Courts

Suspended jail sentences after street attack

Two men involved in a street attack in which blows were “rained down” onto the victim were today (Fri) given suspended jail sentences at Lincoln Crown Court. Lee Dobney and James Ellis carried out the attack on Aaron Freemantle after their victim had earlier been asked  by Ellis to “go and have a chat”. Victoria Rose, prosecuting, said that Mr Freemantle declined ...

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Spalding drinker jailed for unprovoked attack with pint glass in pub

A drinker who hit another man over the head with a beer glass in an unprovoked attack in a pub has been jailed for 12 months. Carl Robertson downed his pint and put his glass on the bar at the Hole in the Wall in Spalding but seconds later picked up the glass and used it to attack Graham Drury. Phil Howes, ...

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Fraudster who used her dead child’s identity to claim £16,000 in benefits could be jailed

A woman who used the identity of a dead child to falsely claim benefits has been warned she faces a possible jail sentence. Lincoln Crown Court heard Maria Pridmore (36) falsely claimed over £16,000 in housing benefit, council tax and income support after failing to notify the authorities of changes in her circumstances. Chris Geeson, prosecuting, told the court Pridmore ...

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Spalding double murder court hearing: Accused girl (15) and boy (14) remanded in custody

A girl and boy accused of murdering a Spalding school dinner lady and her 13-year-old daughter appeared at Lincoln Crown Court on Friday (July 15). The 15-year old girl and 14-year-old boy are jointly accused of murdering Elizabeth Edwards (49) and her youngest daughter Katie Edwards, whose bodies were discovered at their semi-detached home in Dawson Avenue in April. No ...

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‘After 40 years of fear, I can finally look forward’

A man who has spent the last 40 years living in a world of fear after suffering sexual abuse as a child says he can finally look forward now his attacker is behind bars. From the age of ten until he was 17, Stuart Brown (49) was the victim of more than 100 assaults at the hand of former Lincolnshire ...

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20-year sentence for child sex abuser John Edward Bates

Child sex abuser John Edward Bates was handed a 20-year jail sentence on Friday.(May 20)  The former Lincolnshire police officer and Spalding scout leader was convicted on Thursday of 16 charges of indecent assault and two charges of indecency with a child, dating back to the 1970s and 1980s. Judge Simon Hirst told Bates: “You were entrusted with the welfare of these complainants ...

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NSPCC: Bates verdict should send out message to other child abusers

A national child welfare charity has urged victims of child abuse to come forward following the conviction of a former police officer and Spalding scout leader. The National Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Children says it hopes the guilty verdict for John Edward Bates at Lincoln Crown Court on Thursday (May 19) sends out a clear message to other ...

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Ex-police officer and scout leader guilty of historic sexual assaults on boys

A former Lincolnshire Police officer is facing a lengthy jail sentence after being convicted of a series of historic sexual assaults on four young boys. John Edward Bates, who met his victims through his role as a scout leader at Wittering and Spalding during the 1970s and 1980s, was found guilty by the jury at Lincoln Crown Court of 16 charges ...

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Child sex abuse trial: Accused ex-scout leader gives evidence

A former Lincolnshire police officer has today (Tuesday) denied carrying out a string sexual offences against boys. John Edward Bates denies offences against four youngsters in the 1970s and 1980s when he was a scout leader in South Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire. Bates (68), who faces a total of 22 charges, denies the matters and says the incidents never happened. The ...

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Drug dealer escapes immediate jail sentence due to being terminally ill

A drug dealer who left the country instead of turning up for a court hearing has escaped an immediate jail sentence after a court heard he is terminally ill. Campbell Weir was found to have the drug M Cat when he was stopped by police in Spalding. He had been due to appear before Lincoln Crown Court for sentence in February ...

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Businessman’s £515 bill for fly-tipping engine in residential street

A businessman who fly-tipped a car engine in a road – causing its closure until it was removed by council workers – has been ordered to pay £515. Michael Shailes, of Lincoln Lane, Holbeach St Marks, dumped the engine near the house of a man with whom he had just had a disagreement. Sally Burke, prosecuting for Boston Borough Council at Boston Magistrates’ Court on ...

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JAILED: Mum with drink problem who left 12-year-old son home alone in squalor

A mum who left her 12-year-old son home alone living in squalor has been jailed for 12 months. Social workers found appalling conditions at the property in Spalding when they arrived to find the boy inside on his own. Richard Sheldon, prosecuting, told Lincoln Crown Court on Monday that there had been no electricity in the flat for 48 hours and no ...

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Wine bar owner jailed for torching his own premises

The owner of a Crowland wine bar who set fire to his own premises has been jailed for six months. John Carr piled up wooden chairs and a wooden clothes horse inside the bar before starting the fire at the Trinity Wine Bar in West Street, Crowland. Phil Howes, prosecuting at Lincoln Crown Court, said that Carr, who had been ...

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Girl and boy (both 14) appear in court charged with Spalding murders

Two 14-year-olds accused of the murders of a school dinner lady and her 13-year-old daughter were on Monday (April 18) remanded into secure youth accommodation following a hearing at Lincoln Crown Court. The girl and boy are accused of the murders of Elizabeth Edwards (49), and her youngest daughter Katie Edwards (13), whose bodies were found on Friday at a semi-detached ...

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Spalding man jailed for sex attack

A married Spalding man, who attacked the owner of a tanning salon leaving her terrified she was about to be raped, has been jailed for 21 months. Matthew Jones turned on the woman as he was leaving the premises after a tanning session. Graham Huston, prosecuting at Lincoln Crown Court, said that Jones suddenly grabbed hold of the woman and pushed ...

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Judge locks up paedophile and tells him: ‘You’re worst case I’ve seen in 34 years’

A paedophile who carried out an horrific sex attack on a young girl has been jailed for 26 years. Judge John Pini QC sentenced John MacPherson at Lincoln Crown Court under a rarely used section of the 2003 Criminal Justice Act which means he will not be freed, as is normal,  when he has served half of his sentence and ...

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Jail for migrant who admitted burglaries

A migrant worker, who turned to burglary when he found himself unable to get a job after his passport expired, has been jailed for 30 months. Janis Sakalauskis had been working legitimately since his arrival in the UK but his lack of a valid passport meant he could not work and was not entitled to benefits. Henry Ewing, prosecuting at ...

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Suspended sentence for internet trader who defrauded customers

A internet trader defrauded customers out of hundreds of pounds after setting up an online business selling farm equipment. Lisa Lombardi, who traded as moo2ewe, took money from customers for orders but the goods were never supplied. David Outterside, prosecuting at Lincoln Crown Court on Tuesday, said that customers were left out of pocket and then had difficulty in making ...

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Jail for driver who fled from police in handcuffs

A van driver arrested on suspicion of drink driving escaped from a police car and ran off still wearing his handcuffs. Guy Mantle, who only held a provisional licence, was approached by an officer as he manoeuvred the van out of a parking space in Donington Market Place. Mark Knowles, prosecuting at Lincoln Crown Court today (Friday),  said the officer opened the ...

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Former Pinchbeck man jailed for sending naked pictures of woman to her neighbours

A former Pinchbeck man who sent naked photographs of a woman to 13 of her neighbours has been sentenced to 12 weeks’ imprisonment. Christopher David Mills (57) included the pictures in a “round-robin letter” which also made allegations about the victim’s background, Lincoln Crown Court heard on Wednesday.(March 2) A number of the woman’s neighbours on the quiet cul-de-sac in Sutterton were ...

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