A “ruthlessly efficient terrorist” who stabbed three people; a pervert who abducted and raped a child; and a prison officer who had an affair with a convicted double murderer.
These are just a few of the notorious criminals who were beaten up in the UK this month.
Other offenders incarcerated in January include the serial killer-obsessed cannabis addict who stabbed two lonely elderly women in alley attacks; The former police sergeant who raped a woman on his lunch break and one of the UK’s most wanted men who escaped capture for 13 years.
Here are some of the biggest lawsuits set to close across the country this month.
The “ruthlessly efficient” terrorist stabbed three people and injured three more in less than a minute in a Reading Park.
Saadallah, 26, shouted “Allahu Akhbar” during the violent rampage on June 20 last year.
The defendant from Basingstoke Road, Reading, pleaded guilty to three murders and three attempted murders this month and received a life sentence.
Prosecutor Alison Morgan QC said Saadallah, originally from Tripoli, Libya, aimed to kill as many people as possible in the name of violent jihad.
He started the attacks at Forbury Gardens, Reading when numerous people, including the victims, were enjoying the summer evening as the first lockdown restrictions in England were relaxed.
History teacher James Furlong, 36, scientist David Wails, 49, and US citizen Joseph Ritchie-Bennett, 39, were fatally stabbed.
Prosecutor Alison Morgan QC told the Old Bailey: “The defendant has been ruthlessly efficient in his actions. The prosecutor’s case is that the defendant’s attack was carefully planned and carried out with determination and precision.
“The defendant believed that in carrying out this attack he was pursuing his extreme ideology, an ideology that he has apparently been promoting for some time.
“He believed that that day he killed as many people as possible and performed an act of religious jihad.”
The pervert was jailed for nine years after kidnapping and raping a three-year-old girl while visiting a country park with her family.
Medway grabbed the boy when her parents briefly lost sight of her.
The 62-year-old from Freshwater, Isle of Wight, was detained after locals saw him near toilets prior to the attack.
He admitted he raped only when the girl’s DNA was found on his clothes.
The girl’s mother, who cannot be named, told the Isle of Wight Combined Court: “Because of this man’s actions in the few seconds she was out of sight, we feel overwhelming guilt that we have been unable to protect.
“This will be with us for the rest of our lives.”
The cannabis addict, obsessed with knife wounds and serial killings, was imprisoned for life after stabbing two lonely elderly women in alley attacks.
Jayden Hayes attempted to kill one of his victims just 90 minutes after being released by judges following other alleged crimes.
The court was given “misleading” information, it said.
After being released on bail, the 24-year-old picked up his bike, along with a wooden-handled steak knife, from a friend’s in Oldham and was then put on video surveillance to find a lonely woman.
He first struck on November 1, 2019, when he stabbed a 61-year-old Joy Clarke nine times as she was returning home from a chip shop in Oldham.
She was stabbed in the head, face and chest and taken to the hospital with severe injuries, but miraculously survived. Manchester evening news Reports.
Rob Hall, the prosecutor, said Hayes hit Ms. Clarke on the right side of her head, above her ear, with such force that the blow knocked off her glasses and knocked out her teeth, but luckily she landed on a trash can rather than that Ground.
His second victim was a 71-year-old woman he attacked in an alley – she cut her throat and left her for dead.
On both occasions, Hayes was seen searching the area for victims.
Hayes, who suffered from drug-induced psychosis, is said to have an “unhealthy interest in stab wounds”.
The prison officer was arrested after an affair with a convicted double murderer.
Lauren McIntyre, 32, had a sexual relationship with a man who served in life because of the brutal murders of his former girlfriend and young daughter.
Her argument with Andrew Roberts, who was incarcerated in 2003, took place in 2018 while he was in a prison on the Isle of Wight.
McIntyre also gave Roberts the personal cell phone number of another prison officer who knew he intended to attack her colleague.
She was unable to raise the alarm because of the attack and the officer suffered significant head injuries in the attack.
The mother of three, McIntyre, of St. John’s Wood Road in Ryde, Isle of Wight, pleaded guilty to four charges of misconduct in public office and was sentenced to three years in prison.
Sondhi was jailed after hacking into the Snapchat accounts of more than 500 girls and women and blackmailing them into sending him intimate pictures.
The 27-year-old threatened his victims, telling them if they stopped sending him more nude pictures of themselves, he would share the existing intimate pictures he had accessed to their friends and family in their phone contacts.
Some of the young women complied, and he carried out his threats on at least six occasions.
The Essex man targeted 574 victims from around the world – including the UK, Australia, Hong Kong, Romania and beyond.
One of his victims tried to kill himself, others have still not been tracked, according to police.
Sondhi admitted 65 crimes including hacking, extortion and voyeurism against victims between the ages of 16 and 25. The offenses took place between 2015 and 2020.
He was sentenced to 11 years in prison, a five-year warrant for the prevention of serious crimes, and entered on the Sex Offender Register for 10 years.
Detectives described Sondhi as “an extremely manipulative man who inflicted emotional and psychological damage on young women while pleasing their pictures and videos”.
The former police sergeant was jailed for 11 years after raping a woman while on a lunch break at work.
Derek Seekings, 66, was convicted after being convicted of two rapes. He attacked the same woman between 1994 and 2000.
The ex-policeman, who served with the Surrey Police Department until 2005, inflicted “severe psychological damage” on his victim, according to a court.
In a statement read at Lewes Crown Court, the woman described the effects of the attacks on her.
She said, “I’m nervous about phone numbers I don’t know or when someone unexpectedly comes to the door.”
She said the trial was “harrowing”.
Prosecutor Jennifer Gray said: “One clearly aggravating factor was the fact that the defendant was a police officer in office at the time and the first count was taken while the defendant was on duty.
“She made it very clear to him that she didn’t want to have sex with him, he went on anyway and he raped her.”
O’Neill – one of Britain’s most wanted men – is finally behind bars after having managed to evade capture for 13 years.
Nicknamed “The Running Man” for his ability to escape, the bat had been on the run since 2007.
Police were hunting the racket after it viciously attacked a 67-year-old antique dealer in a terrible robbery in Seagrave, Leics.
During the crime, O’Neill knocked on the victim’s front door pretending to be a pizza delivery boy before pushing him over and slapping him in the face.
After his arrest, O’Neill attended the first day of his trial in Leicester Crown Court in July 2008 but did not appear for the remainder of the case.
Although he was sentenced to eight years in prison in December 2008 in his absence, he has not yet served a prison term.
But the fugitive has now been brought to justice after being arrested by award-winning TV cop PC James Gill of the Nottinghamshire Police.
The officer was commended in 2019 for his commitment to catching wanted criminals – including in his spare time – and “made it his business” to find O’Neill.
PC Gill put hours of work, including extended hours in his spare time, following every thread of intelligence on the case.
The officers made the arrest in the early hours of Friday morning (22/1) and eventually brought an O’Neill back into custody.
He has now been taken straight to jail to begin his eight-year sentence and will appear before Leicester Crown Court where the sentence could be extended.
The killer Appleton beat his wife and a 76-year-old woman to death with their own walking stick and was imprisoned for life this month.
Appleton, 38, was convicted of double homicides in December after committing the wild murders in 2019.
A jury heard how Appleton was implicated in a psychotic episode after likely taking a strong synthetic LSD.
The auto mechanic beat retiree Sandy Seagrave to death with her walking stick after she entered to prevent him from beating his wife Amy in the driveway of their house.
Then he went back to his half-naked wife who was hiding behind a car and used the metal bar to kill her outside their home in Crawley Down, West Sussex.
Amy’s mother, Linda Remon, said today that her family’s world was “disastrously turned upside down” by the murder.
Appleton could be heard shouting “I could murder you” before the murders, before scolding him for being God.
The killer told a jury that his memory of the wild murders was like fast-forwarding a videotape.
He admitted killing his 32-year-old school teacher and the defenseless 4’9 “pensioner outside his house before attempting to commit suicide.
But he survived his suicide attempt and the police found him naked in a pool of blood in the family kitchen.
Mason beat a 15-year-old boy to death with a wrench to keep their relationship from being revealed.
He was sentenced to a life sentence of at least 28 years.
The 20-year-old had paid Alex Rodda, who lived in Pickmere, near Knutsford, over £ 2,000 over a three week period to keep his secret from getting out.
Then, on December 12, 2019, Mason picked Alex up from outside his home and drove him to a remote wooded area outside of Ashley near Altrincham.
He then beat the popular student to death with a large metal key, which the court described as a “violent, repetitive attack with a blunt weapon”.
Mason was sentenced to a minimum of 28 years’ life imprisonment at Chester Crown Court this month.
Following the conviction, Adam Rodda, Alex’s father, said he “fought” not to commit suicide after his son died.
During the hearing, Lisa Rodda, Alex’s mother, said: “Anyone who has had a child can only see the joy they experience when they have their own child.”
“It is unconditional love. You will become the greatest treasure in your life.
“When you lose your child in the most terrible and brutal of circumstances, you as a parent are truly living in hell.”
Osei was sentenced to life imprisonment for poisoning a dancer with a drug called “Devil’s Breath” after locking him in using a fake dating app profile.
Joel Osei and his girlfriend Diana Cristea used profiles on Grindr to befriend men, to stun and rob them.
Osei, 25, and Cristea, 18, were both arrested on suspicion of murder after Adrian Murphy was found dead in a 17th-floor apartment in Battersea, south-west London, on June 4, 2019.
Croydon Crown Court heard that a few days earlier paramedics had taken care of another man who could not be identified for legal reasons and who had also been drugged and robbed by Osei.
The couple then used the man’s data to unsuccessfully purchase $ 80,000 (£ 62,000) of diamonds from a New York jeweler.
Mr Murphy is believed to have died sometime between meeting Osei on June 1st and his best friend and former partner’s discovery of his body on June 4th.
His phone was thrown in the toilet while a can of Coca-Cola contained traces of scopolamine and Osei’s fingerprints were discovered on a bottle of whiskey that was left on the scene.
Toxicological tests showed that the concentration of scopolamine in Mr. Murphy’s body was many times higher than that obtained from a fatal overdose.
In October the jury had already issued a majority judgment for both defendants on both points.
Osei admitted manslaughter but was convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment of at least 32 years.