Former soldier who murdered wife and mother-in-law and 13 of the most shocking crimes in Sussex

A bitter husband who shot his estranged wife and her mother, an armed robber who tried to escape in a police car and a mum who lied about having cancer and stole £130,000 are just some of the most shocking court cases in Sussex in 2018.

Friday, 4th January 2019, 11:43 am
Updated Thursday, 10th January 2019, 2:21 pm
Our newspapers have reported on a range of crimes this year, from murders to multi-million pound fraud
Our newspapers have reported on a range of crimes this year, from murders to multi-million pound fraud

Here is a roundup of some of the most serious crimes and convictions in Sussex in 2018. All sentencing details accurate at time of convictions.

Former soldier Craig Savage may never be released after murdering his estranged wife and her mother in St Leonards. He said he was driven by 'indescribable hatred. He was jailed for life with a minimum of 38 years
Owen Smith, 29, raided a Horsham Tesco with a wheelie bin and carried out a harrowing attack on a police officer, before trying to escape in their police car. He was jailed for 10 years, with an additional four year licence period to be served after that.
Paedophile Russell Bishop was jailed for life after being convicted of the 1986 murders of nine-year-olds Karen Hadaway and Nicola Fellows in Brighton. He was found guilty of the killings having previously been acquitted more than 30 years ago.
John Webber carried out a campaign of abuse against young boys at a children's home he owned. The 78-year-old was convicted of a staggering 26 historic sex offences in Singleton and was jailed for 32 years.
James Poole, 24, stole a car and led police on a lengthy 100mph car pursuit through St Leonards. Poole was jailed for 20 months and banned from driving for four years and ten months.
Asha Dawes, 22, lied about having cancer and faked bank statements so she could steal more than 130,000 from her loving family. The young Goring mum was jailed for four years.
Zahid Naseem, 48, murdered Christina Abbotts in a savage attack at her Crawley flat. The city banker was jailed for life with a minimum of 19 years
Drug supplier Bradley Allen (right) was jailed for 15 years and enforcer Tommy Howlett (left) received a sentence of 22 years for attacking Wayne Heys in Durrington. Both were cleared of attempted murder but convicted of grievous bodily harm with intent.
Peter Bailey, 33, got 11-and-a-half years' in prison for throwing petrol bombs at a Hastings house occupied by a family including two children.
Wayne Marshall, 38, was convicted of the manslaughter of Tracy Patsalides in Eastbourne. He was jailed for 14 years
Hastings man James Hamling, 25, glorified in the abuse of a young girl and sent text messages to a friend about it, a court heard. He was jailed for eight years.
'Cold and calculated' Jesse McDonald, 25, murdered a transgender woman he met online. The killer from Haywards Heath was jailed for life with a minimum of 20 years.
Harley Everest, 23, from St Leonards, is starting a life prison sentence for a series of rapes and other sexual assaults on three vulnerable teenagers.
Chad Naidoo, April Lorenzo, Gareth Griffith (L-R) were part of a group who conned 1,200 people across the world out of up to 4million.