Suffolk: Criminals put behind bars in May

Published:
6:30 a.m. June 3, 2022



A man who sexually assaulted three schoolgirls and a drunken double driver who caused a fatal head-on collision are among those jailed in May.

Robert Lowe

Lowe was described as a “selfish and arrogant” drunk driver who caused a head-on collision in which a 32-year-old Claydon woman died while he was jailed for six years and eight months.

Lowe had spent the afternoon before the fatal accident drinking in pubs and had consumed more than six pints of lager, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

A blood test showed Lowe, who was convicted in 2015 of drunk driving, was double the drinking and driving limit at the time of the crash in which Jennifer Baker died, the report said. Ipswich Crown Court.

Sentencing Lowe, 44, Judge Emma Peters said he was driving entirely on the wrong side of the road when his Seat Altea hit Miss Baker’s VW Polo at around 6 p.m. on October 23, 2020.

The court heard that Miss Baker died at the crash scene in Norwich Road, Barham and her boyfriend, who was in the front passenger seat, suffered serious injuries including a traumatic brain injury which left him suffer from seizures.

Geoffrey Lewis

The 53-year-old former Waldringfield man, who sexually assaulted three schoolgirls, was jailed for nine years by a judge who described him as a ‘danger to children’.


Geoffrey Lewis was jailed for nine years at Ipswich Crown Court
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Lewis, formerly of School Lane, Waldringfield, had denied four offenses of sexual assault on a child under 13, one offense of sexual activity with a child and taking an indecent image of a child, but changed his guilty pleas to the charges at his trial. in February.

The offenses were committed over a four-year period between 2013 and 2017.

On Monday, May 30, Lewis was jailed for nine years with an extended license term of five years and banned from contacting the three victims indefinitely.

He was also placed on a lifelong sexual abuse prevention order and ordered to sign the sex offender register for the same period.

Shane Smith

Smith, 24, dragged a woman to the ground after wrapping a cord from a JD Sports bag around her neck and was jailed for 22 months.

Smith subjected the woman to “a terrifying experience” at Haughley, near Stowmarket, after he followed her on Boxing Day last year, Ipswich Crown Court heard.


Shane Smith was jailed at Ipswich Crown Court

Shane Smith was jailed at Ipswich Crown Court
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Smith began following the woman, who was walking home from work, around 3:40 p.m., prosecuting David Baird told the court.

He followed her down Fishponds Way, before the woman turned into Dagworth Lane, which has a field running along one side of the road, Mr Baird said.

As Smith began to approach, the woman moved aside to let him pass, but he wrapped the drawstring of a sports bag around her neck, put his knee behind her back and pulled her to the ground .

Smith then straddled the victim, who retaliated by punching and kicking, before trying to push his face onto the lawn.

The victim then removed Smith’s face mask and recognized him as someone she knew through a friend.

Smith, of Stowupland Road, Stowmarket, pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm, falsely imprisoning her trying to force her head onto the grass and possessing cannabis.

A five-year restraining order was also imposed, prohibiting Smith from contacting the victim.

Kyle Lambton

Lambton was jailed for three years after he sexually assaulted a schoolgirl after he entered a house uninvited and snuck into her room.

Lambton, 37, had been drinking whiskey and taking cocaine the day before the incident on March 13 this year, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Lambton entered the house around 1:15 a.m. and entered the girl’s bedroom while her father and brother were downstairs watching television, prosecutor Marc Brown told the court.


Kyle Lambton was jailed for three years at Ipswich Crown Court

Kyle Lambton was jailed for three years at Ipswich Crown Court
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He put his hand over her mouth and started kissing her forehead before the girl could scream and alert the house, Mr Brown said.

Family members confronted Lambton and he subsequently left the house, the court heard.

Lambton was arrested and in a police interview explained he had been drinking from 2pm on March 12 at the Lord Nelson pub in Lowestoft.

He also admitted to using about a gram of cocaine, which he did every week.

Lambton, of Avondale Road, Lowestoft, previously pleaded guilty to sexual assault but denied a charge of trespassing with intent to commit a sexual offence.

Judge Pugh jailed Lambton for three years and imposed an indefinite sexual abuse prevention order.

Christophe Pindi

Christopher Pindi, 21, was jailed for 40 months after running the Maxwell drug line in Ipswich.

Pindi, of Bensham Grove, Thorton Heath, London, admitted to being involved in the supply of crack cocaine and heroin between August last year and February this year and to being detained with the intention of supplying l ‘heroin.


Christopher Pindi was sentenced to 40 months behind bars

Christopher Pindi was sentenced to 40 months behind bars
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A promising young footballer who attended Colchester United’s academy and had trials with a number of clubs, Pindi has been arrested by police in London.

When his phones were examined they showed he had been involved in operating the ‘Maxwell’ line of drugs, Ipswich Crown Court was told.

He had gotten involved in the world of drug trafficking to pay off his debt and used a 17-year-old as a runner to transport the drugs to Ipswich.

The court heard Pindi’s phone showed he had sent more than 1,600 mass text messages advertising the sale of drugs.

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