The prolific offender, the car jacker, the drug dealer: Gloucestershire criminals jailed in May

A rioter who set fire to a police van, a man who raped a child and another man who shook a baby so hard he suffered lifelong brain damage are some of the criminals who have been imprisoned in May.

Last month, criminals were brought before the judge for some of the worst crimes imaginable. Last month, felons in the county were jailed for crimes ranging from a series of burglaries to a woman classified as a “prolific offender.”

These offenses gave the judge no choice but to put them behind bars upon sentencing.

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David Smith was described in court as a man ‘who would benefit from professional support’

A 37 year old man Cotswolds The man was jailed for six years for committing 13 sex offenses including distributing child pornography and secretly filming a girl having sex with her boyfriend. Gloucester Crown Court was told yesterday (5 May) that last September Gloucestershire Police discovered indecent videos of a child being uploaded to an address in a village. near Tewkesbury where David Smith then lived.

Arriving at the property, they arrested Smith. A review of Smith’s digital devices showed he participated in a social media conversation between September 8 and September 11, 2021, in which he sent 10 illegal Category A videos of children and an image of category C of a child using the Telegram messaging service.

A closer look at his digital devices revealed that between June 17 and July 27, 2018, on four separate occasions he had captured videos of a teenage girl in various states of undress. In a video, the girl was captured stripping naked with two of her friends, in which the girl’s breasts and their private parts were clearly visible.



Sam Broder of The Crapen, Dursley, admitted to stealing his car from a woman at knifepoint in November 2021.
Sam Broder of The Crapen, Dursley, admitted to stealing his car from a woman at knifepoint in November 2021.

A woman ‘thought she was going to die’ when she was held at knifepoint in a Gloucester Tesco car park and stole his car. The man who robbed her is now behind bars but his actions have left him with “long-term stress and psychological damage”.

Sam Broder had fired his lawyers ahead of his sentencing hearing held earlier this week (Monday May 9) at Gloucester Crown Court where he admitted steal Christine Burton in a Hyundai Coupe in Mead Road, Abbeymead November 5, 2021.



Matthew Jones, 26, of Overton Road, Cheltenham, and Eric Pearce, 25, of Pates Avenue, also Cheltenham, will serve a total of 15 years between them for their crimes.
Matthew Jones, 26, of Overton Road, Cheltenham, and Eric Pearce, 25, of Pates Avenue, also Cheltenham, will serve a total of 15 years between them for their crimes.

Two men who carried out a three-month series of crimes through Gloucestershire theft of luxury cars and jewelry, and who were involved in ram raids on two businesses, are now behind bars.

Matthew Jones and Eric Pearce executed ten raids on people’s homes last year stole £340,000 of high-end cars, along with valuable jewellery, and were implicated in a ram attacks a store and a cafe within hours of each other . These two ram raids caused damage costing £120,000 to repair.

Many stolen BMW, Audi and VW cars have been resold in the West Midlands, but some have still not been recovered. At one point, the dastardly duo filmed themselves showing how happy they were with their criminal enterprise.

Now Jones, 26, of Overton Road, Cheltenham and Pearce, 25, of Pates Avenue, also in Cheltenham, will serve a total of 15 years between them for their crimes.

A man who assaulted an ‘official’ and caused £1,500 damage to a fish and chip shop has been jailed for 16 weeks. John Maher, 39, of Whaddon Road, Cheltenham, pleaded guilty to the Court of magistrates Monday of this week for assaulting Jeffrey Baker by beating him last Saturday (May 14).

He also admitted to destroying security shutters worth £1,500 at Simpson’s fish and chip shop in Priors Road, Cheltenham on the same date. The offenses were committed in violation of an eight-week suspended prison sentence imposed on him by the magistrates on January 31 for an offense of assault a policeman at Cheltenham last November.

Magistrates jailed Maher for eight weeks for the assault on Mr Baker. They applied the eight-week suspended sentence consecutively, for a total of 16 weeks.



Richard Passway, 77, from Swindon will spend the rest of his life behind bars
Richard Passway, 77, from Swindon will spend the rest of his life behind bars

A pensioner who was sentenced following a guilty verdict on a number of historic sex offenses will never be released. Richard Passway, 77, of Swindon will spend the rest of his life behind bars following offenses in three counties.

He was sentenced to 29 years today (20 May) at Oxford Crown Court, following a tip-off by Gloucestershire Police at Thames Valley Police. The offenses occurred between 1975 and 1990 at Letcombe Bassett and Faringdon in Oxfordshire, Fairford in Gloucestershire and Swindon in Wiltshire.

At previous trials on May 25, 2021 and April 7, 2022, Passway was found guilty of 14 counts of molestation six counts of rape and two counts of indecency with a child.



Mickel Kruythoff faces three years and six months behind bars
Mickel Kruythoff faces three years and six months behind bars

A 25-year-old man who ran a drug trafficking business in Gloucestershire was found with £1,190 worth of heroin and cocaine hidden in his bum, a court heard. Mickel Kruythoff was arrested in 2019 as a passenger in a car driven by a relative from London to Cheltenham .

He was prosecuted at Gloucester Crown Court last Friday (May 20). Virginia Cornwall, prosecuting, said Kruythoff had recruited a ‘runner’ to deliver drugs for £650 a week and had ‘hello’ a flat in Cheltenham from which to run the operation called ‘Mikey Line’.



Matthew ONeill, of Patchway, South Gloucestershire, admitted charges of rioting and arson at an earlier hearing on what would have been the first day of his trial.
Matthew ONeill, of Patchway, South Gloucestershire, admitted charges of rioting and arson at an earlier hearing on what would have been the first day of his trial.

A 31-year-old man who set fire to a police van during the Bristol riots and used an officer’s shield to fan the flames has been jailed for five years.

Matthew O’Neill admitted the riot and arson charges at an earlier hearing on what would have been the first day of his trial. Footage from March 2021 showed O’Neill using lit objects to set a police vehicle on fire.

O’Neill, of Patchway, South Gloucestershire , used a police shield to fan the flames and wielded a chair to smash the front window of an already burning police van. He also used a police shield and baton to attack officers, as well as damaging the front of Bridewell Police Station.



Philippe Levins
Philippe Levins

A man from the Forest of Dean shook a month-old baby so hard the infant suffered lifelong brain damage, a court heard. Philip Levins, of St. Mary’s Square, lydney was imprisoned for 33 months.

Gloucester Crown Court heard yesterday (23 May) that the child will be disabled for the rest of his life as a result of the injury. Judge Michael Cullum said after reading a pre-sentence report on Levins, 30, he concluded he still had not fully accepted what he had done.

The judge said: ‘It is difficult to assess the level of force used. The defendant now admits he lost control of himself when he briefly shook the baby. This led to the baby suffering very serious consequences, resulting in brain damage.



Sydney Beach, 25, formerly of Worcester Street, Gloucester and Belle Vue Road, Cinderford, has admitted stealing and breaching a criminal behavior order barring him from entering shops in the city.
Sydney Beach, 25, formerly of Worcester Street, Gloucester and Belle Vue Road, Cinderford, has admitted stealing and breaching a criminal behavior order barring him from entering shops in the city.

‘Prolific’ shoplifter who flouted a ban on her entering stores across Gloucestershire is behind bars tonight after continuing another criminality Party. Sydney Beach stole electronics and clothing totaling hundreds of pounds in its last run.

Now 25, formerly of Worcester Street, Gloucester and Belle Vue Road, Cinderella , refused to accept the rules imposed by law last year. A criminal behavior order imposed by magistrates in Cheltenham in April last year banned Beach from entering stores in Gloucester and the Original Factory Shop in Cinderford.

Prosecutor Susan Cavender described Beach as a “prolific shoplifter” during a court hearing in Gloucester Crown Court yesterday (May 31).

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