Each week convicted London criminals go before the courts to face justice for their crimes.
This week seven offenders were jailed after being found guilty or admitting what they did.
Their offences range from attempted murder to trying to meet and engage in sexual activity with a child
Below are their names and faces and the reason why they are spending some time locked up behind bars.
A former accountant for a family-owned firm in South London was jailed for 30 months for fraudulently transferring more than £140,000 to her personal account .
Alison Thomas, 52, of Tadworth Street, in Tadworth, Surrey was sentenced on September 16 at Croydon Crown Court after pleading guilty to fraud by abuse of position at Croydon Magistrates’ Court on May 14.
The fraudster had worked for seven years at the engineering firm as the company accountant.
Her role gave her access to and control of the company’s financial dealings and she was viewed as a vital and trusted member of the team
Between December 2011 and January 2018 Thomas made payments to her personal account totalling £144,589.
Thomas’ fraud was discovered when one of the owners began to investigate why the company was not performing as well as it should have been.
He became suspicious about how Thomas was able to fund a lifestyle of champagne lunches, foreign holidays and private education for her child on the wages she was being paid.
When the accounts were investigated further, he discovered regular payments were being made to Thomas’ personal account from the company and he confronted her.
She admitted the offence to him at that time.
PC Stewart Bold of the Met’s Economic Crime Hub in Lewisham, said: “Thomas used her position of trust to withdraw large funds from the company to fund her own lifestyle. She lived beyond her means and treated the company’s account as her own.
“In doing so she put the company in serious financial difficulty. Fortunately this did not lead to the loss of any jobs and therefore further financial struggles for its employees and their families.
“The sentence she has received demonstrates the severity of her actions and I hope will act as a deterrent to others.”
Pimlico man who made a real gun with a 3D printer
A young man from Pimlico reportedly became the first person to be sentenced for making a firearm with a 3D printer in the UK.
Tendai Muswere, a 26-year-old from Tachbrook Street, was jailed for three years on September 19 at Southwark Crown Court after pleading guilty to the charge.
The odd-looking weapon was found during a drugs raid at Muswere’s home in the Lillington Gardens Estate in October 2017.
He tried to claim he had made the weapon for a university project, despite the fact it had the parts needed to fire a shot, and alleged he found the ammunition in a park.
Officers also discovered cannabis plants and evidence of cannabis cultivation, and a second raid on Muswere’s home in February 2018 revealed further components of a 3D printed gun.
On the second occasion, Muswere threw an incomplete and melted 3-D printed cylinder for a Reprringer pepperbox handgun out of the kitchen window as police forced their way inside.
Firearm experts found the only parts missing for many of Muswere’s 3-D firearms to work and become lethal weapons were the steel tube sleevings needed to cover the handguns.
However, the investigation found Muswere had repeatedly searched for these on the internet.
Detective sergeant Jonathan Roberts said: “Muswere claimed that he was printing the firearms for a ‘dystopian’ university film project but he has not explained why he included the component parts necessary to make a lethal barrelled weapon.
“We know that Muswere was planning to line the printed firearms with steel tubes in order to make a barrel capable of firing.”
Muswere claimed not to be aware that the components he made were capable of firing but a search of internet history revealed he had watched videos on how to make a working gun with a 3D printer.
He later refused to comment on what his alleged film project was about.
DS Roberts added: “I hope that today’s sentencing sends a very clear and powerful message that we will prosecute anyone who thinks that they can get away with being in possession of, or manufacturing a firearm, in London.”
Teenager jailed for stabbing man 7 times in Tower Hamlets
A teenager was sentenced to 15 years in jail after he stabbed a man seven times, puncturing his lung.
Mohammed Amjad Ali, 19, of no fixed address, was convicted after a trial at Southwark Crown Court in July.
He was sentenced at the same court on September 16.
The court heard Ali, who was later found guilty of attempted murder, stabbed a 36-year-old man seven times in the chest after he attacked him in Trafalgar Gardens, Tower Hamlets, on August 13, 2018.
The victim was taken to hospital where he was treated for life-threatening injuries including a punctured lung.
Ali left the area shortly after the attack and was seen, without a shirt, discarding the knife.
The victim told police he had been involved in a fight earlier in the day with Ali, who had then returned with a knife and attacked him.
Ali was arrested on August 29 and charged the next day.
He pleaded not guilty and claimed the victim had the knife. He said any injuries caused must have been from when they were “struggling on the floor.”
Detective Constable Simon Maude, of the Met’s Central East Unit, said: “This was an extremely aggressive, violent attack in which the victim suffered injuries that could easily have been fatal.
Vile Homerton man threatened to shoot and kill his girlfriend
A young man with “vile and obnoxious views about women” threatened to shoot and kill his girlfriend if she left him.
Mohammed Ahmed, from Kemeys Street, in the Homerton area of Hackney , used controlling and coercive behaviour in an attempt to force his partner to stay in a relationship with him, Wood Green Crown Court heard.
The 21-year-old’s disturbing behaviour culminated in an incident in August when he persuaded his girlfriend to get into his car under the pretence he just wanted to discuss their relationship.
Ahmed’s mood quickly changed and as his anger grew, he threatened to shoot and murder her.
He also assaulted her in the car.
After reporting this incident to police, the victim further confided that Ahmed had assaulted her on another occasion while driving in her car.
Ahmed was was jailed for two and a half years on Wednesday, September 18.
He was found guilty at the same court on September 10 of harassment with intent to cause fear of violence, threats to kill and two counts of common assault.
On sentencing Ahmed, Judge Perrins said he held “vile and obnoxious views about women” and the offences were “part of a serious pattern of behaviour”.
Detective Constable Imran Hansraj from the Central East Command Unit led the investigation and said: “I would like to praise the courage of the victim for coming forward and reporting Ahmed’s attacks and threats to police.
“I would also urge anyone who is in an abusive relationship to contact police or specialist support agencies – we can help you to end the cycle of violence and bring perpetrators to justice.”
Married Stratford man posed as teen boy to lure girl, 13, for sex
A married man who posed as a 15-year-old boy was jailed for sharing indecent images of children and child grooming.
Graham Rycraft, 50, from Honour Lea Avenue in Stratford , was jailed for six years and given a further four years on licence.
He was jailed for attempting to meet and engage in sexual activity with a child, possessing indecent pictures of a child and nine counts of distributing indecent pictures.
He was sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court on September 20 after being found guilty in May.
In September 2018 Rycraft began speaking online to who he thought was a 13-year-old girl, but was in fact a Metropolitan Police officer using an online persona to target predatory offenders.
Rycraft initially claimed he was a 15-year-old boy and then sent images of child abuse before admitting that he was an adult and continuing to groom the ‘girl’.
He arranged to meet the ‘girl’ but was extremely cautious of his security and went to great lengths to keep his identity hidden.
He was eventually arrested on September 5, 2018 in a phone box near to his office on Fitzroy Street in Central London having just confirmed to the ‘girl’ where he wanted to meet.
Upon arrest, the police found his ‘secret phone’ which revealed the true extent of the indecent images that he possessed and shared.
Rycraft, who denied all knowledge of the mobile phone, was charged the following day and remanded in custody.
“A dangerous offender and a risk to children”
During sentencing the judge assessed Rycraft as a dangerous offender and a risk to children, imposing the extended licence period of four years.
Negeen Momtahen, from the Crown Prosecution Service said: “Rycraft pitched himself online as a 15-year-old boy from Camden to target vulnerable children and teenagers.
“He used what he believed were thorough methods to conceal his criminal activities, using a secret phone, a public phone box, and keeping viagra and condoms in his desk at work.
“In this instance, the subject of Rycraft’s attention was thankfully an undercover police officer, but had he been successful his actions could have led to the abuse and suffering of children.
“This conviction sends a clear message to criminals similarly motivated that this behaviour will not go unpunished.”
“A calculated and callous man”
DI John Halford, of the Met’s central specialist crime team, said: “Rycraft is a calculated and callous man who sought to groom children for his own sexual gratification, taking steps to ensure his own security in the assumption that he would not be caught.
“In actual fact he had encountered officers carrying out a proactive operation aimed at bringing those who seek to exploit and abuse children to justice.
“He will now spend years behind bars, where he belongs.
“I am proud of the dedicated team of officers involved in this operation who have worked so hard to put a dangerous offender in prison and are continually working to safeguard and protect the children of London.”
London drug gang members caught handing over two kilos of cocaine in a pub
Members of a drug gang were jailed after they were caught passing over a huge amount of cocaine at a pub in Mortlake.
Ben Hamill, of Buckingham Road in Richmond , and Mark Lambie, of Whalebone Grove in Romford , were locked up for their roles in supplying drugs.
A third man, Jamal Primus, of Felixstowe Road in Tottenham , is going to be sentenced on October 1.
They were caught during a proactive operation by the Met’s Specialist Crime North Proactive Syndicate on January 25.
Officers observed Lambie and Primus arrive at a pub on Ship Lane in Mortlake, South West London, in separate vehicles.
A short time later, Hamill arrived and handed Lambie a white bag.
The men then left the pub and officers later carried out a stop of two vehicles, including the car Lambie and Primas were travelling in, on Seven Sisters Road, by Finsbury Park.
They found two kilos of cocaine and Lambie and Primas were arrested.
Hamill was arrested four days later. A search of his Richmond home revealed 15 sets of packaging containing cocaine residue, identical to the packaging found wrapped around the cocaine seized on January 25.
Hamill, 43 pleaded guilty to supply of Class A drugs (cocaine) and was jailed for four-and-a-half years on Friday (September 20) at Blackfriars Crown Court.
Lambie, 48 pleaded guilty to supply of Class A drugs (cocaine) and was sentenced to nine years’ imprisonment.
Primus, 38 has been found guilty of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs (cocaine).
Detective Inspector Pete McDonald, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “This successful operation has seen a significant amount of cocaine removed from the drugs market. Thanks to the dedication of my team, these gang members have been removed from the streets of London and will now serve lengthy sentences.
“Drugs destroy lives and fuel crime and violence in our communities.
“We will not stop in our efforts to robustly target this kind of criminality and I hope the sentencing serves as a stark reminder to those involved in drugs offences.”
Safia Ali was found not guilty as part of the operation at Blackfriars Crown Court on July 29.
- Metropolitan Police