Below are the 17 faces and stories behind people jailed in March for crimes linked to Kent.
From eight year prison sentences for rape to county lines drug dealers, a number of criminals with links to Kent were sentenced last month (March 2021)
The criminals have all appeared in front of the courts across the region in recent months and in a number of cases will spend years in prison.
Here is an overview of some of the most serious cases to have been concluded in March.
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Richard Matthews has been jailed for 22 months for stealing a replica of the Weasleys’ Ford Anglia car from the Harry Potter films.
Appearing at Canterbury Crown Court on Friday, March 26, 2021, Matthews, formerly of Ingoldsby Road, Folkestone, admitted the offence and was sentenced on the same day to 22 months in prison.
Jack Davis, of Pell Green, Wadhurst was sentenced to more than three years after his DNA was detected on cocaine supplies seized by police from a car in Tunbridge Wells.
The 29-year-old was jailed at Maidstone Crown Court, after phone evidence also proved he had been orchestrating a supply network to multiple users.
Police officers found 30 deal bags of cocaine in a rear footwell, as well as around £146 in cash and a small amount of cannabis.
Forensic tests later ruled out the involvement of other passengers in the car, with Davis’ DNA recovered from a sample of 10 bags sent for analysis.
He pleaded guilty at court and on Friday, March 26, 2021 was sentenced to three years and six months’ imprisonment.
Nicholas Moulder of Kensington Gardens, Haverfordwest, was jailed for two-and-a-half years for cannabis cultivation.
Following a routine stop for speeding, Kent Police officers on patrol in Folkestone stopped a Nicholas Moulder in possession of more than £5,000 in cash.
Officers from Dyfed-Powys Police later carried out a warrant at a property in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire and uncovered a cannabis cultivation.
Nicholas was jailed for two-and-a-half years at Canterbury Crown Court on Thursday, March 18, 2021.
Steven Tonks of Windmill Road, Gillingham, has been jailed after he admitted to attempting to groom a child online.
The 50-year-old appeared at Maidstone Crown Court on March, 26 2021 where he was sentenced to one year in jail.
Steven was arrested on November 21, 2020 following information that revealed he had engaged in an online conversation with a person who he believed was a 12-year-old girl.
During the conversations Tonks made sexual remarks and also sent explicit images of himself.
Floyd Winch has been jailed for one year after secretly filming women.
The 29-year-old, of Arundel Street, Maidstone used a watch with a camera in it to record the woman in 2016, before posting at least one of the videos on a pornographic website.
Winch pleaded guilty to all four charges at Thanet Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, February 3 2021 and was jailed for one year at Canterbury Crown Court on Wednesday, March 24.
On Friday 19 March 2021, Nigel Doherty, from Maidstone was sentenced to two years and six months’ imprisonment.
The 43-year-old has been sentenced after repeatedly punching and kicking a woman in the head during a violent assault in her own home.
Nigel Doherty was also responsible for a series of abusive incidents last year when he inflicted injuries to his victim with a knife.
Doherty appeared before Maidstone Crown Court, where he pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm, assault by beating, common assault, possessing a knife in a public place and wounding or inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent.
Leon Wilson of Grove Road, Maidstone has been sentenced to four years and three months in prison.
Wilson pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine and being concerned in the supply of heroin.
The prison sentence comes after detectives identified he was running a cocaine and heroin delivery network from Maidstone.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Andrew Julier, said: “This was a complex investigation that required numerous enquiries to track down the person holding the phone.
“Wilson had assumed he could remain anonymous by travelling to Thanet to deal drugs but he has found to his cost this was not the case.
“Other dealers should be left in no doubt that their time will come to receive an early morning visit from our officers.”
32-year-old Abubakar Lawal from Dartford has been sentenced to eight years and nine months in jail after being found guilty of rape.
Abubakar Lawal committed a series of offences against the victim after she attended his property on May 15, 2020.
Lawal, 32, of Darwin Avenue, denied rape, two counts of sexual assault, causing sexual activity without consent and assault occasioning actual bodily harm but was found guilty of each offence following a trial at Woolwich Crown Court.
Detective Constable Bill Anderson, Kent Police’s investigating officer for the case, said: “The victim of this case showed exceptional bravery to call for help after suffering a horrific attack at the hands of Lawal.
“Providing her with the highest standard of care has been our leading priority and specially trained officers have provided her with support throughout the process.
“I am pleased we have now secured justice for her. Lawal is exceptionally dangerous and subjected the victim to the worst kind of abuse.
“Anyone affected by any kind of sexual assault is encouraged to contact us. As this case shows, you will be listened to and we will do everything in our power to provide you with the best possible support and pursue justice.”
The 41-year-old smuggled Bulgarian antiquities worth an estimated £76,110 into the UK.
Ancient coins, pendants, brooches, statues and spearheads were among the artefacts found hidden inside a trailer full of trousers at the Port of Dover on Tuesday, October 27, 2020.
He has been jailed for two years following an investigation.
Mark Leacock has been jailed for two years and nine months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to defraud.
The 52-year-old from Croydon stole from vulnerable pensioners in Sevenoaks, after tricking them into handing over bank cards and personal details.
At least five victims, in their 70s and 80s, were scammed between October and November 2020.
Detective Constable Mark Newman of the Volume Fraud Team said: ‘Leacock was part of an organised crime group which repeatedly and callously targeted vulnerable and elderly people, to steal thousands of pounds.”
Thomas Lloyd from Maidstone who persistently stalked a woman and made unwanted contact with her over several weeks, has been sentenced to one year and 10 months in prison.
Lloyd, of Tilling Close, Maidstone was arrested on two further occasions in connection with the damage and other incidents of unwanted contact, and on October 14 he was charged with stalking and possession of a knife.
He pleaded guilty at Maidstone Crown Court and on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, Lloyd, aged 27, was sentenced to one year and ten months in prison.
Jesse Willink from Harrietsham has been jailed for two years and three months after violently assaulting a woman and threatening to set her on fire.
The 26-year-old repeatedly punched and stamped on his victim during a prolonged ordeal last year.
Officers who attended carried out a search of Willink’s Water Lane property, seized a container of petrol, as well as cable ties and ropes.
At Maidstone Crown Court, Willink later pleaded guilty to charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and threats to kill.
A drug dealer who was arrested in Maidstone in possession of a county line mobile phone has been sentenced to two years and three months in prison.
Wesley Odjoma, of Clyde Road, Croydon, Greater London, was arrested and when his home address was searched officers located electronic scales and a razor blade that had cocaine residue on them.
He was later charged with being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine and being concerned in the supply of heroin.
The 23-year-old pleaded guilty and at Maidstone Crown Court on Friday, March 12, 2021, was sentenced to three years and two months in prison.
Jason Barnes has been sentenced to four years and five months imprisonment after being found guilty of attempted robbery, two counts of possessing a knife in a public place and assault of an emergency worker.
Barnes initially approached the victim from behind, on November 30, 2020, at the end of an alleyway leading from Lynley Close in Maidstone.
The 47-year-old pointed a knife towards his chest and demanded he hand over his possessions.
The victim refused and ran away. He was pursued by Barnes who was holding a knife in each hand.
A county line drug dealer who supplied class A substances in Chatham has been jailed for three years and nine months.
30-year-old Christopher Tergunno, of Tonge Road in Sittingbourne, was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on March 9.
He admitted four drug supply offences and was sentenced.
Leon Samuel has been jailed for nine years after a knife assault.
The 46-year-old attacked two men in a property near Maidstone town centre on October 26, 2020, leaving his victims with serious injuries.
Samuel, of Albert Murray Close in Gravesend, was heard repeatedly screaming: “I will kill you” before the first victim was stabbed several times.
He pleaded guilty at Woolwich Crown Court to wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm and inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent.
A cocaine dealer from Chatham has been jailed for four years and eight months.
John Murrell, of Symons Avenue, was found in possession of 300 wraps of cocaine after being stopped in November 2020.
The 59-year-old admitted to conspiring to supply cocaine and was sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court on March 4.