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Faces and stories of the Suffolk criminals who were jailed during May – including a double murderer

Faces and stories of the Suffolk criminals who were jailed during May – including a double murderer

May has been a busy month for Suffolk Police and the county’s courts, with multiple offenders put behind bars for a wide range of crimes. The offences range from murder to Class A drug-dealing, meaning some truly dangerous individuals have been taken off the county’s streets.

His Majesty’s Prisons had plenty of new residents arrive in May, with their stays varying from just a few months to four decades. The sentences issued to the county’s deviants and offenders will have hopefully offered some closure to the victims of their crimes.

We’ve put together a roundup of everyone jailed in Suffolk last month. Scroll down to see their faces and stories.

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Darren Aldis

Darren Aldis (Image: Suffolk Police)

Darren Aldis, 42, of Mortimer Road in Bury St Edmunds, was jailed for 34 months at Ipswich Crown Court on Wednesday, May 3, after he pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply class A drugs, namely cocaine and possession of criminal property.

Police conducted a Misuse of Drugs Act warrant at his property on Mortimer Road on March 1 and officers recovered from a locked wardrobe a locked safe containing white powder and cash.

Forensic testing established that the white powder was cocaine, with an estimated value of £6,000 and there was in the region of £1000 in cash contained in the safe as well.

DI Greg Moore said: “This was a great bit of teamwork between the East and West Serious Crime Disruption team and the local neighbourhood response officers to secure this conviction. This outcome should serve as a reminder to any drug dealers considering Suffolk for their criminal business, it will be only a matter of time before the inevitable happens and we arrest, charge and convict you.”

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Lee Chapman

Lee Chapman(Image: Suffolk Police )

Lee Chapman, 44, was jailed for four months at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court in May after previously admitting two burglaries that took place at Nowton Park café overnight in April 2022 and at Jimmy’s Fish and Chip shop at Hardwick shopping centre overnight in December last year.

During investigations, forensic tests on a rock that was used to smash a window of the café bought back a positive identity. The same result was generated after a paving slab at the chip shop was also forensically tested – linking Chapman to the scene of both crimes.

Following a tip-off, Chapman was arrested and charged after police went to a tent in a wooded area near the Sainsbury’s store in Bury St Edmunds last month. Chapman had been wanted on recall to prison from 2015, living under a fake name.

You can read the full story here.

Nicky Bates

Nicky Bates(Image: Suffolk Police )

Nicky Bates, 34, of no fixed abode but from the Lowestoft area, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court on Friday, May 12, where he pleaded guilty to drug offences and was sentenced to 40 months in prison.

Bates pleaded guilty to being concerned in supply of cocaine; being concerned in supply of heroin; and being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine – all from January 28, 2023 to April 13, 2023. The court heard how Bates was issuing bulk text messages on a mobile phone promoting the sale of drugs – namely cocaine, crack cocaine, and heroin .

He was arrested for being concerned in the supply of class A and class B drugs and was subsequently charged on April 14. Investigating officer Simon Bendall said: “This sentence comes as a result of a drugs warrant executed on 13 April 2023 and carried out jointly by officers from the East Kestrel team, East Scorpion team and the Serious Crime Disruption Team for the east & west.

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“The team worked hard to gather evidence and secure charges against Bates resulting in the sentence imposed today. The supply of Class A causes untold damage and harm to our communities and collectively we are committed to taking action against those that seek to cause harm and prey on the vulnerable.”

Peter Nash

Peter Nash(Image: Suffolk Police )

Peter Nash appeared before Ipswich Crown Court on Wednesday, May 17, where he was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 40 years. Nash had been found guilty of two counts of murder at Ipswich Crown Court on Friday, May 12, following a four-week trial.

Nash’s crimes were discovered on the morning of Thursday, September 8, 2022, when friends of his wife Jillu Nash had become concerned when she didn’t turn up to work or respond to any phone calls. These concerns increased when it became apparent their daughter Louise had not attended school either.

The police attended the Nash’s home in Heath Estate, Great Waldingfield, at just after 9.55am, where they found the doors locked and all the curtains closed. Officers then forced entry to the property and immediately smelled gas.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service were called before proceeding further inside and neighbouring properties were evacuated as a precaution. The court heard how firefighters entered the house and discovered 43-year-old Jillu Nash and 12-year-old Louise Nash dead inside.

You can read the full story here.

Tommy Azahri, Sigitas Ablonskis, Kyle Meades, Artur Januskiewicz, Ben Houghton, Edward Dygus and Arjan Kola

From left to right: Tommy Azahri, Sigitas Ablonskis, Kyle Meades, Artur Januskiewicz, Ben Houghton, Edward Dygus and Arjan Kola(Image: Norfolk Police )

Seven members of an organised crime group from Suffolk and Norfolk were jailed for a combined total of almost 60 years for supplying drugs with a street value of £310,000. As part of the operation, 5kg of cocaine and 52kg of herbal cannabis were seized.

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The men all appeared at Norwich Crown Court today (May 31) after pleading guilty at earlier hearings. The court heard how the men were all part of a group led by Artur Januskiewicz, 36, of Verbena Road, Cringleford, which brought cocaine and cannabis into Norfolk before running it into Kessingland in Suffolk. An operation led by the Norfolk and Suffolk Serious and Organised Crime unit began in 2021.

The seven men involved – Tommy Azahri, Sigitas Ablonskis, Kyle Meades, Artur Januskiewicz, Ben Houghton, Edward Dygus and Arjan Kola – will all spend time behind bars.


You can read the full story here.

Ali Omar

Ali Omar (Image: Suffolk Police )

Ali Omar, 48, of Skelton Road in Diss, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court on Friday, May 26 where he was sentenced to six years in prison for committing burglary offences. Ali targeted homes and a charity shop in Ipswich during his offending spree in March this year.

In one of the burglaries, £4,000 worth of items including a watch, FitBit and cash were taken from a property on Woodbridge Road. Another offence on Westerfield Road saw £12,500 worth of goods stolen including games consoles and jewellery.

You can read the full story here.

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