And despite the global pandemic, it’s still been a busy time for Essex Police and the county’s courts.
This month, there have been 11 different high-profile criminals jailed by the courts because of the crimes they committed.
Their crimes vary from violent attacks to horrifying child sex abuse.
Thanks to the work by the justice system, Essex residents are a little safer this month.
Here are the faces and stories of all the criminals jailed in Essex in October.
In 2015, Jake Tierney-Campbell – who was only 20-years-old at the time – launched a drunken attack on Thurrock resident Daniel Bodimeade.
Mr Bodimeade was standing outside his house on Brooke Road in Grays, Essex when an intoxicated Tierney-Campbell came over asking Mr Bodimeade for a cigarette.
What followed was a brutal attack, where Mr Bodimeade’s head was seen to bounce against concrete.
He was left with a severe brain hemorrhage, which left him needing 24-hour care in a specialist hospital.
Following this attack, Tierney-Campbell was sentenced to 14 years in prison for grievous bodily harm.
However, in February 2019, Mr Bodimeade sadly passed away as a result of his injuries, four years on from the attack.
Following a full trial, Tierney-Campbell was found guilty of murder by a jury at Chelmsford Crown Court on Friday, October 2.
He has subsequently been jailed for life, with a minimum jail term of 15 years.
Speaking after the verdict, Senior Investigating Officer DCI Stephen Jennings said: “This case has been truly heart-breaking for the Bodimeade family and all of us who have worked to secure justice for Daniel and his family.
“Daniel’s family have really lost him twice over – he was left severely brain damaged following the first attack and then, four years later he died as a result of a complication linked to his complex care.
“His family have endured two court trials but throughout this entire nightmare ordeal they have maintained their dignity.
“I would like to pay tribute to Daniel, his family and also the dedication of PC Owen Clements who has been the investigating officer throughout this whole time and has provided invaluable support to the Bodimeade family.
“There is no place in our county, or society, for violent criminals like Tierney-Campbell.
“His savage attack has wreaked devastation upon the life of Daniel and his family and it was completely needless.
“He will remain, where he belongs, behind bars for a very long time.”
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Dennis Passingham, 46-year-old of no fixed abode, was found guilty of committing a particularly brutal burglary.
He pleaded guilty to the crime at Basildon Crown Court on Tuesday, October 6, following the crime earlier this year.
At approximately 9pm on Saturday, June 6, Passingham broke into a home in Langdon Hills.
He approached the homeowner – a 60 year old woman – before grabbing her and throwing her to the floor.
After this, he dragged her to her living room and smothered her until she became unconscious.
He then tied her hands together using a dog lead.
Passingham stole £20 worth of cash, before threatening the victim until she handed over her bank card and PIN.
The victim tried to flee, but Passingham dragged her back, pinned her to the floor and bound her wrists a second time before threatening to stab the victim and gagging her.
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He eventually left the house and took £250 out of the victim’s bank account.
Officers managed to trace Passingham and arrest him, eventually charging him with robbery and fraud.
He pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to ten years in prison, with another five years on license.
Following the sentencing investigating officer Detective Constable Natalie Backhouse of Basildon CID said: “This ordeal was truly terrifying for the victim who was violently robbed by Passingham in her own home.
“Not only did he threaten her but he also bound and gagged her and dragged her back into the house when she tried to escape.
“It’s hard to imagine not only how frightened she must have been but she will also probably never truly feel the same about her own home given what happened there.
“The sentence truly reflects the severity and violence of this attack and Passingham is no longer on the streets of our county.”
Three years after his initial crime, Olawale Hassan – 33-years-old from Grays – was jailed for ten years following a brutal rape in Southend-on-Sea.
Hassan – also known as the musician Goldie 1 – was on a night out in Southend-on-Sea on February 25, 2017 when he approached a woman in her 20s.
He repeatedly asked for her number, saying he was a music producer called David.
Hassan bought the woman a drink, before following her to another nightclub.
Throughout the evening, Hassan repeatedly made advances on the women, to which she repeatedly rejected.
At the end of the evening, he offered her a lift home in his car.
But as soon as the woman got in the car, he began driving in the wrong direction along the Western Esplanade and smoking cannabis.
He pulled the car over, locked the door, and raped the woman three times including one instance of sexual assault by penetration.
Following the attack, Hassan took the victim home.
The victim promptly contacted the police, and was subsequently supported by specialist officers.
Officers used CCTV, number plate recognition and telephone data to track him down.
They also used DNA evidence, and managed to arrest him a week later on March 9 at the Seaway car park close to where the attack took place.
On October 6, he was sentenced to a total of ten years in prison at Basildon Crown Court, and banned for driving for eight years and nine months.
He was also put on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life and given an indefinite restraining order.
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Investigating officer Detective Constable Victoria De’ath said: “Firstly, I would like to thank the victim for her courage in reporting this incident.
“When I first met her, she blamed herself for getting in Hassan’s car but has now recognised just how dangerous this man is and that none of this is her fault.
“She didn’t want him to hurt anyone else and this has been her motivation for three and-a-half years – to do what she can to keep other people in her community safe.
“Throughout the trial, it became apparent just how manipulative and calculated Hassan was in this attack.
“I would encourage anyone who has survived any sexual assault to report it.
“Specialist officers, like me, will listen to you and you will be supported by our partner agencies as this woman was.
“I hope that today’s result brings some comfort to this courageous and inspirational woman who is now rebuilding her life knowing that Hassan is safely behind bars.”
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Serial robber Ky Ellis – 42, of no fixed address – was finally jailed this month following a spate of armed robberies across Essex and London.
Between December 2018 and February 2019, the 42-year-old carried out two armed robberies in Brentwood, one in Stratford and one in Canvey Island.
He was also found guilty of two thefts.
These were at a perfume shop in Southend-on-Sea and at a pub in Forest Lane in East London – as well as seven cases of shoplifting across Essex in December 2018.
Thankfully, no one was injured in any of Ellis’ robberies.
Ellis pleaded guilty to all offences on October 15 at Snaresbrook Magistrates Court.
He was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Detective Constable Stefen Rule, investigating for the Met Police, said: “Ellis is an extremely dangerous offender who has a long history of criminality and committing armed robberies.
“Thankfully, no one was injured during his spree, but the number of people affected by his actions can only be guessed at.
“Our colleagues in Essex Police worked tirelessly with us to ensure this dangerous man was caught and he will now spend a significant amount of time behind bars.”
PC Charlotte Appleton, who investigated the Canvey robbery, added: “Ky Ellis is a dangerous offender and I can only imagine how terrifying it must have been for his victims to come face to face with him threatening them with a weapon.
“He put them through a horrific ordeal and his actions left an emotional and financial impact that he paid no thought to when he set out to commit these crimes.”
34-year-old Delvin Hemmings, of Boleyn Gardens in Brentwood, ran a ketamine and cocaine drug line from his own home.
He was in charge of four other men, all of whom were dealing the drugs in Brentwood.
Hemmings was the final member of the gang to be jailed.
The sentencing follows the execution of a warrant on Hemmings’ home on Tuesday, June 2.
During the search, officers seized £5,000 in cash as well as 33 pairs of designer shoes, a Canada Goose coat, a designer backpack and an Apple MacBook Air.
These items will now all be subject to Proceeds of Crime hearing.
One of his runners, Elle Stubley, was arrested at another flat in Boleyn Gardens, where officers found cocaine with a street value of up to £1,080.
Jack Sleet, another runner, was arrested at his home in Rowhedge, Brentwood, on the same day.
Hemmings admitted being concerned in supplying cocaine and ketamine and was sentenced at Basildon Crown Court on Thursday, October 14.
He will now face two years and nine months in prison.
PC Jodie Barnes, of Brentwood CID, said: “Hemmings controlled a drugs line that supplied drugs for recreational use in the Brentwood area.
“However the law caught up with him and his associates, and they are now all in jail, or have suspended sentences that mean if they commit further offences they will be jailed.
“We’ve also seized cash and property that we believe have been earned through illegal means, and will use Proceeds of Crime legislation to ensure Hemmings does not benefit from his crimes.
“People take drugs for lots of reasons but they might not be thinking of the consequences it has not only to themselves but to others.
“Drug dealing goes hand in hand with the exploitation of children and vulnerable people, as well as violence and emotional and sexual abuse.
“Drugs are not harmless and working for drug dealers does not mean quick money and a glamorous lifestyle.
“It means living in fear of being harmed by other criminals, and in fear of being caught by police.”
Both Sleet and Stubley were sentenced on Friday, September 25.
Stubley – 22 of Boleyn Gardens – had previously admitted being concerned in supplying cocaine and ketamine, and possession of cocaine.
She was sentenced to an 18-month prison term, suspended for two years.
She was also ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work and 30 days of rehabilitation activity.
Sleet, 20 of Rowhedge, Brentwood, had previously admitted being concerned in supplying cocaine and ketamine.
He was sentenced to a nine-month prison term, suspended for two years.
He was also ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work and 30 days of rehabilitation activity.
Two other runners for Hemmings were sentenced on March 23.
Owen Kelly and Joseph Okello were arrested at Okello’s home – also in Boleyn Gardens – on November 19 last year.
Officers seized 134 wraps of cocaine and the pair were charged with possession with intent to supply cocaine
21-year-old Okello, was jailed for three years.
20-year-old Kelly – of no fixed address – was given a two year jail term suspended for two years and ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work and a rehabilitation activity.
On August, 12 2019, Sam Langley went to Southend Police Station as part of his parole conditions.
He was told by officers that there was an outstanding warrant against him, but Langley turned to walk out of the station.
Two officers approached him to make the arrest.
As one officer grabbed him to try and prevent him from leaving, Langley pushed him and punched him a number of times.
Langley then turned towards the other officer and punched him in the face causing him to fall backwards, hitting his head on the top edge of a radiator as he fell to the floor.
He continued to fight more officers, who attempted to restrain him.
Following the intervention of multiple officers, Langley was put in handcuffs and placed into a holding cell.
In this cell, Langley spat at another officer and struck them in the face leading to him having to have a spit guard placed over his head.
The officer who fell into the radiator had to be taken to hospital for his injuries, as he required stitches in his lip and staples in his head.
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Langley, 26 of Harrington Road, Southend-on-Sea, was charged with one count of grievous bodily harm and two counts of assaulting an emergency worker.
He denied the charges, but was found guilty following a trial at Basildon Crown Court on Tuesday, September 22, 2020.
At the same court on Wednesday, October 14, he was sentenced to three years in prison.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Rory Scarlett said: “Sam Langley carried out a violent attack on two officers as they tried to carry out their duties.
“He had an outstanding warrant against him but he seemed intent in not facing up to them.
“Instead he assaulted officers, leaving one of them with injuries that were serious.
“No-one goes to work expecting to be assaulted and police officers are no different.
“When this happens we will prosecute those responsible and bring them to justice.”
Between Friday, August 7 and Wednesday, August 19, Daryl Munro attempted to steal bags off of seven women in Basildon, Laindon and Pitsea.
In one instance, a 75-year-old woman was thrown to the floor and suffered cuts and bruises as Munro made off with her handbag.
On another occasion, Munro – 28-years-old of Bull Close, Vange – used his bike to knock a 78-year-old woman’s walking stick away, then stole her handbag while she was off balance.
He was also accused of pushing a 50-year-old woman to the ground, which caused her to his her head on the pavement, before stealing her handbag too.
In that instance, he went to a pawnbrokers and got £130 for the woman’s mobile phone the next day.
In total, Munro robbed four women, stole bags from two others, and attempted to steal the handbag from a seventh woman.
Following this surge in attacks, police patrols were increased throughout the affected areas.
A CCTV image was revealed by police to try and identify Munro.
Eventually, he was identified, and police arrested him a short time later.
He was also found to have broken into a home on Grapnells in Vange on March 18, 2019.
There, Munro stole credit and debit cards which he used to make purchases.
An Audi A4 was also stolen – which Munro denied stealing – but he did admit to driving while disqualified and without insurance.
All in all, Munro admitted five robberies, two frauds, two thefts, one attempted theft, burglary, driving while disqualified, breaching a suspended sentence and driving without insurance.
He was sentence to four years in prison at Basildon Crown Court on Monday, October 19.
PC Alex Franklin said: “Munro targeted women who were walking alone and used physical violence against them.
“It was calculated, callous and could easily have led to someone being seriously injured.
“He has left the victims feeling anxious and scared.
“No-one should ever feel unsafe going about their daily lives, and I hope they will feel safer now he’s in jail.
“I’d also like to thank members of the public for helping us catch Munro.
“Information from the community is always vital to help us catch criminals and continue to keep our district safe, and we really do appreciate your continued help and support.”
On Thursday, January 16, police officers in Moulsham, Chelmsford noticed a black car that they suspected of being involved in drug activity.
The vehicle had been stationary in the same place for a while, and officers suspected it of being involved in the sale of drugs.
They pursued the car, stopping it on Writtle Road.
They then searched the driver, 26 year-old Jason Habibo of Lonsdale Close, London.
During their search, they found a significant amount of cash and a number of wraps of what was later confirmed to be crack cocaine and heroin in the car.
Habibo was arrested and later charged with possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.
He initially denied the charges but later changed his plea to guilty.
At Snaresbrook Crown Court on Wednesday, October 14, Habibo was sentenced to five and-a-half years in prison.
Detective Sergeant James Pammett, from Op Raptor, said: “Drug ruin lives and cause misery to our 2communities and we work tirelessly to take drugs of our streets and put those selling them behind bars.
Jason Habibo was found with a large amount of cash and 23 wraps of Class A drugs on him but still tried to deny he was a drug dealer.
“Fortunately, due to the quality of our thorough and comprehensive investigation he had no choice but change his plea and admit the charges.
“I hope this serves as a warning to other people selling drugs across Essex that we are watching you and we will bring you to justice.”
Brian Wood – 28-year-old of Goodway Gardens, London – was arrested after a search warrant at an address in Colchester found his mobile phone.
The search was carried out in November 2019.
Officers had information that the Internet address associated with the address had been used to search for indecent images of children.
On Wood’s phone were more than 400 indecent images and videos of children.
This included images it appeared Wood had taken himself.
Wood was arrested and later charged with possession of indecent images of children, two counts of making indecent images of children, attempting to distribute an inducement images, voyeurism, and sexual activity with a child.
He pleaded guilty, and on Friday, October 23 he was sentenced to five years and four months in prison at Ipswich Crown Court.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Mark Peacock, from the Colchester Child Abuse Investigation Team, said: “Brian Wood is a dangerous sexual predator who poses a very real risk to children.
“He even had the audacity to claim during interview to be a paedophile hunter himself and wanted to expose the people who exploited and abused young children.
“His offending was discovered by some excellent work conducted by the POLIT where his true motives were uncovered.
“This conviction is the result of some excellent work between some of our different teams and emphasises we will catch and bring those to justice who exploit young vulnerable children in the community.”
Back in March, a serious crash at the junction between Northern Relief Road and North Street in Barking, Greater London resulted in three people suffering serious injuries.
The accident happened in the early hours of Friday, March 6.
One car, driven by 25-year-old Klaidas Keblas, collided head on with another.
Keblas was over the limit, and was driving on the wrong side of the road at the time.
Following the crash, Keblas fled the area, leaving his mobile phone at the scene.
Police tried to find him at his address, but couldn’t.
Upon further investigation into his mobile phone, it turned out that Keblas had booked plane tickets to his native Lithuania to depart later the same day.
Police arrested Keblas at London Luton Airport, and subsequently charged him on a number of counts.
However, Keblas pleaded not guilty, resulting in a full trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court.
The jury found him guilty of two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
He also pleaded guilty to further charges of failing to stop at the scene of the collision and failing to report the collision.
On Monday, October 19, he was sentenced to four years and eight months in prison.
Detective Sergeant Edward Coleman, of the Met’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit based at Chadwell Heath, said: “The not guilty plea entered by Keblas meant that all three victims were put through a criminal trial – this truly did add insult to very serious injury.
“At the time of the collision, Keblas was driving on the wrong side of the road, and although all three victims survived their injuries, two of them continue to have treatment and are still recovering more than seven months on.
“As the victims reconcile themselves to living with the after effects of their injuries, Keblas’s cowardly actions in leaving them lying injured are something he will have time to reflect on as he serves his sentence.”
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Mark Jozunas, 48-years-old from Wimbish, was the culprit of one of Essex’s most gruesome crimes this year.
On March 1, 2020, police were called to his address following concerns for his mother Valerie’s safety
Sadly, the 49-year-old stabbed his own mother to death in their home in Wimbish, near Saffron Walden.
The 78-year-old victim was declared dead at the scene, and a post-mortem examination later confirmed her death was as a result of blood loss from the wounds.
Jozunas was later with charged with her murder, and on September 8 he was found guilty by a jury at Chelmsford Crown Court.
On Friday, October 30, he was sentenced to life in prison.
He must serve at least 20 years behind bars.
Senior investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Stephen Jennings said: “This was a tragic event in which Jozunas brutally took his mothers life and then attempted to lie about it.
“I am pleased that justice has been served for Valerie, and hope this sentence will provide some solace for the family.”
On the day Mark was found guilty, the rest of Valerie’s family said: “We would like to pay tribute to our mother Valerie who was taken away from us by an act of violence.
“Her son, our brother has been found guilty of her murder and will be sentenced at a later date.
“We have not only lost our mother, but our brother too.
“Life will never be the same, but we hope our brother will receive the help he needs for his ongoing mental health issues.
“There are no winners in this situation but as a family we respectfully remember our dear mum and hope we can all find peace in the future.”