Jailed in Norfolk in September: Drug dealers, rapist, and a man who murdered his neighbour
PUBLISHED: 13:59 04 October 2018 | UPDATED: 15:53 04 October 2018
Here is our monthly look back at some of the criminals who were jailed in Norfolk courts in September.
• Frank Benet
Benet, 36, of no fixed address was sentenced to five years and four months at King’s Lynn Crown Court last month after pleading guilty to 25 burglaries across Norfolk and Suffolk. After being charged with four counts of burglary, Benet worked with officers from Suffolk Constabulary’s Operation Converter, an initiative encouraging offenders to own up to previous crimes, where he admitted to another 21 burglaries.
• Danny Williams
Williams, 27, of Godric place, murdered a neighbour in his Norwich flat after she complained about loud music. In a victim impact statement read out at the sentencing hearing by prosecutor Andrew Thompson, Ms Ali’s sister said the whole thing had been a horrific experience and said the injuries inflicted on her sister were so severe she could not at first even recognise the body. Williams was sentenced to a minimum of 24 years in prison.
• Gary Franks
Franks, 31, appeared at Norwich Crown Court last month charged with burglary, assaulting a police officer, theft of a vehicle, and dangerous driving. Franks represented himself after Neil Guest, mitigating, informed the court his client was seeking new representation, following a break in proceedings. He received a sentence of three years and eight months.
• James newton
Newton, 27, of no fixed address, appeared at Norwich Crown Court last month charged with supplying class A drugs. He dealt the substance to an officer with the code name Tommo, during Operation Granary, a Norfolk police operation targeting county lines networks bringing heroin and crack cocaine in to the region. He was sentenced for 30 months.
• Nathaniel Douglas
Douglas, 20, was one of scores of people arrested as part of Norfolk Police’s Operation Granary, which is targeting county lines networks dealing heroin and crack cocaine. He appeared at Norwich Crown Court last month and was sentence to two years.
• Eddie Stannard
Stannard, 39, was also arrested as part of Operation Granary. Stannard, whose brother Steve was stabbed to death in November 2016, was caught dealing heroin to an undercover officer on two occasions. He was sentenced to three years.
• Richard Law, Ben Matthews, Mark Wheatland, Rufin Mwamba Kongolo, Michael Katnidi, Manley Vidal and Neil Brewster
Seven men were jailed last month for dealing Class A drugs in Norwich. They were caught in an undercover police sting and jailed for a combined total of 27 years.
Bailey, 21, was convicted unanimously by a jury at Norwich Crown Court in March of possessing a semi-automatic pistol, two counts of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, and possessing a firearm and ammunition when prohibited following a prison sentence. He was jailed for eight years last month.
• Gary Carver
Carver, 46, started dealing on behalf of the ‘Scouse Macca’ drug line in order to pay his debts or get free drugs, Norwich Crown Court heard. He was sentenced last month to 30 months in prison for selling heroin to an undercover police officer.
• Ali Kahn
Kahn, 26, was found with 18 wraps of heroin, 35 wraps of cocaine and £709 in cash when he was arrested by police on April 17 this year. This month he was sentenced to four years in prison at Norwich Crown Court.
• Ryan Smith
Smith, 42, carried out his 13th city robbery on July 9 and was jailed at Norwich Crown Court on last month. The criminal, who has targeted people and shops in Norwich since the 1990s, has been jailed for an extended 10 year sentence after robbing an 18 year old cashier with a water pistol.
• Kevin Gray
Gray, 53, was sentenced to 16 years in prison last month for rape and sexual assault on a child. Gray, who plied a girl with cannabis and alcohol before raping her, was told by a judge that he had stolen the victim’s teenage years and caused her severe psychological harm.
• Sonny Ball
Ball, 24, was jailed for 20 months last month after admitting to robbing five women in crime stretching back three years. Ball, of no fixed abode, was caught after his latest robbery, of a woman in his 70s on Eleanor Road in Norwich on August 1.