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A man who stabbed his victim in broad daylight on a Lincoln estate, and two men who smuggled 31 illegal migrants into the UK, were among those put behind bars in June.

There was also a notable case close to the border in Newark, Nottinghamshire, as food waste recycling company Greenfeeds Ltd was fined £2 million for the corporate manslaughter of two employees that drowned in semi-liquid pig feed. Owners Gillian and Ian Leivers were jailed for 13 years and 20 months respectively, while the firm’s transport manager Stewart Brown was sentenced to one year imprisonment.

Elsewhere, a Lincoln man was also jailed after being caught in an undercover police sting in Ipswich.

In addition, sex offending prison absconder Gary Butcher was charged with escape of lawful custody this month. He appeared in court before being returned to a closed condition prison.

The Lincolnite’s court reporters cover the biggest cases heard in our region every day. Here’s a round up of signifiant cases resulting in prison sentences in June 2022:


Reardon Cronin

Reardon Cronin, 21, was given an extended sentence of seven years and three months behind bars. | Photo: Lincolnshire Police

Reardon Cronin, 21, who stabbed a victim four times during an attack in broad daylight on a Lincoln estate was given an extended sentence of seven years and three months. He was sentenced to five years and three months, and will serve a further two years on extended licence.

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Akan Brayan and Dylan Shwani

Akan Brayan (left) and Dylan Shwani (right) have been jailed for dangerously smuggling 31 Iraqi migrants into the UK via the back of vans. | Photo: Home Office

Akan Brayan from Nottingham and Dylan Shwani from Lincoln were jailed for seven years each after smuggling 31 illegal migrants, including seven children and a pregnant woman, into the UK.

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Darren Russell

Darren Russell was sentenced to four years in prison. | Photo: Lincolnshire Police

Lincoln man Darren Russell stabbed his ex-girlfriend’s new partner in the neck with an eight-inch meat knife during a public attack in broad daylight. The 52-year-old was jailed for four years.

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John Beswick

John Beswick was jailed for 30 months. | Photo: Suffolk Constabulary

A Lincoln father-of-two John Beswick was jailed for 30 months after being caught in an undercover police sting trying to meet a decoy ’13-year-old girl’ for sex.

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David Cummings

David Cummings, 44, has been jailed for two and a half years. | Photo: Humberside Police

David Cummings, 44, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison after stabbing a 25-year-old three times with a flick knife over a £10 debt owed to him by the victim. Half of his sentence is to be served in custody and half on licence.

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Nikola Georgiev

Nikola Georgiev jailed for two years and ten months. | Photo: Lincolnshire Police

Nikola Georgiev, 29, disturbed a mother and her four-year-daughter during a terrifying raid at their Boston home. Georgiev was jailed for two years and 10 months.

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Jonathan Franklin

Jonathan Franklin, 36, was jailed for two years. | Photo: Humberside Police

Cleethorpes man Jonathan Franklin, 36, was jailed for two years after admitting to using a secret listening device to spy on his victim.

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Jake Boyton

Jake Boyton. | Photo: Lincolnshire Police

Jake Boyton, 32, stole thousands of pounds worth of property during a crime spree in South Lincolnshire and was jailed for two years.

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Fionan Lawlor

Fionan Lawlor, 29, was jailed for 16 months. | Photo: Lincolnshire Police

Serial shoplifter Fionan Lawlor was jailed for 16 months after breaching a suspended passed on him for a street robbery in Grantham. He went to a police station and asked to be arrested after going on a crime spree in Lincoln city centre.

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Leigh Cuthbert

Leigh Cuthbert. | Photo: Lincolnshire Police

Lincoln Cuthbert, 34, was seen performing a sex act in public, begging in Lincoln, and refused to move on from areas when directed. He was sentenced to six months in prison after breaching a criminal behaviour order (CBO).

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Joshua Cutter

Lincoln man Joshua Cutter. | Photo: Lincolnshire Police

Lincoln man Joshua Cutter was sentenced for thefts and an assault at local branches of Lincolnshire Co-op and Spar. He was given four weeks’ custody for the thefts, to run alongside his current sentence. For the assault he receive eight weeks’ custody, to run consecutively.

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A judge warned a Spalding man to expect jail after he admitted attempted sex offences relating to five under-age girls.

James Andrew Killner, 50, was ordered to comply with the notification requirements of the Sex Offenders Register after he pleaded guilty to five offences during a hearing at Lincoln Crown Court.

The offences which occurred between January 31, 2019 and February 8, 2019 are in relation to five girls aged under-16.

In each charge Killner admitted attempting to incite a girl to engage in sexual activity, in which he did not reasonably believe she was 16 or over.

Michael Cranmer-Brown, defending, asked for sentence to be adjourned for the preparation of a probation report on Killner.

Mr Cranmer-Brown also asked for a psychological report on Killner to assess the impact of his Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

“The defendant and I are under no illusion to the likely sentence in this case,” Mr Cranmer-Brown explained.

“However, that being said, these offences go back to 2019 at a time when the defendant was in a very poor state mentally.”

Judge Simon Hirst agreed to adjourn sentence on Killner but warned him that “immediate custody is the overwhelmingly likely sentence.”

The judge told Killner: “You have pleaded guilty to serious offences.

“I will as requested adjourn sentence for a psychological report and a pre-sentence report.

“The fact that I have adjourned sentence does not mean that you will not be locked up.”

Killner, of Spalding Common, was granted bail until 12 August when he will be sentenced at Lincoln Crown Court.

The grieving parents of a “socially anxious” teenager who took her own life want better provision of mental health support.

And a coroner has echoed their feelings at the inquest into the death of Tiannah Flaherty, from Quadring.

The hearing at Boston Coroner’s Court on Tuesday was told that Tiannah had anxiety about going to school but denied being bullied.

The 16-year-old had made a file on her phone entitled Before I Die. Heartbreakingly, it was updated on January 25 this year, the day she died at home in Town Drove.

Part of a statement by her parents, Adrian and Georgina, said: “There have been so many thoughts running through our heads.

“Do we try to reach other teens and make them understand the devastation they leave behind and try to prevent them from doing the same thing?

“Do we lobby for a better education system that prioritises mental health instead of putting too much stress on our youngsters?

“Do we fight for better mental health support?

“Everything feels like it’s one size fits all. Sadly, she didn’t fit.”

They added that they hoped Tiannah’s death would not be “entirely in vain” and something could be learned from it.

“Maybe people in the same situation can be educated on what they leave behind as well as ways to cope with their problems,” they said.

“We hope another family doesn’t have to go through this.”

Paul Cooper, senior coroner for Lincolnshire, said he found the statement “moving” and insisted he was right behind them on the fight for better mental health support.

“I’ve done many, many inquests where mental health services have been involved,” he told the couple. “I’m not blaming them per se because they’re not the one with the purse strings. Resources are dealt with by higher bodies.

“Many other families are in the same situation as you. Whatever I or you can do to fight for better mental health support, we should do.”

Mr Cooper urged people to lobby MPs and councillors because, he said, they have the powers to influence matters.

The inquest was told that Tiannah had received specialist care after first attempting to take her own life in May 2021.

She isolated herself and did not want to do such things as socialise with friends outside of school or go shopping.

When asked the “miracle question” – what a preferred future would look like – Tiannah said not having to go to school.

Mr Cooper concluded that her death was suicide.

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