15 criminals locked up in Leeds in May from cruel couple to street robber

Locked up in Leeds in May
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It's been another busy month at the courts across Leeds in May, with a number of criminals locked up.

Every month, hundreds of defendants pass through the doors of Leeds Crown Court and Leeds Magistrates' Court, and May was no different.

This month we saw sentences passed for an organised crime gang which ran a "chop shop" in the city and a sick daughter and her partner who left her mum sitting in her own faeces and urine and wearing the same clothes for a year.

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Below is a list of the people locked up in Leeds in May.

Natasha Pammant and Liam Leach

Sick couple Pammant and Leach left a woman sitting in her own faeces and urine and wearing the same clothes for an entire year.

The victim was Pammant's mother who lived with them. Her existence was only discovered when a worried neighbour called social services for help after hearing screams. It was said that when a social worker looked through a window at the house, they saw a "skeletal leg" and "swollen ankle and foot". Upon entering, the worker said the smell "hit her like a sledgehammer."

The woman had been sitting in a chair for three months and paramedics had to shower her to get her off the seat before moving her into an ambulance. She had been wearing the same jumper for a year. It was said the woman asked paramedics if they had any food as soon as they arrived. The court heard the woman had large pressure ulcers on her body - including one which was "down to the bone" which could have proved fatal.

Both Pammant and Leach were jailed for 30 months.

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Alitor Deda, Andi Teta, Ali Qerfozi, Erijon Gjoka, Edison Markeci and Agostin Marku

[Left from the top] Erijon Gjoka, Alitor Deda, Andi Teta, [Two bottom row] Agostin Marku and Edison Markeci, and [middle] Ali Qerfozi have all been jailed
Natasha Pammant [left] and Liam Leach have been jailed after they left a woman in the same clothes for a year

The gang were all jailed after being found to have hidden a cannabis farm inside a derelict Leeds care home. The former Moorfield House in Fieldhouse walk, Moortown, was discovered to be the home of the vast cannabis farm on December 4 last year. Officers discovered 811 plants capable of producing 44kgs of the Class B drug - which would yield an estimated street value of up to £446,000.

Equipment worth up to £45,000, including high-powered lamps, fans and timers were found alongside baseball bats and machetes.

Deda, Teta and Qerfozi were jailed for two years, Gjoka was handed a sentence of 18 months, Markeci and Marcu were jailed for 16 months.

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Sam Oliver, Mark Smith, Jason Tester, Andrew Oldroyd and Adrian Stewart

[Left] Sam Oliver [Top, L-R] Mark Smith, Jason Tester, [Bottom, L-R] Andrew Oldroyd and Adrian Stewart have been sentenced for their parts in a chop shop conspiracy
[Left from the top] Erijon Gjoka, Alitor Deda, Andi Teta, [Two bottom row] Agostin Marku and Edison Markeci, and [middle] Ali Qerfozi have all been jailed -Credit:West Yorkshire Police

The members of the organised crime group were jailed in Leeds after it was found to be running a chop shop. A police investigation under the name Operation Digford, led by officers from Leeds District Intelligence Unit, uncovered three of the shops in Leeds and Dewsbury - where vehicles were being dismantled and parts prepared to be sold off. The group worked by stealing the keyless vehicles by scanning the signal from the owners' key fobs and using an on-board diagnostics tool to start the vehicles.

In one incident in August 2022 on Lime Pit Lane, Wakefield, a man was left with life-changing injuries after he confronted Mark Smith, who drove over him. The man became trapped under the front wheel of the van and travelled with it for around 800 metres before breaking free. Wakefield District CID and District Crime Team were able to connect the robbery to a chop shop in Armley which was already being investigated.

Smith was jailed for 15 years, Oldroyd and Rothwell for seven-and-a-half years, Oliver for six years and three months, Stewart for two years and four months and Tester for 18 months.

Peter Hoyle, 38, of Aberford Road, Woodlesford, was jailed for 11 months for conspiracy to steal motor vehicles.

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Rainbow Tay-La

Robber Rainbow Tay-La
[Left] Sam Oliver [Top, L-R] Mark Smith, Jason Tester, [Bottom, L-R] Andrew Oldroyd and Adrian Stewart have been sentenced for their parts in a chop shop conspiracy -Credit:West Yorkshire Police

Leeds robber Tay-La was jailed in May after targeting a woman in the city centre and attacking her as they tried to steal her phone.

Tay-La asked the woman if she had any change, and when she said she did not, they attacked. She became "aggressive" and "started screaming" and shouted: "You've got my phone" before trying to grab her handbag. Tay-La then grabbed the woman by her throat and "threw her against the wall."

A man intervened and Tay-La spotted the woman's phone in her pocket and ran away with it. A member of the public gave chase as the woman picked up her belongings. In their police interview, Tay-La admitted waiting in the street for the "right person" and "saw the victim and ran up to ask for help." Tay-La was jailed for four years and made the subject of an extended licence period of three years.

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