March was a busy month in the courts with a string of people jailed for a variety of misdemeanours.

They ranged from fraud to violent robbery to sexual offences against young children.

getwestlondon takes a look at the people who were banged up in March.

Alistair Leiper

Westminster Police officer Alistair Leiper lured 14-year-old girls into performing compromising acts online

A serving Westminster police officer was jailed for two years after he lured two 14-year-old girls into performing compromising acts online while pretending to be of a similar age.

Alistair Leiper’s actions have been described by investigating officers as “truly abhorrent”, and were “made worse by the fact that he is police officer who is supposed to protect the vulnerable”.

Detectives from the Met’s Sexual Offences Exploitation and Child Abuse Command launched an investigation after they received information that a man - who was using two pseudonyms - had been communicating online with a child.

Leiper, 37, was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for ten years and the Sexual Health Prevention Order for five years.

Mowleed Abdullahi

Mowleed Abdullahi glassed his victim multiple times during the theft of this watch

A violent robber has been jailed for glassing his victim in the face multiple times during a Rolex watch theft.

Mowleed Abdullahi from Harrow launched a prolonged attack in Charles II Street near Piccadilly Circus.

Abduhalli’s 41-year-old victim was left unconscious and with serious facial injuries that needed more than 50 stitches on Friday January 6.

He was sentenced to 12 years in prison at the Old Bailey on Friday (March 3) after pleading guilty at the same court in February to grievous bodily harm with intent and robbery.

Another suspect in the attack is still missing.

Dean Hempseed

Listen as Hayes fraudster tricks victim in cold call

A conman from Hayes who was part of a five-man team investment fraud scam that tricked more than 70 people into handing over a total of £1.7 million has been jailed.

Dean Hempseed, 35, and from The Green, was sentenced to five years imprisonment for conspiracy to defraud at Southwark Crown Court on Monday (March 6).

Hempseed, from Hayes, made a number of false claims to persuade at least 12 victims to invest

His gang targeted elderly and vulnerable people with cold calls in a bid to buy green investments.

The scam even included a glossy magazine which quoted Barack Obama.

Jabed Hussain

Jabed Hussain, 22, of Acton, convicted of terrorism-related offences

An Acton accountancy firm worker who tried to travel to Syria and join terrorist group ISIS to carry out what a judge described as “death, destruction and disorder” has been jailed for nine years.

Jabed Hussain, 22, admitted two counts of preparation of terrorist acts after he was caught by an undercover police officer.

The Bangladeshi-born Hussain had previously attempted to travel to Syria but was detained by Turkish authorities at the Turkey-Syria border and returned to the UK.

The former accountancy firm worker did not show any emotion as he was sentenced at the Old Bailey on Friday March 10.

Nicholas Fay

Nicholas Fay, from Wembley, preyed on boys he was teaching at his home

A private maths tutor from Wembley has been jailed for two years after admitting a string of sexual offences committed against 10-year-old boys he was teaching at his home.

Nicholas Fay, of Basing Hill, was sentenced at Harrow Crown Court on Friday (March 10) after pleading guilty to the offences at the same court four days earlier (March 6).

Police said the 72-year-old had breached trust the parents of the children had given him “in the most abhorrent way”.

He admitted four counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, with each of the four victims aged 10 at the time.

Officers fear Fay, who has privately tutored for at least 18 years, may have other victims who have not come forward, and urged people to do so.

Muhammed Malik

Muhammaed Malik

A kidnapper who took a man on a “terrifying” drive through Surrey in the boot of his car has been jailed for more than seven years.

Muhammed Malik, previously from Hayes, locked his victim in a car before setting off on a terrifying journey and stopping repeatedly to hit him and stamp on him, Guildford Crown Court heard on March 13.

The defendant was found guilty by a jury of kidnap, robbery and attempted robbery, and was sentenced to prison for seven years and four months.

Malik, formerly of Larch Crescent in Hayes, now of no fixed address, denied all three allegations at his trial.

He also pleaded guilty to an unrelated offence of witness intimidation in which he threatened to “hurt” the family of a man if he gave evidence about a stabbing incident he had seen.

Richard Walby

Richard Walby of Uxbridge sentenced to 23 years in prison for string of sexual offences

A rapist and paedophile from Uxbridge who groomed an 11-year-old girl has been sentenced to 23 years in jail.

Richard Walby, 48, was sentenced after a jury found him guilty of three counts of indecent assault, four counts of indecency with a child, three counts of having sex with a child and 12 rapes.

The crimes related to two victims, the first targeted between February 1993 and February 1996 after Walby, of Sanderson Road, met her at dance classes in Cornwall, reports Cornwall Live.

The first assault happened when the girl was aged 11, before he had sex with her when she was 12 and he was in his mid twenties, the court head on Wednesday March 15.

His second victim, who was over 18 at the time, was raped 12 times in Cornwall and Essex between January 2000 and April 2004.

Laylah Scarlett De Cruz

Laylah Scarlett De Cruz

A mother who took on the identity of a dead woman has been jailed along with her daughter for a Kensington property fraud.

Diane Jean Moorcroft, 62, and Laylah Scarlett De Cruz, 31, were handed three and five year sentences respectively on March 18, having been found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud at Southwark Crown Court earlier in the year.

The pair pocketed £1.2 million in the scam, which police say has not been recovered.

The court had heard De Cruz, who lived in Dubai, and her mother, from Warley Road, Blackpool, had conspired with others to rent a property in Kensington using fraudulent documents.

Mbarak Gowie

Gowie had set up a tobacco factory but failed to apply for a licence to manufacture or store shisha tobacco. Pic: HMRC

A tobacco fraudster who spent more than three years on the run is finally behind bars after he was arrested at Heathrow Airport whilst attempting to enter the country.

Mbarak Gowie, 50, formerly of Oakington Avenue, Wembley, was sentenced in his absence to five years imprisonment in 2013 for evading almost £500,000 in duty and tax on tobacco.

He fled to France, then Istanbul and is believed to have settled in Lebanon, before returning to the UK.

Gowie appeared at Ipswich Crown Court on March 10 where a judge sentenced him to three months imprisonment to run concurrently with his original five year sentence.

Chemsex party drugs

James Shugg was jailed for five years and nine months

Three people have been jailed for their roles in supplying drugs to ‘chemsex’ parties in the West End.

The offenders were linked to a criminal network that supplied crystal meth, mephedrone and cocaine to parties where vulnerable people were given drugs.

Sara Bleta was jailed for four years and nine months

Officers with the Westminster Crime Squad investigated the gang after drug-related incidents in Soho and parts of the West End resulted in illnesses and injuries.

James Shugg, 53, of Drury Lane in Camden, received five years in prison for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and nine months’ imprisonment for conspiracy to supply Class B drugs, to run concurrently.

Sara Bleta, 20, of Union Court in Richmond , was jailed for four years and nine months for the same charges, also to run concurrently.

Alejandro Montes-Bailon was arrested at an address where Class A drugs were found

Alejandro Montes-Bailon, 26, of Newton Street, Camden, was sentenced to two years and six months also for the same offences, to run concurrently.

Craig Keane

Craig Keane was jailed two years

A serving member of the Metropolitan Special Constabulary (MSC) has been jailed after admitting the sexual assault of a child.

28-year-old special sergeant Craig Keane pleaded guilty to nine counts of sexual assault of a child under the age of 13 at Snaresbrook Crown Court on February 20.

Keane was charged on January 27, following an investigation by the Sexual Offences Exploitation and Child Abuse Command.

He was jailed for two years on March 20, and ordered to serve ten years on the Sex Offenders Register.

Philip Gonsalves

Philip Gonsalves has been found guilty of raping a 12-year-old in Earl's Court, nearly 30 years after the attack

A man has been jailed for the rape of a 12-year-old girl at a hotel in Earl’s Court nearly 30 years ago.

Philip Gonsalves was found guilty of the attack, which took place in 1987 at a B&B in Longdridge Road, at Woolwich Crown Court on Thursday (March 23) and given a 15 year sentence.

The 63-year-old, from Ladywell Road, Lewisham, was caught after advances in DNA technology linked him to the crime.

Gonsalves will also be placed on the sex offenders’ register for the rest of his life.

Charles Evans

A man who sexually abused a boy over a six-year period has been jailed.

Charles Evans, a high-flying marketing consultant at Sony Pictures Entertainment, targeted the child, who was eight when the offences started, between 1998 and 2004.

They took place in Hillingdon, Windsor, Bracknell and overseas in Spain.

The 58-year-old, from Catherine’s Well in Milton Abbas, Dorset, was sentenced to 15 years at Isleworth Crown Court on Wednesday (March 22) and placed on the sex offenders register for life.

Police said he had effectively groomed the victim’s parents to win their trust.

Evans was unanimously found guilty of attempted rape of a child and six counts of indecent assault against a child at the same court on March 10.

Vasile Flore

Vasil Flore was jailed after a five-day trial at the Old Bailey

A 30-year-old man from West Drayton killed a motorbike rider while speeding on the wrong side of the road while overtaking in February last year.

Vasile Flore, of St Martin’s Road, overtook a vehicle on the wrong side of the road in Shepiston Road in Hayes when the motorbike rider came round a bend in the opposite direction.

The bike rider, Steven Flood from Ruislip, was unable to avoid Flore’s car and was pronounced dead at the scene after the crash.

Flore was found guilty at the Old Bailey on Friday March 24 following a five day trial and was jailed for three years.

Flore was also disqualified from driving for four years and will have to retake his driving test.

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