A killer student who stabbed a young man he had argued with at a party. A controlling thug who abused a woman he met online and a reckless driver who failed to stop for police while banned from driving.
They are just some of the local criminals sent to jail in recent weeks. The list below features law-breakers from Coventry, Warwickshire and the wider West Midlands whose crimes we covered in October.
Needless to say, some offences were more serious than others. But the judges involved felt all were worthy of immediate custodial sentences.
A student has been jailed after murdering a young man and injuring another in a knife attack in Coventry. Pengqui Sun will spend more than two decades behind bars after he fatally stabbed a man at a city centre bus stop.
Victim Shuo Zou was holding a party for a friend of his and defendant Pengqi Sun when a disagreement broke out between the two. Sun then assaulted Shuo Zou, but the fight was quickly stopped by friends.
Detectives say 23-year-old Sun then returned home to arm himself with a knife and two blades of a broken pair of scissors. He found Shuo Zou and his friend on Upper Well Street where he launched a murderous attack, inflicting a fatal neck wound on the victim.
A ‘controlling’ Coventry man ‘made life hell’ for a woman he met online, physically and mentally abusing her and threatening to kill her dog. Antony Watts drove the victim to want to take her own life as she was made to ‘feel worthless’.
Watts, 37, abused the victim over a significant period of time and in one incident followed her while she was taking her dog for a walk in June. He viciously smacked her in the face and dragged her before she ran and escaped.
At one stage, having been arrested and bailed not to contact the woman, he broke that within a day telling her ‘You know the dance, darling, I am going to blow your world apart’. Watts was jailed for 30 months and handed a five-year restraining order not to contact the victim at Derby Crown Court.
Officers spotted a van being driven with a flat tyre on the A46 at around 1pm on August 25. Cops tried to stop the van but Bahica continued driving near Wootton Wawen before he eventually smashed into a tree after a stinger had been deployed.
He was charged with driving a motor vehicle dangerously, using a motor vehicle in a public place without third-party insurance, failing to stop and driving while disqualified.
A Rugby man who murdered a dad in a “senseless and sickening” attack will spend a minimum of 17 years in jail. Police and emergency services were called to a shared house in Newland Street, Rugby, at around 6am on September 2, 2021.
When they arrived they found signs of a disturbance and Mark Richmond unconscious, struggling to breathe and with significant head injuries. Matthew Naysmith, then aged 18 and now 20, was the only other person living in the house at the time.
Mark was taken to hospital with a punctured lung, fractured ribs and a fractured skull, but sadly died two days later. Naysmith was further arrested on suspicion of murder and charged before being sentenced at Warwick Crown Court on October 12.
A sexual predator has been banned from browsing the internet after being found guilty of grooming children as young as 12. David Fulleylove, of Weddington Road in Nuneaton, used all manner of seedy aliases to engage with his victims online and persuade them to perform sexual acts.
He asked for and received an illicit photo of a 14-year-old girl during one conversation and sent pictures of his genitals to other children online. He also requested to meet up with another 12-year-old girl.
The 56-year-old denied a string of sex offences, but was found guilty of attempting to incite a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity (one count of penetration and one count of non-penetration), four counts of attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child and one count of making an indecent photograph/pseudo-photograph of a child. He was sentenced to 40 months in prison.
A thug ex-Nuneaton Boro player threatened to put a firefighter mum ‘to sleep’ in violent attack. Shaquille McDonald, who played for the Boro during the Kevin Wilson era, left his victim so fearful for her life that she leaped off her top floor balcony to escape him.
Victim Amy Beckley bravely spoke to BirminghamLive about the domestic violence she suffered at the hands of McDonald. She had only started dating him just six weeks before the horrendous attack in Birmingham in March.
The footballer was jailed for two years and eight months at Birmingham Crown Court for assault occasioning actual bodily harm and non-fatal strangulation. However, he will be out of jail sooner having served seven-and-a-half months already on remand.
A man raped a woman he sneakily followed into her home after giving her a lift from a night out. Rory Glover’s vulnerable victim had no idea he had followed her into her property until he began to assault her on July 23.
Appearing in court for sentencing on October 12, Glover, of Tryan Road, Nuneaton, was jailed for six years for rape and three years for the sexual assault, to be served concurrently. The 26-year-old was also placed on the sex offenders register for life and given a restraining order preventing contact with the victim.
Detective Constable McCauley, from Warwickshire Police’s Domestic Abuse, Rape, and Serious Sexual Offences Team (DART), said: “Glover has been given six years to seriously consider what he has done, to really come to terms with the fundamental selfishness of his actions. We hope that he might come close to understanding the lasting impact to the victim, and the victim’s family and friends.”
Rugby drugs gang
A drugs gang in Rugby which tried to escape from police via rooftops has been jailed. The gang of seven received sentences from 25 to 33 months after a cannabis factory was discovered in a former bank on North Street earlier this year.
The four floors of the North Street building had been transformed for growing cannabis, with more than 1,100 plants at various stages of maturity and bypassed electrics. The plants had an estimated street value of £2.8 million.
The men convicted were:
Arsen Sejdia, 31, of Peyto Close, Coventry, jailed for 25 months
- Ismail Deda, 30, of no fixed abode, jailed for 32 months
- Aleks Frroku, 22, of no fixed abode, jailed for 31 months
- Benard Leshi, 23, of Newton St Cyres, Devon, jailed for 33 months
- Arlind Nezaj, 20, of no fixed abode, jailed for 33 months
- Esmir Selmani, 28, of no fixed abode jailed for 32 months
- Serian Vata, 26, of no fixed abode jailed for 26 months
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