Oxford criminals jailed at crown court in January

Herald Series: Kenny PinkstoneKenny Pinkstone (Image: Thames Valley Police)

Kenny Pinkstone, 35, drove off in a stolen Nissan sports car with the owner clinging onto the vehicle.

The 35-year-old was jailed for four years after he was found guilty of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Pinkstone, of Broadway, Didcot, was said to have ‘panicked’ when the Nissan Skyline R33’s owner and his mother ran from the house and hung on to the bonnet.

The owner’s mother fell from the vehicle and struck her face on the pavement, breaking her eye socket and leaving her unable to close her eyelid until surgeons were able to operate months later.

Judge Maria Lamb noted the defendant had a ‘long-standing interest in other people’s cars’ given albeit old previous convictions for vehicle crimes.

READ MORE: Mum left with terrible injuries after falling from stolen Nissan

Paedophile wanted to go to Westgate toilets for sex

Herald Series: Jonathan ChapmanJonathan Chapman (Image: Thames Valley Police)

Jonathan Chapman, 24, believed he was chatting to a 12-year-old girl online.

He wasn’t. The ‘girl’ at the other end of the keyboard was, in fact, an adult working with a vigilante ‘paedophile hunter’ group.

The Oxford man discovered his mistake when he was confronted at Oxford railway station in September 2021 by members of the vigilante organisation.

He had planned to go and have sex with the 12-year-old in the toilets at the Westgate shopping centre in Oxford.

Judge Michael Gledhill KC jailed him for four years and four months.

READ MORE: Paedophile had Westgate centre toilet ‘sex’ plan

Woman raped on the floor, court hears

Herald Series: David WilliamsDavid Williams (Image: Thames Valley Police)

Rapist David Williams dragged his victim across the floor before subjecting her to a humiliating sexual assault.

In the aftermath of the attack, Williams, 33, initially claimed he would ‘come back and be even worse’ and that she ‘deserved it’.

When she challenged him, asking ‘how he could live with himself’, he became ‘agitated’, held a knife to his own chest and ‘told her to push it in’, the court heard. He then stabbed the kitchen door.

Jailing him for eight years, Judge Nigel Daly told the bearded defendant: “You demonstrated control over her and she recalls saying to you [that] ‘you do not own me, I’m not yours’ to which you replied that you owned her until you said otherwise.

“I am quite satisfied that your failure to accept rejection and the control that you showed over the victim was partly the cause of this attack.”

READ MORE: Rapist gets eight years inside

Drink driver left teen boy for dead

Herald Series: Bruno ViveirosBruno Viveiros (Image: Thames Valley Police)

Van driver Bruno Viveiros left a 16-year-old boy for dead at the roadside after ploughing into the Bicester bus stop where the teenager was waiting.

Oxford Crown Court heard that police officers found the boy ‘covered in blood’ and lying on the grass verge on Middleton Stoney Road, Bicester, on March 19 surrounded by debris from the bus stop.

The police were called to another crash further down the road, where a vehicle appeared to have struck a traffic island.

A trail of diesel led officers to Viveiros’ heavily-damaged Vauxhall Vivaro van. They found a letter inside addressed to the 40-year-old and realised he lived only a few doors down from where the van was parked up.

He was found to be four times the drink-driving limit.

Jailing him for three years, Judge Ian Pringle KC said: “Let me be blunt. It is difficult to imagine much worse driving than you did that evening.”

READ MORE: Judge critical of van man’s decision to drink and drive

‘Element of abduction’ in Oxford sex offence

Herald Series: Jed DentonJed Denton (Image: Thames Valley Police)

Jed Denton molested a teen boy in the 4×4 he’d hired under an alias.

The 29-year-old’s victim, who was driven into the countryside from Oxford, managed to get out of the Toyota Hilux then fled across fields before he came across a farmhouse and banged at the window in order to raise the alarm.

Denton, of Barton, pleaded guilty before the trial to sexual activity with the boy – but maintained his denials to a charge of false imprisonment.

Notwithstanding that denial, Judge Ian Pringle KC noted there was an ‘element of abduction’ in Denton’s grooming and sexual abuse of the victim.

Jailing him for eight years and 11 months, the judge told Denton: “It is difficult to imagine the terror that must have been going through the young boy’s mind.”

READ MORE: Oxford man jailed for sex assaults on teenager

Paedophile’s ‘best friend’ is his police officer

Herald Series: Jamie MorrisonJamie Morrison (Image: Thames Valley Police)

Repeat sex offender Jamie Morrison was said to have been particularly ashamed that by reoffending he had let down his ‘best friend’ – the police officer responsible for managing him in the community.

Police were tipped off last April that Morrison had been looking at indecent images of children.

Officers visited him at home on April 11, when they found that the tip-off was true and he had been accessing and distributing the illegal material.

He was also found to have been in touch with what he thought was a nine-year-old girl.

In fact, the ‘child’ was a Denmark-based adult pretending to be a girl online.

Imposing an extended sentence of 46 months’ imprisonment and a further 14 months on licence, Judge Ian Pringle KC said: “You’ve got to understand, Mr Morrison, that you’ve got to cease doing these things, if for no other reason [than] you’ll let the person down who was supervising you and who you regard as your friend.”

READ MORE: Extended sentence for paedophile who’s ‘pals with policeman’

Intentional strangulation

Herald Series: Stuart MaloneStuart Malone (Image: Thames Valley Police)

Stuart Malone’s partner feared she would die at the hands of the 41-year-old who told her: “I could just finish you off.”

He began throttling his partner of 14 years after they argued at their Banbury home.

The victim said she ‘genuinely believed he was going to kill her’, prosecutor Matthew Knight said. “She could see evil in his eyes.”

Jailing him for 33 months, Judge Nigel Daly said: “You can kill somebody within seconds with strangulation.” He imposed a restraining order banning Malone from contacting his victim for five years.

READ MORE: Woman thought she would die at partner’s hands


Herald Series: Wybo WiersmaWybo Wiersma (Image: SEROCU)

A computer genius Wybo Wiersma, who dropped out of his Oxford post-graduate studies, stole cryptocurrency worth £2.1m.

Using nom de plume ‘Norbert van den Berg’, Dutch national Wiersma set up a website for people to create the 81-character ‘seed’ password required by those investing in the Iota online currency.

Although the website – iotaseed.io – claimed to generate the string of characters randomly for its users, 40-year-old Wiersma wrote a ‘malicious’ code into the site that enabled him to save the passwords.

In early 2018, he was able to use these codes to steal £2.1m-worth of Iota crypto from 99 accounts – transferring the funds into accounts held in two different cryptocurrency exchanges.

Sending him down for four-and-a-half years, Judge Michael Gledhill KC said: “The fact of the matter is that you decided to abuse your skills in order to steal. This is dishonesty at the highest level.”

READ MORE: Oxford postgrad student ditched studies for theft


Herald Series: Callum JarvisCallum Jarvis (Image: Thames Valley Police)

Callum Jarvis, 23, was caught selling drugs in Banbury – while under investigation for supplying the same drugs a year earlier.

He also wrote on a police cell wall in his own blood following another arrest, the crown court heard.

Jarvis was described as ‘immature’ by his own barrister. But he was not present in court to hear the judge announce his jail sentence of three years, six months and 14 days – having walked from the dock back to the cells part-way through Judge Michael Gledhill KC’s sentencing remarks.

READ MORE: Wrote on cell walls in blood

Drug kingpin’s girlfriend jailed for warehousing product

Herald Series: Sophie PlowmanSophie Plowman (Image: Thames Valley Police)

Sophie Plowman, 28, let boyfriend Richard Gray store kilos of the class A drug at her flat in Banbury – and also let more than £24,000 in dirty cash be laundered through her bank account.

In May 2021, when police raided the flat where she lived with her primary-schooler son, 2.5kg of cocaine was found beneath a kitchen cabinet. Other equipment used to re-package the drug was also discovered.

Jailing her for five years, Judge Michael Gledhill KC said it ‘beggared belief’ the single mum had found herself in the dock.

Plowman, of Mill Meadow, Witney, was found guilty last September of conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

The wider conspiracy, which started in 2020, was said to have peddled at least 55kgs of cocaine over around a year.

Gray’s girlfriend Plowman was agreed to have been involved in the supply of around 10kgs – although it was unclear whether she was aware of every package stored at her flat. She paid thousands of pounds of ‘dirty’ cash into her bank account, later transferring it to Gray.

READ MORE: Judge says it ‘beggared belief’ mum in court for cocaine conspiracy

‘Shooter’ was caught on CCTV

Herald Series: Emman RiasatEmman Riasat (Image: Thames Valley Police)

Emman Riasat, 21, was caught on CCTV running from a smoky-windowed BMW saloon with a gun in his outstretched hand shortly before the ‘shooting’ at the junction of Cowley Road and Crown Street on July 24.

He could be seen clinging on to passenger side of a slowly-moving Corsa before aiming his weapon through the open window then fleeing the scene.

Jailing him for 25 months, Judge Pringle noted that the prosecution had been unable to prove that Riasat had fired a real gun. “It’s just as well because if they’d been able to prove it was a firearm you’d have had a minimum of five years in prison.”

READ MORE: Cowley Road shooter jailed for 25 months

This story was written by Tom Seaward. He joined the team in 2021 as Oxfordshire’s court and crime reporter.  

To get in touch with him email: Tom.Seaward@newsquest.co.uk

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