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Thursday, 1st July 2021
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Man given 15-year sentence for sexual assaults on women in Brighton
A man has been sentenced to a total of 15 years imprisonment for sexual assaults on two women in Brighton, including the rape of one of them.
Sam Kesete, 21, a student and part-time shop worker, of Canterbury Drive, Brighton, was sentenced when he appeared at Hove Crown Court on Thursday 24 June.
He had admitted at an earlier hearing of two counts of rape against a 21 year-old woman in his flat on 28 November and of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old woman by touching at Kings Road Arches on 18 September.
He will have to serve at least ten years before being considered for release on supervised licence, and even if released before serving 15 years will have to serve a further six years on licence.
Kesete will also be a registered sex offender for life.
Detective Constable Elaine Welsh of the Brighton Safeguarding Investigations Unit said; "The 21-year-old woman was walking home along Oxford Street off London Road in the early hours of 28 November last year when she encountered Kesete, who forced her to his nearby flat where he raped her before eventually allowing her to leave, walking with her to her own home.
"This was an absolutely frightening experience for his victim, who fortunately contacted friends and the police right away, enabling us to start a prompt investigation.
"Previously in the early hours of 18 September, Kesete had been with friends and a group of other people outside a night club on Brighton seafront when he sexually assaulted an 18-year-old girl who was a member of that group. She and others immediately challenged him and he was ejected from the club.
Officers had been searching for him since then and the good description of the assailant in November was clearly a potential link to the first assault. The second victim was also able to identify the flat as being in the same area we already thought Kesete was living, and this, coupled with swift police work including door-to-door enquiries, enabled us to make an early arrest and take Kesete off the streets.
"These were two isolated but very serious offences and people in Brighton are safer as a result of the investigation, and now his sentence.
"Investigating such offences is a top priority for us, as well as ensuring that victims receive specialist support.
"The victim of Kesete's attack in November has been very brave and has supported our investigation throughout, but this has had a major impact on her which will clearly be long lasting."
For more information on reporting sex offences and the support available see the Sussex Police website at https://www.sussex.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/rsa/rape-and-sexual-assault/what-happens-after-you-report-rape-or-sexual-assault/
Man sentenced to 11 years after sexual exploitation of Brighton girl
A London man has been sentenced to a total of eleven years and three months imprisonment for sexual exploitation offences against a 13-year-old Brighton girl, and of separately attempting to meet a girl for sexual purposes.
Kerien Rudland, 24, unemployed, of Alwold Crescent, Eltham, London, SE12, was sentenced at Chichester Crown Court on Friday 25 June.
He had pleaded guilty at Brighton Crown Court on 27 November 2019 to to inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, meeting a child following sexual grooming and two counts of engaging in penetrative sexual activity with a child.
He pleaded not guilty to two offences, of abduction and sexual assault, and these were directed to lay on the court file without being proceeded with.
He was also convicted on 5 December after a separate trial at the same court of attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity, attempting to engage in sexual communications with a girl under 16, and attempting to cause a child to watch a sexual act.
These offences related to his engagement online from his family address in Hull, with someone online who was pretending to be a 13-year-old girl. He was arrested on suspicion of that offence by Humberside Police in August 2018.
The language used by Rudland when communicating with the Brighton girl on Facebook were very similar to those sent to the 'decoy' account.
Rudland will be a registered sex offender for ?life and ???was given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) severely restricting his access to children and computers until further court notice.
The sexual exploitation prosecution, authorised by the CPS, followed an investigation by officers from the Brighton Safeguarding Investigations Unit into a report received on Sunday evening (10 February).
Detective Sergeant Matt Stevens said; "Rudland met the girl on the Internet, groomed her online, met her in Brighton on Sunday 10 February 2019 and had sexual activity with her on the beach in Brighton and on a train with her on the way back to London. She was reported missing by her family, and when we checked her PlayStation we found recent contact between them via Facebook.
"As a result of our intensive enquiries, working with our colleagues in the Metropolitan Police, they were located in London at his mother’s address where he was living, by 11am the following morning and he was arrested.
"The girl was safe and has been receiving support from our specialist officers and independent agencies since.
"We also received valuable assistance from both Humberside Police and British Transport Police.
"Kerien Rudland is without doubt a serious danger to children. He began his offending online, quickly progressing to contact sexual offending with a child. Sussex Police Safeguarding Investigation Units work tirelessly to safeguard children, prosecute offenders and enable them to be removed from society.
For advice and sources of support over suspicions of child sexual exploitation, see the Sussex Police website here.
Man charged with murder of Billy Henham
A man has been charged with the murder of 24-year-old Billy Henham in Brighton.
Dushane Meikle, 27, of North Street, Brighton, was arrested on Monday night (21 June) by the force’s Special Enforcement Unit and has now been charged.
Billy's body was discovered at a disused building in North Street, Brighton on Thursday 2 January 2020, after officers attended the property following a report of concern for a person.
Meikle has been remanded in custody to appear at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (23 June).
Two men aged 25 and 27 who were also arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender on Monday night have been released under investigation.
Detective Superintendent Alex Geldart, who is leading the investigation, says: “Our thoughts are with Billy’s family and friends at this time.”
* Three other men have also been charged with the murder of Billy and were remanded in custody in May. These are Alize Spence, 18, of Makepeace Road, Ealing, Lamech Gordon-Carew, 20, of Cheeseman Close, Hampton and Gregory Hawley, 28, of no fixed address.
Man found guilty of killing and injuring cats in Brighton
A man who claimed that he liked cats has been found guilty of a series of cat killings in Brighton.
Security guard Steve Bouquet, 54, of Rose Hill Terrace, Brighton, denied 16 counts of criminal damage in relation to killing and injuring the animals and one count of possession of a knife in a public place.
However, after a eight day trial, the jury at Chichester Crown Court found him guilty on Wednesday (30 June) of stabbing nine cats to death and injuring another seven and possessing a knife. He was remanded in custody in his absence and will be sentenced on 12 July.
The first of Bouquet’s victims came to light in October 2018 and the attacks continued over a period of nine months. The court heard that cat owners had incurred thousands of pounds’ worth of veterinary bills, but in nine cases this had been in vain and the animals succumbed to their injuries.
Detective Inspector Chris Thompson said: “In late 2018 we became aware of a number of reports where cat owners believed their cats had been deliberately killed or injured.
“We needed to determine whether there was human involvement in these cases and submitted two cats for post mortem examinations by a specialist vet at the Royal Veterinary College. It was found that one of the cats had been stabbed by a sharp implement deliberately, but the other had too much surgical intervention to make a definite conclusion.
“The attacks had occurred in a fairly confined area of the city with two distinct clusters to the east and west of Preston Road, just south of Preston Park and a line from the area of Brighton railway station to close to the seafront.
“However, there were no witnesses to the savage acts and there was no indication as to who was responsible.”
The breakthrough came in May 2019, when nine-month old Hendrix was stabbed by a knife in Crown Gardens, a narrow passageway linking Church Street and North Road in Brighton.
DI Thompson continued: “Hendrix’s owners were at home in the early evening of May 31, when he came in, bleeding heavily from a single knife wound,
“The owners discovered a trail of blood leading from the passageway to their home and then noticed a CCTV camera nearby. This had been set up by a neighbour whose own cat had suffered a similar fate, having been stabbed and killed a year before.
“We examined the footage and discovered that it had captured Bouquet stooping to stroke the cat before taking something from his rucksack and making a sudden jerk towards it. Hendrix fled, but he later sadly died from his injuries.
“This was to prove a turning point in our investigation as, for the first time, we had evidence of who was responsible. Two days later, on June 2, 2019, we arrested the suspect and in a search of his house found a knife with cat DNA on the blade and his DNA on the handle.
“We also found a number of images of live cats in various locations around the city and also one that showed a dead cat, Kyo that had been killed in May 2019.
“In interview, Bouquet told us how cats had always been friendly to him and he would often stroke them while he was walking.
“He was bailed while our investigations continued and we established that he was never out of the city at the relevant times of the offences – this was the time from when the cat was last seen uninjured to the time when it was found injured or dead. He was never at work for the whole period during the relevant times, there was a preponderance of offences between his home and work place when he was working, but when he was not at work the offences occurred mainly near his home address.
“Additionally, we found that when he had a period of leave, the attacks increased from one or two a month to several over the course of a week.
“We were aware that, with the exception of the CCTV from Crown Gardens, we were relying on circumstantial evidence, but as the investigation progressed we were able to establish location data from his mobile phone, we disproved his claim that he found the knife on his way to work on the morning of his initial arrest and a witness had come forward with a positive identification of him after seeing a man acting suspiciously shortly before a cat was found dead in the Shaftsbury Road area.
“Due to the unique nature of this investigation, a number of experts were identified to assist in assessing the evidence and information available including proving that the injuries were stab wounds and interpretation and examination of his mobile telephone.
“His laptop computer showed that he had repeatedly accessed a website in relation to lost cats in the city, paying particular attention to a cat that was killed. He had also viewed numerous dog killing cat-related videos and two photographs of a dead cat in a front garden, taken at different times of the day, were recovered from his devices and believed to have been taken by him.
“No further incidents of this nature had been reported since his arrest.
“This was enough to provide us with a case to submit to the Crown Prosecution Service, who authorised the 17 charges on December 22, 2019.”
Chief Superintendent Nick May, divisional commander for Brighton and Hove said: “This has had a devastating impact on those who have had their beloved pets killed or seriously injured and Bouquet’s actions understandably caused a lot of concern and worry to other pet owners in the city. There have been considerable financial implications as well, with some spending up to £7,500 to try to save their animals.
“This was a necessarily complex and exhaustive investigation. I would like to express my thanks to the investigation team who worked tirelessly to bring about this successful result, to the CPS and the many experts who we have called upon to support the prosecution.
“There is no indication to suggest that Bouquet is involved in any other incidents relating to the killing or injuring of cats elsewhere in the country – indeed, evidence suggests that he rarely leaves Brighton. There are no indications that there is any other person in Brighton and Hove causing harm to cats and we are not looking for anyone else involved in this type of criminality.
“However, we understand the considerable public interest in this case and we are sharing our learning with the National Crime Agency and with other forces who have experienced similar incidents."
You can read more about this here: https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/court-results/man-found-guilty-of-killing-and-injuring-cats-in-brighton/ Crime summary Burglaries – Dwelling
Reference: 1379 22nd June 2021
Location: Turton Close, Brighton
Date and time: 22nd June 2021 12:00
Details: Male attempted to gain access but no access gained
Reference: 1223 28th June 2021
Location: Tisbury Road, Hove
Date and time: 28th June 2021 16:00-18:40
Details: Offenders entered via the back garden and gained access through the rear door and a laptop was stolen.
Reference: 0456 22nd June 2021
Location: Preston Road, Brighton
Date and time: 22nd June 2021 14:00-23:00
Details: Access gained and cash and clothing taken.
Burglaries – Non Dwelling
Reference: 0009 25th June 2021
Location: Nevill Avenue, Hove
Date: 25th June 2021
Details: Access gained and sports equipment taken
Reference: 1144 23rd June 2021
Location: Preston Street, Brighton
Date and time: 23rd June 2021 18:15
Details: Access gained and bag stolen. Cash and a bank card stolen.
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