Criminals jailed in Cambridgeshire in May include man who raped woman in market square

Sean Spooner raped a woman in Cambridge
-Credit: (Image: Cambridgeshire Constabulary)


Cambridgeshire criminals jailed in May include a man who raped a woman in a market square and an abuser caught on camera. Other criminals sent to prison this month include a paedophile, a man who abused his wife, and a driver who killed a pedestrian.

Sentences ranged from two years and two months to 11 years. The longest sentence was handed to Sean Spooner, who will serve 11 years in prison after being found guilty of one count of sexual assault, two counts of rape, and two counts of assault by penetration.

We've put together a list of some of the worst criminals jailed in Cambridgeshire this month. Read on for more information about their crimes and sentences.

Sean Spooner

Rapist Spooner was pulled off of one of his victims while attacking her in Cambridge's Market Square. He targeted two women he met at a nightclub in the city in June 2022.

He first assaulted an 18-year-old woman by kissing her without consent and reaching down her trousers. His second victim was a 20-year-old he attacked in the Market Square.

Spooner, of Castle Street, Cambridge, was sentenced to 11 years in prison and six years on licence for two counts of rape and two counts of assault by penetration on May 9. You can read more here.

Craig Watson

Craig Watson abused his wife for nearly a decade
Craig Watson abused his wife for nearly a decade -Credit:Cambridgeshire Constabulary

Watson threatened to rip his wife's head off in secret recordings that revealed the abuse he inflicted on her for almost a decade. The victim can be heard screaming in pain while he beat her on some of the secret audio recordings.

In other audio clips made in the months leading up to his arrest, Watson could be heard admitting to abuse, and saying he "should be in a police cell". He also said: "I hit you, but we are working through it."

Watson, of Coldhams Lane, Cambridge, was sentenced to two years and two months in prison after pleading guilty to common assault and engaging in controlling and coercive behaviour. You can read more here.

Michael Speed

Speed indecently assaulted two young boys in the Cambridge area in the 1990s when they were aged between seven and 13. One boy was attacked on several occasions over a six-year period.

Speed, of Lichfield Road, Cambridge, admitted five counts of sexual assault. He was jailed for eight years at Cambridge Crown Court on May 7.

You can read more here.

Stuart Nichols

Disqualified driver Nichols killed Karl Bradshaw in a hit and run in Peterborough. Witnesses identified the car Nichols was driving and ANPR confirmed he was in the area at the time of the crash.

Nichols, of Empsons Farm, Postland, Crowland, was jailed for four years and four months on May 13, at Cambridge Crown Court. He had pleaded guilty to causing death by driving whilst disqualified at an earlier hearing.

Mr Bradshaw's family described him as a "happy go lucky man, with a great sense of wit and humour". You can read more here.

Ashley Baker

Controlling and abusive Ashley Baker, 41, subjected the woman to a verbal and physical violence
Controlling and abusive Ashley Baker, 41, subjected the woman to a verbal and physical violence -Credit:Cambs Police

Baker controlled every element of his partner's life and abused her both physically and mentally for seven years. The abuse included making her call him during her lunchbreak every day and pinning her against a wall.

Baker, of Wood Street, Doddington, March, pleaded guilty to engaging in controlling behaviour. The victim's son had recorded the abuse to show police.

He was sentenced to two years and three months in prison at Cambridge Crown Court on May 10. You can read more here.

Rytis Lisauskas

Rytis Lisauskas became violent after his marriage ended
Rytis Lisauskas became violent after his marriage ended -Credit:Cambridgeshire Constabulary

Stalker Lisauskas showed up at his estranged wife's home every day after their decade-long relationship ended in July last year, despite being told to leave. He followed her to a bus stop on a couple of occasions and once smashed a window.

He had also attacked the victim, including punching her and pushing her. On one occasion, he smashed his way into the house and stole items he claimed belonged to him while the victim barricaded herself in a room with her children.

On May 17 at Cambridge Crown Court, Lisauskas was sentenced to three years and two months in prison, after pleading guilty to stalking, burglary, criminal damage, assault by beating and controlling and coercive behaviour. You can read more here.

William Gray

William Gray strangled his partner and tried to hit her with a brick
William Gray strangled his partner and tried to hit her with a brick -Credit:Cambridgeshire Constabulary

Gray violently strangled his partner on two occasions and tried to hit her with a brick during a row at her home in Wisbech. She suffered minor injuries during the assault.

Gray, of North Brink, Wisbech, was jailed for three years and nine months on May 24 at Cambridge Crown Court. He had been found guilty of intentional strangulation, actual bodily harm, making threats to kill and two counts of criminal damage.

He was also handed a restraining order for 10 years. You can read more here.