Category Archives: 2014

SYTECH Assisted Case – Forensic Telecommunications & JTAG Examination – “Man jailed for life for Bolton man’s ‘vicious’ murder”

Carl Hodgkiss was found guilty for the murder of Marc Jepson in March last year 2014.

SYTECH were tasked with producing an evidential Report which detailed the examination of mobile phone communications data and the application of Cell-Site & Communications Analysis in review of such data which was essential to the Investigation.

An advanced JTAG (Joint Test Action Group) Handset examination was performed on a Samsung  Galaxy S4 (Samsung GT-i9505 ) in order to recover deleted data which would assist the Investigation.

 

BBC News – Man jailed for life for Bolton man’s ‘vicious’ murder

“A man has been jailed for life for murdering a man in a “vicious attack”.

Marc Jepson, 40, was found dead in his house on Kildare Street in Bolton, on 5 March. A post-mortem examination showed he died as a result of asphyxiation.

Carl Hodgkiss, 28, of Elton Avenue, Farnworth, was found guilty of murder, at Manchester Crown Court. He was ordered to serve at least 14 years.

Hodgkiss admitted killing Mr Jepson but denied murder, claiming he had acted in self defence.

At about 15:40 GMT on 5 March, a friend noticed Mr Jepson’s front door was open and went to investigate.

She then discovered his body in the living room, Greater Manchester Police said.

‘Sustained’ attack
After a figure was spotted on CCTV going into Mr Jepson’s house and then seen heading towards Hodgkiss’ aunt Irene’s house on Firwood Avenue, police went to interview the pair.

During the interview, Ms Hodgkiss said she had been upset at the way Mr Jepson had been treating a relative of hers.

Police said she asked Hodgkiss to “go and sort Marc out, give him a couple of slaps”.

Hodgkiss told his aunt he had left Mr Jepson nursing a sore head, when in fact he had murdered him.

Senior investigating officer Duncan Thorpe said Mr Jepson suffered a “sustained and vicious attack”, in which he was also beaten and stabbed.

Irene Hodgkiss, 63, of Firwood Avenue, Farnworth, was found guilty of conspiracy to commit actual bodily harm will be sentenced on 9 January.”

 

 

SYTECH Assisted Case – Forensic Telecommunications – “Student jailed for setting fire to ex-girlfriend’s house”

Student found guilty and jailed for 39 Months after setting fire to his girlfriend’s back door and slashing her tyres. Police were called, who managed to establish an evidential crucial mobile phone had been in the area at the time.

SYTECH had been requested to review telecommunications data and perform Cell-Site Analysis regarding one mobile phone in relation to incidents/events over a primary period of interest in January 2014 relating to a Greater Manchester Police Arson investigation.  Opinion was sought as to the potential location and movements of this mobile phone in respect of historic cell-site data as generated by the relevant use of that phone.

 

http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/11715726.Student_jailed_for_setting_fire_to_ex_girlfriend_s_house

“A JILTED student has been jailed for 39 months after setting fire to rubbish bags piled up against his ex-girlfriend’s back door.

Bolton Crown Court heard how 21-year-old Damon Daniels had been involved in a relationship with Bolton University student, Terri Scoots, which ended acrimoniously on October 13 2013.

Two weeks later he was sentenced to a suspended 16 week prison sentence for assault, theft, criminal damage and possessing a knife in Dorset Street, Bolton and a restraining order was made banning him from contacting her.

But Stuart McCracken, prosecuting, said the same day he ignored the order and sent her a Facebook message to which she replied.

“She appreciated it was a difficult time for him,” said Mr McCracken.

However, Daniels became abusive and in several messages told her he wanted her to “burn in hell”, claimed he would pour petrol over her and told her: “I want you to burn for the rest of your existence.”

Mr McCracken told the court that, at 9.20pm on January 21 last year, Miss Scoots was with friends at her end terraced student house when she and her housemate went to collect take-away pizza.

Shortly after she returned home a guest, Jack Burrows went into the kitchen, but when he opened the back door smoke filled the room.

Rubbish bags beside the back door had been set on fire and the tyres on Miss Scoots’ car and a friends’s bicycle had been slashed.

Police were called, who managed to establish Daniels’ mobile phone had been in the area at the time.

When arrested he denied being responsible for the arson, claiming Miss Scoots had hacked his Facebook account and left the abusive messages herself.

 

Daniels, of Moss Park Road, Stretford, subsequently pleaded guilty to arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered and two counts of breaching a restraining order.

Judge Elliot Knopf, who sentenced Daniels to 39 months in jail, heard that Miss Scoots has been so badly affected by the incident that she has abandoned her studies and left Bolton.”

SYTECH Assisted Case – Cell-Site Analysis Evidence in Action – Five jailed for their part in Leeds revenge attack

SYTECH Assisted Case – Cell-Site Analysis Evidence in Action

Five men have been jailed for their part in a plot to injure a father in a revenge attack which ended instead with one of his friends being murdered.

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SYTECH Assisted Case – Cell-Site Evidence in Action – Five men have been jailed for their part in a plot to injure a father in a revenge attack which ended instead with one of his friends being murdered.

Mr Justice Edis said at Leeds Crown Court yesterday they were not being sentenced for the killing of Sidney Cox, 57, who was beaten and stabbed after the intended victim Benjamin Reynolds fled from Middleton Lane, Thorpe.

But the judge said each had played a part in a serious offence on August 24 last year when “extreme violence” was planned against Mr Reynolds at his home following an earlier incident at a fair. “What you were part of was taking the law into your own hands.”

The plot culminated in an “armed band” travelling in a convoy led by a stolen truck which smashed into Mr Reynolds’s home. He managed to escape “by the skin of his teeth” driving off, but Mr Cox was then attacked by unidentified masked men.

All five admitted conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm to Mr Reynolds. Robert Gaskin, 37 of Stocksbridge Lane, Doncaster, was jailed for eight years.

His son Larry, 19 of Cleveland Road, Doncaster was sent to a young offender institution for six years eight months.

Hannibal Riley, 35 of Barnby Dun Road, Doncaster who helped steal the recovery truck but did not join the convoy was jailed for six years six months; Reynolds Tunney, 63 of Mill Lane, Brigg, who drove a van in the convoy and Patrick Stewart, 42 of Doncaster Road, Wakefield who tried to follow the fleeing Mr Reynolds were both jailed for seven years.

Following a trial earlier this year two other men were jailed for the same offence and brothers Ambrose and Michael Dear were each jailed for life with a minimum of 18 years for the murder of Mr Cox.

Five jailed for their part in Leeds revenge attack – Yorkshire Evening Post.

SYTECH Assisted Case – Utilising Advanced Phone Forensics – Alfie Sullock: Babysitter boyfriend guilty of manslaughter

Alfie Sullock: Babysitter boyfriend guilty of manslaughter

 

A man who killed his girlfriend’s six-week-old baby by battering him with a shoe and plastic bottle has been found guilty of manslaughter.

Michael Pearce, 33, was looking after Alfie Sullock, from Cardiff, for two hours while the baby’s mother had her first night out following the birth.

Magistrate’s son Pearce, of Nelson, Caerphilly county, was cleared of murder at Newport Crown Court.

Mother Donna Sullock said she was “disappointed” with the verdict.

Alfie had extensive brain damage after the attack and died four days later.

As she wept on the steps of the court after the verdict, the 29-year-old said: “We are disappointed at today’s verdict but satisfied that he will still go to prison for what he’s done.

“Whatever sentence he will get, it will never be long enough for taking Alfie’s life away.

“We have been through a year of absolute hell.”

Donna Sullock said she had been through a year of ‘absolute hell’

Judge Mr Justice Baker thanked the jury, and added: “It is never easy in a case like this.”

Throughout his three-week trial, father-of-one Pearce denied murder and manslaughter.

He said he did not do anything to hurt Alfie, who he killed at his home in August 2013.

Ms Sullock had left Alfie, born on 6 July 2013, with Pearce, who she was in a relationship with at the time, to enjoy her first night out since giving birth.

The pair had become friends while she was six months pregnant, and later became a couple.

Although the court was told Pearce began to display “obsessive behaviour” towards Ms Sullock – and even asked her to give him a child just weeks into their relationship.

Pearce claimed he did not hurt Alfie and gave him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation

‘Trust me’

On 16 August, Ms Sullock travelled from her home in Cardiff to Pearce’s house in Nelson, Caerphilly county, to stay the weekend. Pearce suggested she go out with his friend’s girlfriend for a “girly night out”.

That night Pearce had drunk five pints of beer – four of them in 45 minutes.

He then returned home and looked after Alfie while Ms Sullock got ready.

She told the court her baby was fine when she left Pearce’s house.

But less than half-an-hour into her night out, the pair exchanged a series of text messages.

Pearce maintained Alfie was fine but shortly after he sent a text saying, “you can trust me” he dialled 999 and called Ms Sullock to say Alfie had stopped breathing and was being taken to Prince Charles Hospital.

Alfie was transferred to the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, where four days later – on 20 August – life support was withdrawn and he died.

A post mortem examination showed Alfie died of blunt trauma injury and extensive bleeding into the brain.

After deliberating for 35 hours and 56 minutes, the jury decided by a majority verdict of 10-2 that Pearce was guilty of manslaughter but cleared him of murder.

Donna Sullock was enjoying her first night out since Alfie’s birth when he was battered by Pearce

Following the verdict Gwent Police’s Ch Insp Leanne Brustad said: “Innocent baby Alfie Sullock was killed at just six weeks old.

“His mother Donna, and Alfie’s extended family, have sat throughout this trial listening to shocking evidence about the nature of his death.

“During an extremely emotional and upsetting time they have handled themselves with great dignity and composure and our thoughts remain with them.”

Pearce will be sentenced on Wednesday.

 

BBC News – Alfie Sullock: Babysitter boyfriend guilty of manslaughter.

SYTECH Assisted Case – Mobile Phone Forensics including Chip-Off used – Ruthless commuter belt drugs kingpins murdered young hoodlum who sold shotgun they had given him to kill rival

Ruthless commuter belt drugs kingpins murdered young hoodlum who sold shotgun they had given him to kill rival

 

Former football coach Zain Sailsman, 19, became dealer to fund his habit

Charles Beadell and Ricky Jervis, both 22, raked in around £30,000-a-month selling heroin and crack cocaine in Macclesfield, Cheshire

After he double crossed them, they lured Sailsman to remote woodlands 

Beadell stabbed Sailsman in the back, cutting into his spine 

Beadell and Jervis sentenced to life and told they must serve 27 years

Two young hoodlums who resorted to murder as part of a ruthless plan to build a drugs empire in the heart of the Middle England commuter belt were each jailed for life yesterday.

 

Charles Beadell and Ricky Jervis, both 22, begun a turf war to terrorise locals into joining their gang after they raked in around £30,000-a-month from peddling heroin and crack cocaine in the silk market town of Macclesfield in Cheshire.

But when former football coach Zain Sailsman, 19, double crossed the pair and sold a shotgun which had been used in a gangland shooting, Beadell and Jervis lured the teenager to woodlands and stabbed him in the back as a ‘punishment’.

Ricky Jervis arrives at Chester Crown Court

Charles Beadell shows his contempt for the law

Murderers: Drug dealers Ricky Jervis (left) and Charles Beadell (right) arrive at Chester Crown Court

As the teenager staggered away dying from his wounds, Beadell who carried out the stabbing told Jervis: ‘The kid thinks he can treat me like a muppet.’

Keep-fit fanatic Sailsman who was nicknamed ‘Black Magic’ climbed over a fence and tried to flee up a country lane but collapsed. Passing motorists tried to help him but he never regained consciousness. It emerged the knife cut into the spine and severed a major blood vessel leading to his heart.

Police investigating the murder later bugged a canal barge and secretly taped another local villain William Dale laughing about Beadell and the victim saying: ‘Horrible little f***** that Charlie is. You know what I mean, cut his fingers off, cut his toes off, cut his ear off – anything but kill the guy.’

Charles Beadell (left) was convicted of the murder of 19-year-old Zain Sailsman who a  post mortem examination revealed had died from a single stab wound

Charles Beadell (left) was convicted of the murder of 19-year-old Zain Sailsman who a post mortem examination revealed had died from a single stab wound

At Chester Crown Court, Beadell, from Macclesfield and Jervis, 22, from Congleton were both convicted of murder after a six-week trial and were each ordered to serve a minimum of 27 years.

Zain Sailsman was a drug dealer who was murdered when he double-crossed other dealers

Zain Sailsman was a drug dealer who was murdered when he double-crossed other dealers

Jervis tried to spit at police but missed and soiled the glass of the dock.

Beadell’s girlfriend Julia Howard, 36, a student forensic psychologist, who acted as the getaway driver was cleared of murder but convicted of perverting the course of justice and was jailed for three years.

Dale, 25, was jailed for 14 years after he admitted drugs and firearms offences.

Passing sentence the judge Mr Justice Robert Jay said: ‘This case, as countless previous cases have done, highlights in cruel and graphic terms the grief, the misery, the human and social costs, of drug addiction and drug dealing.

‘I have no doubt that the motive of both of you was to punish Zain Sailsman for what you felt was his cheeky attitude over time.

‘You Beadell, knew that the gun had gone – you Jervis at the very least believed that it was highly likely that it had gone, and were of a mind to punish Zain Sailsman.’

The jury was told Macclesfield’s drugs rackets had been orchestrated by Dale from his barge which was moored between Congleton and Alsagar.

Dale was said to buy drugs in bulk and sell them on through a network of lower level dealers in towns across Cheshire and Staffordshire and would hire Beadell and Jervis.

Charles Beadell was sentenced to life imprisonment with a recommendation he serves a minimum of 27 years for the murder of  19-year-old Zain Sailsman

Charles Beadell was sentenced to life imprisonment with a recommendation he serves a minimum of 27 years for the murder of  19-year-old Zain Sailsman

But Beadell and Jervis wanted to take greater control of the Macclesfield drugs market after hoodlums from Manchester tried to move in on the area. Beadell himself was selling narcotics purely to make money for pure ‘greed’ and was turning over up to £1,000 a day on his own and would get his girlfriend to drive him around and was ‘fuming’ that outsiders were trying to grab his turf.

He eventually recruited Sailsman a former youth team coach at non-league Macclesfield Town in Cheshire after exploiting the teenager’s drug habit.

Sailsman who wanted free access to crack cocaine began selling drugs for Beadell and was eventually used as a hired gun to terrorise a rival small-time dealer.

Last October Sailsman was driven to the home of their target where he used a 12 gauge shotgun to pump two bullets through the front door at point range – missing a couple and two children who were inside.

Julia Howard arriving at Chester Crown Court to be sentenced for her part in the murder of Zain Sailsman

Julia Howard arriving at Chester Crown Court to be sentenced for her part in the murder of Zain Sailsman

No one was injured but the rival who was not at home at the time was terrified enough to start working for Beadell.

The gun was later hidden in woodland with the ammunition hidden in a churchyard but Sailsman dug up the weapon and secretly sold it to pay for his own drug use before fleeing to Blackpool.

Beadell later contacted Sailsman’s mother Madeline Fletcher on Facebook saying people were coming to the house as her son had ‘taken something’ from him.

Mrs Fletcher, 48, told the jury that she and her three daughters had already been threatened by her son’s criminal associates with her car and house being vandalised.

The family home was turned into a ‘fortress’ with panic alarms and a fire- and bombproof letterbox.

She said: ‘I had told Zain there was consequences to his actions. It was the way I tried to bring my kids up. They threatened they would petrol bomb the house. I was living in fear.’

Mrs Fletcher said she had been called by her son from Blackpool asking for money and added: ‘He was crying, which wasn’t like him. He admitted carrying out the shooting with Charlie. I was shocked, especially as children were in the house. I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t transfer money but said he would have to come back.

‘I tried to make him see sense about the shooting. I couldn’t believe he could stoop so low. He said it was him who pulled the trigger. No one else had the bottle to do it. I told him to turn himself in.’

Julia Howard, 36, a student forensic psychologist, who acted as the getaway driver was cleared of murder but convicted of perverting the course of justice and was jailed for three years

William Dale, 25, was jailed for 14 years after he admitted drugs and firearms offences+9

Jailed: Julia Howard, 36, a student forensic psychologist, who acted as the getaway driver was cleared of murder but convicted of perverting the course of justice and was jailed for three years; William Dale, 25, was jailed for 14 years after he admitted drugs and firearms offences

Sailsman was brought back to Macclesfield by relatives and he tried to keep a low profile but paid with his life when he agreed to meet Beadell on the pretext of recovering the shotgun and to continue working for him.

In a text exchange Sailsman asked Jervis: ‘Not a set up or anything’ and Jervis replied: ‘What are you on? You’re one of the boys, I trust you.’

Beadell, Jervis and Sailsman were later driven to the woods by Howard on October 30.

Sailsman had planned to pretend to look for the gun by a tree then feign innocence when they could not find it – not knowing Beadell was armed with a 12-inch bladed knife.

Jervis told the court: ‘Zain was digging around for a couple of minutes with his hands. He looks a bit confused, gets up, looking and Charlie gets down and starts looking.

‘How do you lose a shotgun? You don’t lose a shotgun. Someone said we should go back in the morning and look for it. Zain swore on his mother’s life that hadn’t been there or moved the gun but Charlie started raising his voice saying: “You’re saying it’s me who took it”.

Ricky Jervis was jailed for 27 years for murder

‘They carried on arguing and then Charlie lunged at Zain and came away screaming and shouting. Zain’s turned away from him and I saw the knife. He was moving the trees out the way. Charlie had the knife in his right hand. Zain ran towards the fence ‘I said stop, man, stop! Zain said, “What the f***? What’s he done that for?” I didn’t realise how badly hurt he was.

‘I said to Charlie “What the f***, he’s supposed to be your guy, you just stabbed him.” I was shocked.’

Beadell and Howard fled Macclesfield and checked into various hotels but were arrested two days later. Jervis was arrested as he was fleeing into the countryside carrying a bag containing his clothes stained in the victim’s blood.

All three denied murder. Beadell claimed Sailsman was stabbed by two drug dealers from Liverpool.

In a statement after the case, Sailsman’s family said: ‘Zain’s life has been cruelly and tragically cut short and regardless of the sentence imposed his murderers will one day walk free and be able to resume their lives. Zain will never get that opportunity. In our eyes no sentence will ever be long enough.

‘Zain’s death has ripped the heart out of our family and our lives will never be the same without him in them. Zain was no angel in life but to us he was always the little boy with the cheeky smile and the big sense of humour. He did not deserve to die the way in which he did.’

 

Ruthless commuter belt drugs kingpins murdered young hoodlum who sold shotgun they had given him to kill rival  | Mail Online.