Jailed; Walsall doorstep conman who tricked and stole over £18K from OAPs

Crimea Price - picture from West Midlands Police
Crimea Price – picture from West Midlands Police

A cruel conman who helped steal wedding rings from an elderly widow has been jailed for over seven years.

Callous Crimea Price, 33, was part of a gang which a judge said “left a trail of misery” across the West Midlands targeting elderly widows and cancer patients.

One of his victims was stripped of £2,000 cash along with an engagement ring, her dead husband’s wedding ring and other jewellery belonging to her dead sister.

In total over a five month period dad-of-two Price, a member of the travelling community, along with others pocketed around £18,000 from 50 victims.

As he was jailed for seven-and-a-half years at Birmingham Crown Court it was heard the offences were committed while Price was on bail and the subject of a suspended sentence for similar offences.
He was jailed for 54 weeks in February for a similar raid against a 98-year-old woman who was conned of £300.

Recorder Jacob Hallam told the conman, of Long Lane, Great Wyrley near Walsall; “Between September and February you and your fellow conspirators left a trail of misery and fear across the West Midlands.
“You targeted the elderly and vulnerable in their own home to gain money and valuables.

“The effect on many was profound and will no doubt remain with them for what remains of their lives.

“A stark message must be sent to those who would prey on them as you and your co-conspirators did.”

Price and his gang targeted pensioners in Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Walsall, Sutton Coldfield, West Bromwich, Rugeley, and Cannock.

Posing as officials they would tell householders a rat infestation had been reported and demanded cash to deal with it.

Others were told a skip had to be hired to clear away garden debris or that a leak had been discovered.

While some were asked to hand over cash directly, others were distracted while a member of the gang searched cupboards and drawers hunting for cash and valuables.

Jennifer Josephs, prosecuting, said; “This was a cynical plan to visit the elderly, the easily confused or persuaded and to deceive them into gaining access to their property and their money.

“Occupants were told there were rats in the garden, that neighbours had complained, and these men were from the council and could sort it out.

“There would always be a cost for this job, usually a few hundred pounds.

“Usually people would hand over their money to the nice man from the council who would then go to get a receipt or poison for the rats.

“He would never come back, the money would be gone.”

Ms Josephs said Price was connected to the offences by mobile phone evidence which placed his two mobile phones in the areas of 49 of the offence offences at the times the pensioners were targeted.

She said; “Once may be a coincidence, twice maybe.

“But with 49 offences, the coincidence is too great.”

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On the run: ‘Dangerous’ paedophile who raped two young children

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Jose Manico – picture from West Midlands Police

As the Guardian reported around 1,300 dangerous offenders are on the run after jumping court bail, here’s a pretty horrific case which concluded at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday. Anyone with information on Manico’s whereabouts should contact west Midlands Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

A DANGEROUS paedophile who raped two children in almost identical attacks is on the run after being sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Twisted Jose Manico, 44, fled the country before he could face trial over the string of offences against a six year old girl in London and a boy of the same age in Birmingham a decade later.

The depraved dad, from Edgbaston, Birmingham, was described by a judge as a “dangerous offender” who continued to pose a risk to children.

Passing sentence in Manico’s absence, Judge Mark Wall QC said; “I have no doubt he must be treated as a dangerous offender.

“He committed these offences at different points in his life separated by a great deal of time.

“He targeted both a boy and a girl and on each occasion they were children of real youth.

“There is a significant risk he will continue to offend in this way into the future.”

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Nephew admits manslaughter of retired Solihull teacher Anne Dunkley

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**A case from Birmingham Crown Court picked up by the Birmingham Mail here
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The nephew of retired deputy headteacher Anne Dunkley has pleaded guilty to her manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Gareth Emery, 25, denied murdering his much-loved aunt, 67, at her home in Marston Green last June.

But in a short hearing at Birmingham Crown Court he admitted her manslaughter and a charge of wounding with intent against her son, Matthew Dunkley.

Prosecutor Adrian Keeling QC said the guilty plea to the lesser charge was accepted after doctors diagnosed Emery as suffering from paranoid schizophrenia.

Mrs Dunkley’s family had also been consulted before the plea was accepted.

The court heard there was evidence Emery, from Clinton Road, Shirley , was suffering from a mental disorder at the time of the killing on June 5.

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Martial arts expert jailed for manslaughter of former soldier Charles McInally

Troy Ktori - picture from West Midlands Police
Troy Ktori – picture from West Midlands Police

A former Thai Boxing world champion has been jailed for 12 years for the manslaughter of Scots ex-serviceman Charles McInally.

Troy Ktori, 27, was accused of murdering Mr McInally, 55, at the former soldier’s Birmingham home last year.

But following a week-long trial at Birmingham Crown Court the martial arts expert, of Shenstone Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, was cleared of murder and convicted of manslaughter.

A three times world champion in his youth, Ktori stabbed the ex-Royal Signal Regiment soldier through the throat after an afternoon of drinking and taking cocaine.

He claimed he was acting in self-defence.

Jailing him for 12 years, with an extended five years on licence, Mr Justice Neil Garnham told Ktori; “You have a temper that is made worse by drink and drugs, both of which a abuse regularly.

“You behaviour demonstrates when irritated by others you will resort to violence .

“You do not act in a moment of red mist but in a collected, calm, determined manner.

“You are a dangerous man Mr Ktori.”

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Convict smiled as he caused £36,000 damage to prison roof during six hour stand-off

Jonathon Smith - picture from West Midlands Police
Jonathon Smith – picture from West Midlands Police

*A case from Birmingham Crown Court featured in The Express & Star

A convict had ‘a smile on his face’ as he caused nearly £36,000 of damage to tiles and windows during a rooftop protest at G4S run Birmingham Prison.

Jonathon Smith scaled the roof of the library at the Winson Green unit sparking a six-and-half hour stand-off last November.

Birmingham Crown Court heard ‘jovial’ Smith, 22, tore up tiles, smashed skylights and chimneys during the protest over an adjourned parole hearing.

The thug, jailed for causing grievous bodily harm in October 2012, even threatened to start a fire with torn up wood.

Witnesses at the time described how he threw the torn up tiles from the roof onto the ground below.

He was only talked down after specialist officers from the National Tactical Response Group were called to the G4S prison.

Previously of Bilston, Smith, a dad-of-one, pleaded guilty to a single count of criminal damage.

Jailing him for three years, Judge Nicholas Cole said; “You caused extensive damage to the library roof for reason only you ultimately know.

“It seems you were dissatisfied because you thought you should be paroled earlier.

“You behaved in a childish and infantile manner, going on to the roof to protest about it.

“You cause damage, I am told, with a smile on your face.

“At one stage you threatened to have a barbecue, that was taken as a serious threat because you gathered wood together.

“It is an aggravating feature this offence was committed in prison, to prison property causing significant disruption.”

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Thugs jailed over Solihull pub attack on grieving man

A pair of drunk thugs who subjected a grieving man to a ‘vicious’ pub attack shortly after his brother’s funeral have been jailed.

Lester Beeson, 61, was sharing a quiet drink with friend Kevin Morgan at the Olton Tavern, Lode Lane, Solihull, after laying his brother to rest.

But when he asked a group of drunken louts on the next table to be quiet he was pelted with a banana skin and plastic shot glass.

When Mr Morgan stepped in to intervene, he was subjected to a violent attack by Reiss Johnson, 27, and Daniel Stirling, 22.

Dad-of-two Johnson then went on to attack grieving Mr Beeson, punching him to the floor and stamping on his face.

Birmingham Crown Court heard callous Johnson, of New Summer Street, Newtown, even sat down to finish his drink after the bloody attack.

He was jailed for 16 months after admitting two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Stirling, of Guernsey Drive, Smithswood, was jailed for six months after admitting the same charge against just Mr Morgan.

Footage of the sickening violence was released by police in a bid to track down Johnson and Stirling last May.

Jailing the pair, Recorder Simon Ward said: “ I take the view anyone who attacks somebody in a public house without provocation as you two did on the video simply has to go to prison.

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Jailed; Woman who hid gun connected to fatal Birmingham shooting

Deanne Gordon - picture from West Midlands Police
Deanne Gordon – picture from West Midlands Police

A gun connected to a fatal shooting in Birmingham was found stashed in the bedroom of a jewellery shop worker a court heard.

Derek Junior Myers, 25, was killed and another man seriously injured in the shooting in at a Soho Hill pool hall last October.

A police raid six weeks later uncovered a revolver linked to the deadly shooting at the home of Deanne Gordon in the Ladywood area of the city.

The 35-year-old claimed to have found the weapon stashed behind bins near her home but her explanation was rejected by a judge.

She was jailed for five years after pleading guilty to possession of a prohibited weapon and ammunition at Birmingham Crown Court.

Judge Richard Bond said; “I reject out of hand the explanation you gave to police.

“I sentence you on the basis you were looking after this gun and bullets for a gang member and you knew that.

“The reality is this; that weapon was used in a murder so any time somebody takes possession of such a lethal weapon they run the risk of being connected to a weapon used in the most serious criminal offences on the statute book.

“It’s well known in this city such items are used by gangs affiliated with drugs and money laundering.

“The consequences of a person being in possession are obvious. These items are designed to kill and maim.”

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