found clear evidence of drug dealing including various mobile phones that were forensically linked to the “Frankie” line, digital scales used to weigh drugs, cash and cannabis.

Both were arrested and charged and Bobb was jailed for four years and nine months in February after admitting being concerned in the supply and possession with intent to supply drugs.

Pace, also of Templefields House, was charged with two counts of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and two counts of being concerned in the supply of drugs.

He was jailed for 27 months following a hearing at Chelmsford Crown Court earlier this month.

Besjan Mustafaj

Besjan Mustafaj
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Mustafaj was found carrying a bag of cocaine when he was stopped by police on the A124 in Barking.

When the 26-year-old was stopped, he was found to have a bag of white powder which, when tested later, was confirmed as cocaine.

A number of mobile phones were also found within the vehicle and when officers carried out a search of an address linked to Mustafaj, they found more than £1,300 in cash and suspected Class A drugs.

Mustafaj, of Ashford Road, London, appeared at Basildon Magistrates’ Court on March 6 this year where he admitted one charge of possession with intent to supply Class A grugs and one charge of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs.

He was jailed for a total of four years.

Robert Field

Robert Field
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Field hacked into 297 accounts in order to access private pictures for his own sexual gratification.

In June 2018, Essex Police’s Cyber Crime Team and local officers executed a warrant at an address in Huthwaite in Nortinghamshire and arrested Field after they received information that he was hacking accounts.

Officers found that he had accessed Apple iCloud accounts of men and women, some known to him, to look for and download images. Many private photographs and videos were of an intimate and sexual nature.

The 38-year-old also shared the photographs with other individuals in private and in some cases, on public websites for everyone to see.

It was found that Field meticulously carried out research on the victims and by having their email details was able to successfully guess their security questions.

Most of his activity took place when the victims were sleeping, meaning they would only find out that their passwords had been reset after waking up.

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Some people also mistook the emails as phishing scams.

Police found that Field kept a full detailed spreadsheet on his computer that contained the personal details of all his victims including their security answers, names, date of birth and addresses.

He also included the techniques he had used to hack their accounts and what he had captured.

Field wrote every changed password down in this document and there was evidence that showed he had hacked or attempted to hack hundr of accounts.

On March 13 this year, Field was sentenced for 28 counts of causing a computer to perform a function to secure unauthorised data and one count of securing unauthorised access to computer material with intent at Chelmsford Crown Court.

He was jailed for 32 months.

Kevin Sanderson

Kevin Sanderson was jailed for breaching an order put in place to help protect someone at risk of domestic abuse.

Sanderson, 59, of no fixed address, had attended an address in Westcliff despite being prohibited from doing so under the requirements of the order.

On Monday, March 2, he was jailed for four weeks.