It has been another busy month for the courts in Surrey. Criminals including murderers, fraudsters and robbers have been sent to prison over the course of December 2022.
In one case, a ‘prolific’ fraudster and burglar took advantage of elderly and vulnerable people. Police began investigating Zac Mitchell in 2021 following a series of home burglary reports and he was eventually arrested earlier this year in August.
Elsewhere, a 17-year-old was stabbed to death during a house party in Camberley. Kyle Wright was murdered by Jonathan Cox, 18, after the latter had cycled to the scene of the party in Green Hill Road.
Below is a list of the most notable criminals jailed in December. For each one, a summary and photo (where available) of the convicted is provided as well as a link to read the full story for every individual case.
‘Cowardly’ rogue builder duped elderly and vulnerable
An Addlestone conman who targeted elderly and vulnerable people was jailed after reports of domestic burglaries were made to the police. Zac Mitchell, 27, was described as “despicable and cowardly” by Judge Francesca Del Mese and received five years and three months in prison after admitting four counts of residential burglary, three counts of fraud and two money laundering offences.
She added: “You are an established career criminal” who, “rather than go out and earn an honest living chose to take shortcuts.” Mitchell was also issued with a 10-year Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) banning him from cold calling at any address and offering the occupant or owner building work Read the full story here.
Robber used fake gun to hold up Post Office
A 33-year-old man robbed a Post Office in Hersham using a fake gun. Luke Watson calmly walked into the shop brandishing a black imitation firearm on July 4 and left with more than £1,300.
He threatened to shoot the cashier if they did not hand over the money. Watson, of Queens Road in Hersham, was arrested two days later and three mobile phones, two sim cards, a small amount of cocaine and the jacket were recovered, the majority of the stolen cash.
Investigating Officer DC Pritchard said: “This was an incredibly distressing incident for the victim and witnesses. Watson had no regard for the safety of others and used an imitation firearm to steal money that was not his to take.” Read the full story here.
Teen murdered ‘sweet, gentle son’, 17, at party
A 17-year-old was stabbed to death at a house party in Camberley on May 27. Kyle Wright was attacked by Jonathan Cox, 18, after confronting the victim and his friends who were standing in the road outside the party.
Cox fatally stabbed Kyle – described by his family as ““beloved, sweet, gentle son,” – in the chest and he was pronounced dead shortly afterwards, despite the paramedics’ best efforts to save him. Detective Chief Inspector Simon Dunn, from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, said the motive appears to have stemmed from a “minor feud between separate groups of young people from neighbouring towns.”
Cox was found guilty of murder after a 14-day trail in which the jury returned a unanimous verdict. Read the full story here.
‘Dangerous’ driver rammed into police car
A driver was stopped by police in Staines after they believed that he was ‘acting suspiciously’. However, instead of complying Mark Nye, 36, rammed into the patrol car and tried to flee the scene on April 16.
Nye abandoned his car and tried to get into another vehicle but was stopped by the officers, who after a search found small bags of cocaine. The officer inside the car at the time received a hand injury and police claim that he no suffers from chronic pain.
The police said Nye, of Brookside Avenue in Middlesex, was also in breach of the coronavirus restrictions as well as in possession of an imitation firearm. He was sentenced to 12 months in prison after admitting to dangerous driving, possession of imitation firearm in a public place. and possession of class A drugs. Read the full story here.
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