While Surrey remains in lockdown due to coronavirus restrictions, courts continue to be active, with a number of criminals jailed during the first month of 2021.
Thanks to the tireless work of police, prosecution service and the courts, a variety of prison sentences were handed out in January 2021, including a former Surrey Police sergeant jailed for rape and a child sex offender put behind bars for historic abuse.
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Man sentenced to life in prison for Crawley Down murders
A man convicted of two counts of murder in a quiet village was sentenced to life in prison on January 25.
Sandy Seagrave, 76, and 32-year-old teacher Amy Appleton were found dead outside a semi-detached house in Crawley Down on December 22, 2019.
Amy’s husband, Daniel Appleton, 38, an engineer, of Hazel Way, Crawley Down, was sentenced to life to serve a minimum of 26-and-a-half years in prison after appearing at Lewes Crown Court.
Appleton was convicted of two counts of murder by a jury on December 29, 2020 following a six-week trial.
The trial heard how Appleton attacked his wife Amy on the driveway of their home before also inflicting fatal injuries to Sandy, when she crossed the road to intervene.
Former Surrey Police sergeant jailed for rape
A retired Surrey Police sergeant was handed an 11-year prison sentence after he was found guilty of raping a woman on two occasions.
Derek Winston Seekings, 66, of Southern Way in Farnborough, retired from the force in 2005 and was charged with the offences in July 2019.
On January 13, Judge Stephen Mooney passed sentence for one count of rape, half of which is to be served behind bars; Seekings can then be released on licence where he will be liable to recall.
Judge Mooney issued the predator with a nine-year prison sentence for the other count of rape, which will run concurrently to the first. Seekings will also be on the sex offenders register for life.
Both attacks took place between 1994 and 2000 in Surrey against a woman who cannot be named for legal reasons.
‘Predatory’ child sex offender jailed for historic abuse
A “predatory” child sex offender who abused a victim for more than six years was finally brought to justice and jailed in January.
Raymond Hollis, 79, was sentenced on January 12 to 16 years behind bars after he pleaded guilty to 12 counts of historical child sex offences dating back to the 1970s.
Guildford Crown Court heard the offences took place in Surrey, Hampshire and London.
The victim was abused between the ages of five and 11 and kept it to themselves for 45 years before finding the strength to contact the police in 2019.
Dealer jailed after £4k worth of drugs found
A 19-year-old man was jailed for two-and-a-half years after class A drugs were located during a routine vehicle stop in Woking.
Charlie Walker, of Knapsley Road, was stopped by officers on December 3 last year. Two plastic bags of white powder, four phones and a small amount of cash were located inside the vehicle he was in.
Walker resisted officers and attempted to escape but police deployed a Taser to detain him.
He was charged with two counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs and was remanded to Guildford Crown Court.
The drugs were identified as crack, cocaine and heroin with a total potential street value of £4,320.
After pleading guilty to the two offences, Walker was sentenced on January 7 to spend two years and six months in jail.
Three women caught trying to smuggle £50,000 of cocaine
Three women who were caught at Gatwick Airport trying to smuggle around £50,000 of cocaine from Jamaica were also jailed in January.
The trio of drug couriers attempted to smuggle the cocaine into the UK on the same flight from Kingston that arrived into the airport on November 11, 2020.
A National Crime Agency (NCA) investigation was launched after Catara Mattie, Shantori Daniels and Shaliquah Talbot all arrived into the UK and were searched by Border Force officers.
All three were found to have internal concealments of cocaine, with the total weight of the packages coming in at just under a kilo.
In a statement on January 7, the NCA said that the women had been jailed after pleading guilty to importing class A drugs.
‘Dangerous’ convicted sex offender jailed for attempted sexual attack
A “dangerous” convicted sex offender who followed multiple woman in Guildford is now behind bars after an attempted sexual assault.
Callum Boteler, 22, of no fixed address, was sentenced to three years and ten months’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to the charge at Guildford Crown Court on January 6.
His 20-year-old victim was walking along Portsmouth Road, on the evening of January 12 last year, when she noticed Boteler walking behind her before disappearing from sight.
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A short time later, the victim saw him again as she was approaching an alleyway. As the victim walked past, Boteler tried to speak to her, but she carried on walking. He then caught up with her and attempted to grab her arm.
CCTV later showed Boteler following numerous women in Guildford town centre earlier that evening.
Boteler was sentenced after pleading guilty to attempted sexual assault and ordered to serve at least two-thirds of his sentence in prison.
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