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Jailed in Norfolk in August: Former PE teacher, fraudster and paedophile

PUBLISHED: 11:24 05 September 2017 | UPDATED: 12:52 05 September 2017

Glyn Jones (left), Ryan Bowles (middle) and Gary Izatt (right) were just some of the criminals jailed in Norfolk courts in August. Picture Norfolk police.

Glyn Jones (left), Ryan Bowles (middle) and Gary Izatt (right) were just some of the criminals jailed in Norfolk courts in August. Picture Norfolk police.

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Here is our monthly look back at some of the criminals jailed in Norfolk courts in August.

Norwich Crown Court. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Norwich Crown Court. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

• A violent blackmailer who tried to extort cash from a vulnerable victim, who was threatened that his toe would be cut off, was given an extended 12 year sentence.

Leon Henry, 28, of Geoffrey Watling Way, Norwich, was convicted of two charges of blackmail, two charges of unlawful wounding, robbery and assault by beating. Henry had denied all offences. He will serve eight years of his sentence in jail.

Leon Henry was jailed for eight years for blackmail, unlawful wounding, robbery and assault by beating. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary Leon Henry was jailed for eight years for blackmail, unlawful wounding, robbery and assault by beating. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary

• A serial sex offender described as “pure evil” who carried out a “campaign” of abuse involving five children was jailed for life.

Leonard Gabbitas, 51, formerly of Bungay Road, Scole, near Diss, admitted a string of sex offences, including rape involving four girls and one boy dating back to the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Leonard Gabbitas. Photo: Norfolk Constabulary. Leonard Gabbitas. Photo: Norfolk Constabulary.

• A asylum seeker who escaped persecution in Iran for being gay was jailed after slashing his elderly former partner in the face with broken glass in a “horrific” attack.

Hemin Sharif, 29, of Vine Street, Gateshead, was jailed for five years and six months after admitting inflicting grievous bodily harm, and four months to run consecutively for stalking.

Hemin Sharif was jailed for five years and 10 months. Picture: Norfolk Police Hemin Sharif was jailed for five years and 10 months. Picture: Norfolk Police

• A former Norfolk PE teacher has been jailed after being exposed as a “clandestine sex offender” who abused pupils.

Glyn Jones taught at two high schools in the county before he moved to Australia, but was brought back to England for a trial at Norwich Crown Court. The 57-year-old, whose given address was in Upper Coomeera, a suburb on the Gold Coast of Australia in Queensland, near Brisbane, admitted seven counts of indecently assaulting girls under the age of 16, and was sentenced to five years in prison.

Glyn Jones taught at two high schools in the county before he moved to Australia, but was brought back to England for a trial at Norwich Crown Court. Photo: Police Glyn Jones taught at two high schools in the county before he moved to Australia, but was brought back to England for a trial at Norwich Crown Court. Photo: Police

• A fraudster who sent his victims cards and rocks instead of the mobile phones they paid for has been jailed for more than two years.

Ryan Bowles, of Byron Road, Great Yarmouth, carried out a string of scams using the websites Gumtree and Spareroom.com between March 2015 and May 2017. The 27-year-old pleaded guilty to 21 fraud offences, which left customers £8,870 out of pocket.

Ryan Bowles. Photo: Norfolk Police Ryan Bowles. Photo: Norfolk Police

• A robber who claimed he was armed with a gun and threatened to shoot a terrified female shop worker during a raid at a supermarket in Aylsham was handed an eight year extended sentence.

Barrie Massey, 36, of Mill Road, Aylsham, went to Tesco’s lottery and cigarette kiosk wearing a hood as a disguise, and told the 18-year-old assistant that he wanted as much money as possible from the till, Norwich Crown Court heard.

Barrie Massey was jailed for eight years for robbery. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary Barrie Massey was jailed for eight years for robbery. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary

• A “predatory and calculating” paedophile was jailed for 18 years and placed on the sex offenders’ register for life for a catalogue of sex offences against children.

Gary Izatt, 42, of Icknield Way, Thetford, admitted eight counts of rape, four counts of serious sexual assault, three counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, four counts of possession of indecent images and one sexual assault.

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