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SYTECH Assisted Case – Cell-Site Analysis – “Gang jailed after Penkridge mother’s knifepoint burglary ordeal”

SYTECH – Cell-Site Analysis in action.

Burglary, four men attacked a woman in her own home whilst her husband was away in May 2013. She was sleeping in her own bedroom at the time the men attacked her. They held a knife to her neck requesting they have access to the family safe and any other possessions they have.

Week commencing 11th February 2015 Scott Ball, one of the four gang members, received 3 years for conspiracy to commit burglary.

SYTECH – Cell-Site Analysis helped to locate the direction of movement of Scott Ball during the periods of interest, linking him to the burglary that took place May 2013.


Gang jailed after Penkridge mother’s knifepoint burglary ordeal



A MOTHER has spoken of her terrifying knifepoint ordeal after burglars broke into her home.

The woman, then 44, was tied up and had a knife held to her neck as four men ransacked her Stafford Road, Penkridge home.

Her elder son, who was 15 at the time, fought with gang members who were also armed with a cosh and he struck one several times. The teenager escaped injury but his younger brother, then aged 12, was hit in the face and knocked to the floor, causing bruising.

This week five people were starting jail terms totalling 37 years for their part in the raid, which happened while the woman’s husband was away in May 2013.

She said: “It’s been a very hard 18 months but now we feel justice has been done.”

Her ordeal began just after midnight when she was in bed.

The mother told the Newsletter: “They came upstairs and into my bedroom with knives. There were four of them and they had a knife to my neck and tied me up.

“They were asking if we had a safe and what possessions we had. They were ransacking everything,” she said.

The gang forced the woman to open a safe and stole cash and jewellery.

“I was terrified, wondering whether my children were alive because my sons were in the house,” she said. “The raiders left but then came across my sons – they attacked my boys.

“I was just terrified. You just do what they want because I didn’t know if my children were alive. They’re very brave bless them.”

The offenders escaped in a vehicle driven by a female accomplice.

The five were later arrested and appeared at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court on Friday.

Leon Gordon, 33, formerly of Heathfield Lane, Darlaston, Matthew Bristow, 28, formerly of Heathfield Lane, Darlaston, and Marcus Davies, 35, of St James Road, Leicester, received 11 years each having been found guilty of conspiracy to commit burglary and robbery.

Scott Ball, 41, of Norton Green Lane, Norton Canes, received three years for conspiracy to commit burglary.

Christie Phillips, 20, formerly of Heathfield Lane, Darlaston, was convicted of conspiracy to commit burglary and jailed for one year.

DCI Paul Bentley, of Staffordshire Police, said: “This was a terrifying ordeal for a mother and her two sons, and it has had a lasting impact on them. Their bravery in giving evidence in court is to be applauded and I hope it encourages other victims of crime to come forward and speak out.”

The mother added: “They do these things for gain and they don’t realise the devastation they have left behind them, how they ruin people’s lives.”

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.



“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.”

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The value of SYTECH Cell-Site & Mobile Phone Evidence – Commendation from an OCG Investigation Team

“The Cell-Site and Mobile Phone interrogation work you did for us with regards to redacted was a complete success.

You may have not been aware but this operation was quite possibly one of the longest run in redacted Police history spanning between April 2011 and February 2013 and has resulted in nearly 70 convictions for drug supply offences in the redacted area of redacted.

The evidence presented was so overwhelming and complex (words of the defence) that both defendants pleaded guilty on two counts of conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

The work you did for us effectively proved our case, that these individuals were leading an organised crime gang who were in the business of supplying class A drugs. The convictions and sentence they got in my opinion was more staggering as we had very minimal/weak drugs possession evidence on both individuals and it was phone work, in particularly cell site evidence that ultimately convicted them. All the physical drug possession evidence was linked (very heavily I may add) to the street dealers who were also convicted for their part in the conspiracy.

I would like to say a big thank you for your assistance in this case and very much hope to be working with you again in the future.”

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SYTECH – West Yorkshire Police – Cell-Site Analysis Contract Extension

SYTECH are proud to announce that after another hugely successful year, West Yorkshire Police have extended their Cell-Site Analysis contract with SYTECH for a further 12 months.

This brings the Cell-Site Analysis contract and close working relationship with West Yorkshire Police into its sixth year.