Jailed in June: Lincoln criminals behind bars

Lincoln criminals were locked up for a catalogue of serious offences in the last month.

Take a look back and the most notable cases covered by our court reporter in June.


Illegal weapons

Paul Webster.

Lincoln man Paul Webster was jailed for three years for importing an armoury of weapons to his home. Webster ordered a knuckleduster and two stunguns online, but they were intercepted by Border Agency staff.

The stunguns alone could each produce upwards of 8,000 volts.


Drug dealer swallowed evidence

Mafoti tried to run.

Wilster Mafoti from West Yorkshire arrived at Lincoln Central railway station with a delivery of illegal drugs. Spotted on the platform by police, he swallowed a package of heroin and tried to run.

Besides the cannabis, cocaine and heroin in his trouser pockets, nature allowed for the recovery of the swallowed package and police charged him with possession and intent to supply. He was jailed for 40 months.


Abuse library

Matthew Beattie was jailed for 16 years. Photo: Lincolnshire Police

Matthew Beattie from Langworth filmed himself raping and sexually abusing a young girl before carefully organising and labelling his library of footage. In addition to home-made footage, he stored 2,059 indecent images of children on his computer.

He was charged with rape of a child under 13, causing a child to engage in sexual activity, sexual assault of a child and making indecent images. He was jailed for 16 years.


Drug user’s stunguns

Ben Sherwood. Photo: Lincolnshire Police

Drug user Ben Sherwood told police he kept illegal stunguns and pepper spray in his home to protect himself and his family from dealers. One of the devices was able to produce a 30,000 volt shock and had barbs.

Sherwood, who had 40 previous convictions for 89 offences, was jailed for two years.