A Birmingham killer mother and ex-gladiator were some of the notorious criminals jailed across the country last month.
Another man murdered his love rival and left his body in a burning car in Worcestershire while a teenage mother was imprisoned for starving her young daughter while partying in Solihull and Coventry.
A historic Erdington sex offender and gang who accidentally shot a law student in a botched drive-by shootout were other cases that closed in August.
BirminghamLive looked at some of the cases, including those in Birmingham and across the region.
- 1 Verphy Kudi
- 2 Carvel Bennett
- 3 Nicola Priest and Callum Redfern
- 4 Michael Jefferson King
- 5 Mark Chilman
- 6 David Chambers
- 7 Feroz Suleman, Zamir Raja, Anthony Ennis, Ayaz Hussain, Abubakr Satia, Uthman Satia and Kashif Manzoor
- 8 Paul Ballard
- 9 Haroldas Bugaila
- 10 Kai McDonald, Connor Gwynn-Bliss, Darrel Mortimer, Levar Jackson-Scott and Anas Osman
A teenage mother who starved her baby while partying in Coventry and Solihull has been sentenced to nine years in prison.
Verphy Kudi left her 20-month-old daughter Asiah alone in her Brighton apartment, more than 50 miles away, for six days of partying.
Asiah tragically died of flu and starvation after being left unattended in the apartment for days, prosecutors say.
When paramedics were finally called into the apartment on December 11, 2019 after Kudi’s return, they found her “incoherent, desperate and distraught” and her daughter lying on the floor.
Kudi, now 19, pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
A rapist who fathered a child with a 13-year-old victim has been sentenced to 11 years in prison after being sentenced by the daughter who was born after the attack.
Carvel Bennett, 74, of Erdington was found guilty of rape by a jury in less than two hours.
They heard that his victim was 14 years old when she gave birth to a girl who was put up for adoption in the 1970s. DNA results later proved Bennett’s father was reported to Birmingham Crown Court.
The jury heard that he raped an underage girl and the evidence for the crime was the birth of a child.
At this point there was no complaint and the victim was unwilling to report the crime. But in 2019 she changed her mind and a police investigation took place that resulted in a successful indictment.
Nicola Priest and Callum Redfern
A “callous” mother was jailed with her then-boyfriend for killing her three-year-old daughter Kaylee-Jayde Priest days after a threatening message was sent.
An autopsy after Kaylee’s death revealed a total of 68 injuries, and although most were caused at the time of death, some dated back to two months before her death.
Mr Justice Foxton QC imprisoned her mother Nicola Priest and lover Callum Redfern after a trial in Birmingham Crown Court. Both were found guilty of manslaughter, while Priest was also found guilty of the crime of child cruelty.
Redfern was sentenced to 14 years ‘imprisonment and the priest to 15 years’ imprisonment. Both had denied killing Kaylee-Jayde, who was found dead in an apartment in Stonebridge Crescent, Kingshurst, Solihull in August 2020.
Michael Jefferson King
Michael Jefferson King, 60, better known as Shadow from the ’90s television series Gladiators, was sentenced to six years and three months in prison for his role in a blackmail scheme.
A court had previously heard that the bodybuilder who played “Shadow” on the television series Gladiators would threaten a man’s kneecap with a hammer if his family did not pay a £ 1,000 ransom.
Victim Aaron Ali, 40, was allegedly detained in an apartment in Acton, west London by a gang including King last March because a friend owed them money.
Isleworth Crown Court heard the former gladiator admitted two charges of extortion.
A man who murdered his ex-lover’s new partner and tried to cover up his crime by leaving the man’s body in a burning car near Malvern was sentenced to life imprisonment.
Mark Chilman, 52, of Pencombe, Hertfordshire, was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 22 years for the murder of love rival Neil Parkinson in Worcester Crown Court.
Chilman, found guilty of murder by the same court on Aug. 12, attacked 66-year-old Mr Parkinson with an unknown object before knocking him out, putting his body in the car and setting it on fire.
The body of Mr Parkinson from Clifton upon Teme was found on Dec.
The court heard that Chilman killed the victim after discovering that the ex he was trying to reconcile with was in a relationship with Mr Parkinson.
A scammer was jailed for three and a half years for pretending to give a fake Covid-19 vaccine to a 92-year-old woman and cheat on her of 140 pounds.
David Chambers, 33, of Surbiton, said he worked for the NHS and on Aug.
He charged her £ 140 and returned five days later to ask for an additional £ 100, which she refused to pay, Kingston Crown Court was told.
He was arrested by police at a friend’s address in Surrey in January after running away after a public appeal.
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He admitted two cases of fraud and one case of battery.
Recorder Hannah Kinch described Chambers’ actions as “shameful and despicable”.
He was also given a criminal order for seven years preventing him from going public and offering any kind of labor service.
Feroz Suleman, Zamir Raja, Anthony Ennis, Ayaz Hussain, Abubakr Satia, Uthman Satia and Kashif Manzoor
Seven men have been sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of a law student after she was mistakenly shot in a botched drive-by shoot.
The boss of the tire company Feroz Suleman, 40, arranged the execution of a rival businessman in broad daylight – but the hired gunman shot and killed innocent passerby Aya Hachem, 19.
The teenager who fled violence in her native Lebanon to settle with her family in Blackburn, Lancashire, had dreamed of becoming a lawyer.
Suleman from Blackburn will serve at least 34 years. Gunman, Zamir Raja, 33, of Stretford, has been imprisoned for at least 34 years and his driver, Anthony Ennis, 31, of Partington, will serve at least 33 years in prison.
Accomplices Ayaz Hussain, 36, and Abubakr Satia, 32, both from Blackburn, were 32 and 28 years old, respectively. His brother Uthman Satia, 29, of Great Harwood, was sentenced to 28 years in prison and Kashif Manzoor, 26, of Blackburn, was sentenced to 27 years.
TV star Paul Ballard was jailed after killing two people when he crashed his car with his 12-year-old son on board.
Ballard, who was a presenter on the TV show Diggit in the 1990s, used a “significant amount” of cocaine, the Old Bailey was told.
He was driving 50 km / h in Romford when he had a seizure behind the wheel and accelerated to 104 km / h.
It caused an eight-car pile-up, killing Eileen Haskell, 64, and 48-year-old teacher Richard Trezise.
Ballard, 39, was jailed for nine years after pleading guilty to causing death from dangerous driving. He was also banned from driving for eleven and a half years.
A father murdered his young son and inflicted life-changing injuries to the infant’s twin brother after he “deliberately and violently” shook him
The 29-year-old chicken factory worker Haroldas Bugaila shook the 11-week-old baby Martina to death in March 2019.
He was convicted of murder and three aggravated assaults by a jury at Lincoln Crown Court. He was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum sentence of 23 years.
Kai McDonald, Connor Gwynn-Bliss, Darrel Mortimer, Levar Jackson-Scott and Anas Osman
Five men killed a young taekwondo star after knocking and beating him off a bicycle while he was injured on the ground.
18-year-old Amrou Greenidge was hit by a stolen car in Fulham, southwest London, in August 2019.
The teen was targeted by a team of drug dealers after they saw him as competition hurting their business on a local estate.
Kai McDonald, who admitted manslaughter, was jailed for nine years and nine months, and Connor Gwynn-Bliss, 21, was sentenced to 20 years in prison after convicted of manslaughter, arson and the perversion of the judiciary.
While Darrel Mortimer (21) was imprisoned for 17 years, Levar Jackson-Scott (18) for 12 years and six months and Anas Osman (19) for 11 years and nine months – all convicted of manslaughter.