The Kent criminals locked up in May 2024 including for stabbings and robberies

Their crimes range from assaults and drug dealing to robberies and stabbings
-Credit: (Image: Kent Police)


May was another busy month for the criminal justice system in Kent, with a total of 20 criminals put behind bars. Their crimes range from stabbings and assaults to drug dealing and robberies.

This month saw the jailing of two men following a stabbing in Canterbury. Kenny Harmsworth and Lewis Whittington have been put behind bars after a serious assault that left the victim with a collapsed lung.

Here are the names and faces of the criminals who were jailed in Kent last month.

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Woman jailed for life after Maidstone murder

Stephanie Langley
Stephanie Langley -Credit:Kent Police

A Maidstone woman stabbed a pub landlord to death with a kitchen knife. Stephanie Langley, 54, was jailed for life at Maidstone Crown Court.

It follows her premeditated and unprovoked assault last year, which led to the death of Matthew Bryant. Langley fatally wounded Mr Bryant, 52, at around 6pm on September 11, 2023 in Lower Boxley Road.

Kent Police officers attended and arrested her at the scene a short while afterwards. Langley, of Wilsons Lane, East Farleigh, was charged with murder and possessing a knife in a public place. The 54-year-old denied murdering Mr Bryant but pleaded guilty to possessing an offensive weapon.

She was convicted of the murder on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, following a trial at Maidstone Crown Court, and remanded in custody. Langley was sentenced on Thursday, May 30, 2024. She was told she will have to serve a minimum of 24 years before she could be considered for parole.

County line dealer jailed after being caught with large knife

Rimel Hanchard
Rimel Hanchard -Credit:Kent Police

County line drug dealer Rimel Hanchard was arrested in Chatham after being caught with a large knife. On October 20 2023, officers in plain clothes were in Luton Road when they saw a man getting into a taxi they suspected was involved in drug supply.

Rimel Hanchard was removed from the vehicle and the constables seized a sheathed knife from his waistband that was 25 centimetres long. A further search recovered three packages from his trousers that contained a total of more than 200 wraps of cocaine and heroin as well as £630 in his pockets.

He was later charged with possession of cocaine with intent to supply, possession of heroin with intent to supply, possession of a knife in a public place and possessing criminal property (namely the seized cash). Hanchard pleaded guilty to all four indictments at Maidstone Crown Court and, on Wednesday May 1 2024, the 22-year-old was sentenced to two years and six months’ imprisonment. The seized cash was also forfeited.

Thanet burglar jailed after assaulting officer

Joshua Plant and CCTV from the night of his offending.
Joshua Plant and CCTV from the night of his offending. -Credit:Kent Police

Joshua Plat has been jailed for 21 months after he was caught on camera prowling around houses near Ramsgate. Plant took his friend’s car without permission on Friday 13 October 2023 and, from around 11.30pm, attempted to break into multiple addresses in the Cliffsend area.

He managed to break into a property in Beech Grove, stealing a handbag and a watch, with his actions caught on CCTV. Kent Police officers attended and identified Plant from a description given to them and he was detained at around 12.30am, assaulting an officer during the arrest.

Plant was charged with aggravated vehicle taking, burglary, assaulting an emergency worker and eight counts of attempted burglary. The 22-year-old, of Westbrook Road, Margate, admitted the charges and was sentenced to 21 months at Canterbury Crown Court on Thursday 2 May 2024 and was also disqualified from driving for 683 days.

Two men jailed after Canterbury stabbing

Kenny Harmsworth and Lewis Whittington
Kenny Harmsworth and Lewis Whittington -Credit:Kent Police

Kenny Harmsworth and Lewis Whittington have been put behind bars following a stabbing in Canterbury which left the victim with a collapsed lung. On Wednesday August 16 2023, police on patrol in Shaftesbury Road were approached by an injured man who said that he had been stabbed by two men that were known to him.

Officers called an ambulance and the man was airlifted to a London hospital. Following enquiries at the scene, police tracked a suspicious car - in which the offenders were thought to be travelling - to Albert Road, where it was stopped by patrols.

The two were arrested and later both pleaded guilty to GBH with intent and possession of a bladed article, while Whittington also pleaded guilty to possession of a class A drug with intent to supply. Whittington, 19, was jailed for seven and a half years and Harmsworth, 23, was sentenced to five and a half years in prison at Canterbury Crown Court on Friday May 3 2024.

Abuser jailed after women punched and strangled

'Violent bully' Darrell McArdle banned the women from meeting other men or friends
'Violent bully' Darrell McArdle banned the women from meeting other men or friends -Credit:Kent Police

Darrell McArdle was jailed after he punched and strangled two women. He had been in relationships with both victims but subjected them to physical and psychological abuse which included a ban on meeting other men or friends.

McArdle had been in relationships with both victims but subjected them to physical and psychological abuse which included a ban on meeting other men or friends. He would beat her if she wore clothing he deemed inappropriate, forced her to erase any social media accounts she had and threatened to harm her family if she ever left him.

One of the assaults against this victim included an incident in June 2021, at a property in Gravesend, where McArdle repeatedly punched her to the head and when she began to cry he continued to torment her and even forced a tooth from her mouth. McArdle assaulted the second victim on 21 November 2023, when he twice entered the Maidstone home of a former partner.

He punched her in the face several times, during an ordeal which also saw the victim pinned to a sofa and strangled. McArdle, 24, of The Orchard, Swanley was arrested in the following weeks, as part of a case led by the West Kent Vulnerability Investigation Team and pleaded guilty to charges of controlling and coercive behaviour and two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

On Monday 29 April 2024, McArdle was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment. He was also made the subject of a five-year restraining order, relating to one of the victims.

Roofer jailed for fraud offences

Terry Green
Terry Green -Credit:Kent Police

Rogue roofer Terry Green has been jailed for six years after deliberately ripping off his customers with overpriced repairs. After gaining their trust by initially charging reasonable prices, he would then tell them additional and far more expensive work was required.

Kent Police became aware of his offending in April 2022 when a resident of Westgate, Thanet, reported paying Green £1,650 for repairs that were then not completed, having agreed to the work after originally being quoted £45.

She then transferred the additional larger sum as a deposit for further repairs, but Green packed up his tools and left the property after she reconsidered and insisted on obtaining a second opinion. Following further offences, Green, of Mansion Lane in Iver, Buckinghamshire, was arrested in Minster, Thanet, on Monday June 13 2022 and later charged with two counts of fraud.

He pleaded guilty to both and was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on Wednesday May 1 2024 when a further nine offences were ordered to lie on file.

Medway thief jailed after targeting shops he was banned from

Clive Tilley
Clive Tilley -Credit:Kent Police

A Medway thief who was banned from multiple supermarkets throughout Kent was jailed after continuing to target Gillingham businesses. Clive Tilley was issued with a criminal behaviour order at Medway Magistrates’ Court on July 27 2023, which prohibited him from entering any Co-op, Sainsbury’s, or Tesco premises in the county.

Between Monday 29 April and Friday 3 May 2024, Tilley breached the conditions of his order whilst committing several shoplifting offences at two separate stores. Tilley, of no fixed address, was later charged by investigators from the Medway Victim Based Crime Team, with seven thefts and seven breaches of his criminal behaviour order.

The 41-year-old pleaded guilty at his first hearing before Medway Magistrates’ Court on Monday 6 May, and was immediately jailed for a year.

Man jailed after assaulting Bluewater shop worker

Muraad Musse
Muraad Musse -Credit:Kent Police

Muraad Musse has been jailed after he assaulted a shop worker in Bluewater Shopping Centre, Greenhithe. On November 25 2023, Musse travelled to the shopping centre and entered the Apple Store with an associate.

The latter spoke to one of the staff and, whilst they were distracted, Musse pushed the employee to the floor and stole a mobile phone. Both offenders fled the premises with the stolen item worth almost £1,600, and the police were alerted to the incident.

On 30 November, Musse was arrested at his home address and taken into custody. Musse, of Tilson Gardens, Clapham, Greater London was later charged with robbery, to which pleaded guilty and, at Maidstone Crown Court on Thursday May 9 2024, the 24-year-old was sentenced to a year and nine months’ imprisonment, including the activation of a suspended sentence.

Rainham child sex offender jailed for 17 years

Samuel Anifaloba
Samuel Anifaloba -Credit:Kent Police

Samuel Anifaloba, a sex offender who targeted two children in Medway, has been locked up for 17 years. Anifaloba, of no fixed address, sexually abused the young victims separately at an address in Rainham, between 2004 and 2006.

The offences were reported to Kent Police on Monday April 30 2018 and he was arrested on Monday June 25 2018. Anifaloba was charged and later found guilty of rape and six other sexual offences involving a child, following a trial at Maidstone Crown Court.

The 49-year-old was sentenced on Tuesday 14 May 2024. He has also been added to the Sex Offenders’ Register for life and will be subject to an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

‘Peaky Blinder’ drug dealer locked up

L to R: Jonathan Fullick and Aaron Little
L to R: Jonathan Fullick and Aaron Little -Credit:Kent Police

Seized video footage has helped break up a west Kent drug supply chain. The video evidence, which showed a dealer weighing cocaine and bragging he would stab someone in the eye, helped convict Aaron Little and an associate he called Peaky Blinder (Jonathan Fullick) who ran a criminal network known as the ‘Jay Line’.

On September 29 2023, an investigation by the Tonbridge Neighbourhood Task Force led to their arrests and several mobile devices were seized. Fullick, 23 of Dumbrell Drive, Paddock Wood and Little, 32, of Garden Road, Tunbridge Wells pleaded guilty at Maidstone Crown Court to being concerned in the supply of cocaine and also admitted a charge of possessing criminal property, relating to £465 seized when he was arrested.

They had both also been charged with being concerned in the supply of cannabis, but this was ordered by the court to lie on file. On Tuesday May 14 2024, Fullick was sentenced to four years and eight months’ imprisonment. This included the activation of a previous suspended sentence. Little was jailed for three years and two months.

Thieves jailed after string of north Kent offences

L to R: Jamie Hopkins and Adam Roberts
L to R: Jamie Hopkins and Adam Roberts -Credit:Kent Police

Prolific thieves Jamie Hopkins and Adam Roberts are now behind bars after targeting a number of offences in north Kent. In October last year, both were subject to criminal behaviour orders that banned them from entering several retail outlets including any Co-op store.

On October 19 2023, Hopkins attempted to steal boxes of cigarettes from behind a counter at the Co-op in Talbot Lane, Swanscombe. Three days later, Hopkins and Roberts stole a quantity of meat and laundry products from the same premises.

On October 27, two bottles of spirits were stolen by Roberts from behind a counter at the Co-op in Oldfield Place, Dartford. On the following day, both men were arrested after they were seen by a local police officer trying to enter the Co-op in Castle Hill, Ebbsfleet.

Hopkins of Browning Road, Dartford and Roberts, of no fixed address, were both charged by investigators from the North Kent Victim Based Crime Team, with one count of theft and three breaches of their criminal behaviour orders. Roberts, aged 36, was also charged with a burglary at the Co-op in Oldfield Place, Dartford and Hopkins, aged 39, with a count of burglary at the Co-op in Talbot Lane, Swanscombe.

Both pleaded guilty at Medway Magistrates’ Court on Monday October 30 and were remanded in custody. On Tuesday May 14 2024 at Maidstone Crown Court, Hopkins and Roberts were both jailed for 10 months.

Burglar behind bars after leaving fingerprints at Maidstone house

Sean McFetridge
Sean McFetridge -Credit:Kent Police

In September last year, opportunistic burglar Sean McFetridge was in East Farleigh when he saw the front door of a house had been left open and quickly entered the premises. After being discovered by one of the occupants, he made an excuse that he was seeking a glass of water due to being thirsty, and then departed after he was told to leave.

Police were contacted after it was discovered that a laptop, some jewellery and keys had been stolen. Detectives arrested the offender on September 7 and he was charged with burglary to which he pleaded guilty at Maidstone Crown Court.

On Thursday 16 May 2024, the 41-year-old from Coxheath was sentenced to three years' imprisonment. This included the activation of a suspended sentence.

Rochester jewellery thief jailed

Samuel Neculai
Samuel Neculai -Credit:Kent Police

Samuel Neculai entered a jewellery shop in Rochester High Street at around 11am on Thursday 22 February 2024, posing as a customer. He asked to look at a gold bracelet valued at £1,225, which was displayed behind a glass window, immediately attempting to flee once it had been passed to him.

However the shop worker was able to block his exit while another woman activated the door lock. The two employees were able to retrieve the bracelet from Neculai who pulled off the door handle as he sought to escape and, fearing for their safety, the women then allowed him to leave the shop.

The police were alerted and Friday March 15 he was arrested and charged with attempted robbery and criminal damage. The 21-year-old pleaded guilty at Woolwich Crown Court and on Monday 20 May 2024, was sentenced to one year and nine months’ imprisonment. He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge.

Medway dealer with concealed knife put behind bars

Odyssius Ojo
Odyssius Ojo -Credit:Kent Police

Odyssius Ojo, 22, has been jailed after he was arrested in west Kent and investigators found he was holding a phone used to supply class A drugs in Medway. An investigation from Kent Police’s County Lines and Gangs Team learned that a specific phone known as the ‘MB line’ was supplying heroin and crack cocaine to users in the Medway area.

On January 23 Ojo was arrested for a separate matter and when searched he was found to have the ‘MB line’ mobile phone and a knife disguised as a keyring fob. He was interviewed and after denying any knowledge of the phone, later agreed he had used it to send multiple texts offering drugs for sale.

Ojo was charged with being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine between December 12 2023 and January 23 2024, being concerned in the supply of heroin over the same period and possession of an offensive weapon in a private place. He pleaded guilty at Maidstone Crown Court and, on Monday May 20, was sentenced to two years and nine months’ imprisonment.

Two jailed after violent Canterbury assault

William Crump and Lawrence Cole
William Crump and Lawrence Cole -Credit:Kent Police

William Crump and Lawrence Cole after a violent assault in Canterbury in which the victim was attacked with a baseball bat. On December 11 2023, Kent Police officers were called to an address in Frencham Close where a man had been set upon by two offenders, having been kicked, punched and hit with a bat during the violent assault.

Then on December 12 investigating officers charged William Crump, of Frencham Close, Canterbury in connection with the assault. Lawrence Cole, of The Avenue, Hersden, was also later charged. Both men were known to the victim.

Crump, 35 and Cole, also 35, were sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court on Friday May 242024 after they both pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm. Cole also pleaded guilty to three driving offences on the night of the assault. Crump was jailed for two years and one month, while Cole was sentenced to one year and 11 months in prison - which included an additional custodial term for failing to attend court when required.

Corrupt former Border Force officer

Gareth Glynn Davies, 44,  has been jailed after supplying class A drugs
Gareth Glynn Davies, 44, has been jailed after supplying class A drugs -Credit:NCA

A man who was working as a Border Force officer has been jailed after supplying class A drugs. Gareth Glynn Davies, 44, of Cleves Way, Ashford, was arrested in January 2020.

The corrupt former officer was caught by officers from the National Crime Agency's Anti-Corruption Unit, in an operation supported by Border Force after information was passed to the NCA that he may be involved in drug supply.

While under surveillance he had a number of meetings with a contact, to whom he arranged to sell drugs. On January 21, 2020, he supplied four pills to the contact as a taster, with a promise of 5,000 more to follow Following the handover, Davies was arrested and searches of his car and home address led to the recovery of a lock knife, rambo knife, machete, two knuckle dusters and a baton that should have been returned when he left the Prison Service.

He was subsequently charged with two drug supply offences, and dismissed from his role at Border Force. Davies pleaded guilty on April 15, 2024 to both counts on the indictment. He was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court today (Friday) to five years and 11 months.

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