January saw criminals jailed for a range of offences in south east London, as the justice system continued its work into 2022.
A mother who drove her son to murder an autistic 17-year-old was put behind bars for a minimum of 23 years, while a pair of smugglers who stashed drugs in bean tins were caught by the National Crime Agency.
We have summarised some cases below.
Nichola Leighton and Tyreese Ulysses
Nichola Leighton and her son, Tyreese Ulysses, were jailed for killing a 17-year-old boy in a “shocking” Sydenham machete attack sparked by petty gang rivalry.
Levi Ernest-Morrison was chased and fatally stabbed in Sydenham on the evening of April 10 last year.
Mother-of-three Leighton, 37, who drove his killers to and from the scene in her red Suzuki jeep, was found guilty of his murder.
On Friday, the former care manager was jailed at the Old Bailey for life with a minimum term of 23 years.
Her 19-year-old son Tyreese Ulysses, from Catford, who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and was driven by a desire to protect his mother, was jailed for 13 years for manslaughter with a further five years on extended licence.
Osagie Aigbonohan, from Abbey Wood, conned several women out of thousands of pounds and targeted hundreds.
The romance fraudster, 41, originally from Lagos, Nigeria, used a number of aliases to contact several women online through dating and social media sites.
Of those identified, investigators believe he conned his victims out of a total of £20,000, cheating one woman out of nearly £10,000.
He was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court on January 15 to 28 months after pleading guilty to charges relating to fraud and money laundering.
Daniel Kelly and Steven Gilhooly
Daniel Kelly, 43, and Steven Gilhooly, 43, tried to sneak class A drugs from the Caribbean into the UK hidden in tins of beans and coconut milk sent to homes in Charlton and Greenwich.
The smugglers used canned goods to try and ship around 6lbs (2.74kg) of cocaine with a street value of more than £250,000 into Britain.
The operation was discovered when two packages sent from St Lucia heading to homes in south east London were intercepted by customs.
Kelly was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison, while Gilhooly was jailed for eight-and-a-half years for importing class A drugs into the UK.
Syrus Ramsey, 27, from Bromley, advertised class A drugs daily via bulk texts, selling to crack users in west Ken.
He was part of a gang responsible for dealing via dedicated mobile phones known as the ‘Aaron line’.
Police discovered that Ramsey and Connor McMaster, also 27, were the gang’s leading members and regularly drove to Kent in Ramsey’s car to supply the drugs.
Both men were charged with being concerned in the supply of heroin and being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine between April 6 and October 8, 2021.
They pleaded guilty at Maidstone Crown Court and on January 21, 2022. Ramsey was jailed for three years and six months.
Orpington tennis star Emma Raducanu says she no longer feels safe in her own home after a 35-year-old man was found guilty of stalking her.
Amrit Magar, from Edgeware, was seen in doorbell camera footage outside the 19-year-old’s family home leaving notes and cards late last year, the Daily Mail reports.
He was convicted at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on Friday and will be sentenced at a later date.
District Judge Sushil Kumar said: “His inability to explain how he did not think this was harassment is incapable of belief.”
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