Who was jailed in Norfolk's courts this week?
- Credit: Norfolk Police
Who was jailed in Norfolk this week?
Andrew Francis, 39, was made subject of a criminal behaviour order (CBO) banning him from entering parts of Norwich, including Prince of Wales Road, where in the past he has inhaled the gas in public, once causing a fire to a shop doorway.
But Norwich Crown Court heard that the day after his release from jail, despite having hotel accommodation, he was found with a sleeping bag in Prince of Wales Road.
Andrew Oliver, prosecuting, said he was released on bail, but then three days later was found again in Prince of Wales Road, this time surrounded by cans of butane gas.
Francis, of no fixed address, admitted breaching his order on April 14 and 17 this year, and possession of a small amount of cannabis.
Jailing him for 30 months, Judge Maureen Bacon said all options had been tried in the past.
Norfolk paedophile, David Wilson of Kirstead, King's Lynn, who preyed on young boys by posing as girls has seen his prison sentence increased.
He was jailed for 25 years in February for committing 96 child sex abuse offences relating to 52 victims.
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But, following the decision at Ipswich Crown Court, the Solicitor General referred Wilson’s sentence to the Court of Appeal under the Unduly Lenient Sentence (ULS) scheme.
On Thursday (May 27), the court ruled the sentence was unduly lenient and increased it to 28 years’ imprisonment followed by eight years on licence.
The court heard how Orford armed himself with a plastic gun and held up Hart Stores and post office in Costessey, pointing the weapon at staff and demanding cash from the till.
He also pointed the gun at an 80-year-old customer, but she also refused to hand over her purse.
John Morgans, prosecuting, said Orford fled empty-handed but then 20 minutes later struck again, this time pointing the weapon at a female member of staff at Victoria Stores in Mattishall.
She also refused to hand over cash so he stole a charity box containing about £40.
Judge Katharine Moore said he was a dangerous offender and imposed an 11-year sentence made up of seven years custody and four years extended licence.
Norwich Crown Court heard that after visiting the vulnerable victim, who has mobility problems, at her home in Hunstanton Belton lied to her about needing the toilet.
While going to the toilet he entered her bedroom and took several cheques.
Belton later attempted to get £12,500 from the cheques but the fraud was thwarted by a vigilant member of bank staff.
After being arrested and interviewed Belton attempted to say the victim was “addled by alcohol” and could not be trusted.
Sentencing Belton to a total of 18 months in prison, Judge Andrew Shaw said: "This is the sort of offending that utterly appals the public, utterly appals the courts.”
He said the courts “must protect elderly people alone in their own home”.
Sean Palmer, Sebastian Smith and Becki West-Davidson
He was sentenced for a minimum term of 18 years on Monday for the killing of Ipswich man Joe Pooley.
Ipswich Crown Court heard Palmer had held the victim's head down and drowned him in the River Gipping in Suffolk.
Palmer left court during the sentencing and was sentenced in his absence.
Simon Spence, QC for Palmer, said his client had left court because he had a medical appointment he was anxious not to miss.
He said drink and drugs had been a continuous feature of Palmer’s life prior to the killing.
Sebastian Smith, of no fixed address, and Becki West-Davidson, 30, of Rope Walk, Ipswich, were also convicted of murder.