The latest offenders with links to Nottinghamshire dealt with by the courts

This week two brothers – one from Nottinghamshire – were sentenced after killing their younger sibling over a family feud.

One of the two brothers put on trial was 30-year-old Samuel Rogers, who lived in St Michael’s Street in Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire.

The eldest brother, David Rogers, 33, was jailed for life with a minimum term of 18 years after being found guilty of murdering 26-year-old Thomas Rogers.

Samuel Rogers was jailed for nine years for manslaughter at Birmingham Crown Court on Thursday, October 14.

Read about their cases and others who have appeared before the courts here:

Nottinghamshire man racially abused footballers on Twitter

Nathan Blagg, 21, pleaded guilty to posting racist, anti-Semitic and hateful Tweets about football players and fans.

Offensive tweets were initially brought to the attention of Chelsea by a West Bromwich Albion supporter who complained to the club about a Tweet from a Twitter user who referenced Cyrille Regis, the former West Brom and England player who died in 2018.

The Tweets had been sent after Chelsea played West Brom on September 26 last year.

Chelsea then identified more offensive and anti-Semitic tweets posted from the account and passed the information to the Metropolitan Police.

The account was found to belong to Blagg, a Chelsea season ticket holder.



Nathan Blagg, 21, from Retford in Nottinghamshire.
Nathan Blagg, 21, from Retford in Nottinghamshire.

Further analysis of tweets from the account, which was set to “public”, which meant anyone could view the Tweets, revealed racist Tweets about black football players and anti-Semitic abuse.

Blagg posted a series of anti-Semitic Tweets before matches between Chelsea and Spurs on November 29 last year and February 4 this year.

One of his Tweets read: “Can’t beat days like this, can be as horrible as I like and not be judged it’s mint.”

Blagg was arrested at his home address in Retford on Monday, February 8. He was charged by postal requisition in September.

Appearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday, October 8, he pleaded guilty to seven counts of sending by public communication network an offensive/indecent/obscene/menacing message/matter.

He will be sentenced on Friday, November 5.

Newark family jailed after nephew shot uncle during bust-up

Five members of the same Newark family were sentenced after a nephew shotgunned his uncle in the back.

Jeremiah Price, 25, shot his uncle outside his home in Newark on June 17 last year over a business dispute between the victim and Jeremiah’s dad, Rudolph.

The shot came after the 39-year-old victim was attacked by Rudolph, 51, and his nephews, Abraham, 26, Danny, 23, and Samson Price, 18, all of Tolney Lane, Newark, with Abraham hitting his arm and back with a machete.

Other people who were at the scene managed to pull the attackers off the victim before he was taken to hospital by one of his other brothers.

The court heard how, after the incident, Jeremiah went on the run for four months with Abraham, before being found in Carrington, Manchester, where he lived.



Jeremiah Price (centre) Rudolph Price, Thomas Hallissey, Danny and Abraham Price (clockwise from top left)
Jeremiah Price (centre) Rudolph Price, Thomas Hallissey, Danny and Abraham Price (clockwise from top left)

Jeremiah appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on Monday, October 4, where he was sentenced to nine years for causing grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

Abraham Price was also handed a nine-year sentence after he admitted grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of an offensive weapon.

Rudolph Price also admitted grievous bodily harm with intent and was given a sentence of nine years and six months.

Danny Price admitted wounding with intent. He was handed a sentence of nine years and six months.

Samson Price pleaded guilty to affray. He was sentenced to 14 months in prison, suspended for 21 months, and ordered to do 200 hours’ unpaid work.

Also, as part of the wider police operation, 44-year-old Thomas Hallissey, from Tolney Lane, Newark, was sentenced to four years after pleading guilty to one count of witness intimidation.

He is alleged to have gone into the victim’s address and was filmed making threats to kill the victim and his family, which was posted on social media, the court heard.

Man drove ‘like a bullet’ in lead up to M1 crash which killed woman in back seat

Drunk Audi driver Shaun Smith drove “like a bullet” up the M1 and smashed into a slow-moving Range Rover, killing a woman in the back seat.

Former tank gunner Smith, from Sutton-in-Ashfield, had been to a Coalville pub with a friend, where he had up to eight pints, and he later told police he had little recollection of getting into the car or any of the events leading up to the horrific smash.

The Range Rover contained three female friends travelling home to the Bradford area after a weekend trip to London.

A dashboard warning light had come on and the driver, Ayeesha Quereshi, had slowed down to about 48mph.

Smith’s Audi RS4 swerved from the fastest lane, right across the motorway and smashed into the back of it at it travelled in lane one, wrecking the back end of the Range Rover and fatally injuring 30-year-old Saarah Moghul.



Images from Highways England of damage to the surface of the M1 following a crash between an Audi and a Range Rover, September 2020. A driver has since been convicted of death by dangerous driving in connection with the collision.
Images from Highways England of damage to the surface of the M1 following a crash between an Audi and a Range Rover, September 2020. A driver has since been convicted of death by dangerous driving in connection with the collision.

Saarah was taken to hospital but had been left brain-dead by the 98mph impact.

Ms Quereshi’s wrist was smashed in the collision. The third friend, Annum Khan, was asleep in the passenger seat when the collision happened and suffered serious internal injuries that left her still unable to stand two months later.

Witness Kevin Welsh, who was also driving north on the M1 estimated Smith drove past at about 150mph and later told police that the black Audi “shot past me like a bullet going between the middle and the fast lane”.

He added: “I remember thinking, ‘Jesus they must be going at around 150mph’.”

He said he was feeling angry that anyone should be travelling so fast when, about 45 seconds later, he smelled smoke and saw the Audi stopped in the carriageway with flames pouring out of it. The Range Rover was nearby.

Smith, who got out of the burning Audi with only minor injuries, admitted to people stopping to help that it was his fault and that he had drank seven or eight pints before setting off.

Ms Quereshi told police that after the crash, Smith was not helping and was just standing in the motorway staring at her, which she said was “haunting”.

One motorist who happened upon the scene told Smith he was a “p***k” and he replied: “I know, I know, I know.”

He told another motorist he had been travelling “stupidly fast” and when he was taken to an ambulance he told the paramedics: “I don’t deserve to go to hospital, it’s all my fault.”

At the police station, after he’d been treated, he had to ask the officers which direction he had been travelling on the motorway.

When he was told he was going north he said he was probably driving home.

Based on the extensive damage caused to both cars, collision investigators concluded the Audi must have been going at at least 98mph at the time of the impact, which happened just before 11.20pm at junction 23 of the northbound carriageway near East Midlands Airport.

At Leicester Crown Court, Smith, 38, of Westbourne Road, Sutton-in-Ashfield, was jailed for five years and banned from driving for eight years after admitting one charge of causing death by dangerous driving and one charge of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Victim said she ‘didn’t want to die’ after being choked by man

Michael McDonnell was locked up after dragging a woman from her chair and choking her in a terrifying attack.

McDonnell, 40, got in an argument with his victim before things turned violent at an address in Balderton, Newark, at around 6.10pm on July 17 this year.

The victim, who then reportedly blacked out and woke up in the kitchen, attempted to call the police before he threw her phone away.



Michael McDonnell, 40, has been jailed after dragging a woman from her chair and choking her.
Michael McDonnell, 40, has been jailed after dragging a woman from her chair and choking her.

In a desperate bid to escape McDonnell, she then told him that she didn’t want to die and ran out of the front door where she sought help from two passers-by.

She was left struggling with soreness to her neck, finding it difficult to swallow and talk and bruising and grazes to her legs.

McDonnell appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on Wednesday, September 29, after pleading guilty to actual bodily harm and was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

He was also ordered to abide by a restraining order, preventing contact with the victim until further notice.

Man sentenced after stealing bikes from school and gym

Alwyn Hartley – who twice attempted to break into West Bridgford School to steal bicycles – has been sentenced in court.

Hartley, of no fixed abode, appeared before Nottingham Magistrates’ Court to face charges of three bike thefts and one attempted bike theft.

Police say on October 10 he walked into the West Bridgford School grounds, on Loughborough Road, and stole a student’s bike which was left unlocked within the pupil bike shelter.

Hartley decided to revisit the next day, on Monday, October 11, on a bike himself – and again attempted to gain access into the bike shelter. He left empty handed.



Alwyn Hartley, of no fixed abode, has been sentenced after multiple bike thefts - he twice attempted to detal bikes from inside the grounds of West Bridgford school
Alwyn Hartley, of no fixed abode, has been sentenced after multiple bike thefts – he twice attempted to detal bikes from inside the grounds of West Bridgford school

However, less than an hour later, Hartley cycled to nearby Roko Health Club in Wilford Lane – he removed the lock from a person’s bike from a metal bike rack outside. He then peddled off on it while pushing his own bike alongside it.

A spokesperson for West Bridgford Police said: “Hartley was arrested for the offences. In custody, he was further arrested for a previous bike theft in the city in September after being identified as the offender.

“Hartley was subsequently charged and remanded for all offences of theft and at court received a 12-week sentence, suspended for 12 months.”

‘Violent and controlling bully’ locked up for stalking woman

Raheeb Ibrahim, 25, of Redhill Lodge Drive, Redhill, terrified his victim for three months by stalking her and threatening her when she did not reply to his messages.

Ibrahim would bombard the woman with text and social media messages demanding to know where she was at all times.

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The situation escalated on New Year’s Eve 2020 when Ibrahim flew into a rage and accused his victim of flirting with another man.

He then pushed her to the floor and grabbed her around the neck with both hands.



Raheeb Ibrahim stalked and abused the woman over a three-month period
Raheeb Ibrahim stalked and abused the woman over a three-month period

He later followed the victim in a hire car and she left her home and demanded that she “get in the car”. The confrontation caused the woman to flee in panic.

During the three month campaign of abuse, Ibrahim would regularly demand to know where his victim was and would then video call her to check on her location. If she did not answer he would become aggressive.

He was finally arrested on January 18, when he was pulled over in his car and found in possession of cannabis.

At first, he denied all the allegations of abuse against him and said the woman was making them up.

However, he later pleaded guilty to four offences. These were stalking with fear of violence, assault by beating, engaging in controlling and coercive behaviour, and possessing cannabis.

At a hearing at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday, October 8, Ibrahim was jailed for two-and-a-half years. He was also handed a restraining order preventing him from contacting his victim for five years.

Man threatened to throw acid in woman’s face after assault

Ricky Pritchard was locked up for assaulting a woman and threatening to throw acid in her face.

Pritchard, aged 38, entered the victim’s home address in Ollerton, at around 4pm on August 15, 2021, and refused to leave before assaulting her several times.

One day later he returned to the same address where he threatened to throw acid in her face.

Pritchard, of Ravensworth Road, Bulwell, again refused to leave his victim’s home and grabbed her around the neck before slapping her across the face.



Ricky Pritchard, pictured left, was sentenced at Nottingham Magistrates' Court
Ricky Pritchard, pictured left, was sentenced at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court

In an attempt to stop the woman from calling the police, he then took her mobile phone and grabbed the keys to her car, leaving her to run to her neighbour and ask them to call the police.

Prichard was later found in his car by police 20-miles away in Bulwell, where he was found to have bene driving whilst disqualified and also under the influence of alcohol.

He later admitted to two counts of harassment, taking a motor vehicle without consent, driving whilst disqualified, driving without insurance, and drink driving.

He was also found guilty of assault by Nottingham Magistrates’ Court, where he was jailed on October 8, for 10 months.

Brothers sentenced after killing their younger sibling over family feud

Two brothers were jailed over the killing of their younger sibling who was stabbed in the heart following a family feud.

One of the two brothers put on trial was 30-year-old Samuel Rogers, who lived in St Michael’s Street in Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire.

The eldest brother David Rogers, 33, was jailed for life with a minimum term of 18 years after being found guilty of murdering 26-year-old Thomas Rogers.

Samuel Rogers was jailed for nine years for manslaughter at Birmingham Crown Court on Thursday, October 14.

A four-week trial was told a stab wound penetrated Thomas Rogers’ heart when he was attacked while sitting in the passenger seat of a car in Mill Pool Way, near Birmingham’s Bristol Road, on August 22 last year.



Left to right: Samuel Rogers and David Rogers.
Left to right: Samuel Rogers and David Rogers.

The killing, which took place a day after windows were smashed at Samuel Rogers’ Nottinghamshire home, was said to have been motivated by a feud sparked by a “number of reasons”, which led to the victim falling out with several relatives.

Passing sentence on Thursday, Judge Melbourne Inman QC told the men: “You are brothers and the victim was your younger brother.

“Thomas was only 26 years of age when he was killed, with much of his life before him.”

The judge, who told Samuel Rogers he would have to serve two-thirds of his nine-year term before being considered for parole, accepted all three brothers had had a difficult childhood.

He also accepted David Rogers had not intended to kill his brother and Thomas’s actions towards their mother had contributed to the rift within the family.

But he told David and Samuel Rogers, who are currently sharing a jail cell: “You were both armed with large knives. This was a determined attack which you, David, had travelled a considerable distance the day before to commit.”

At the start of the trial, prosecutor Michael Burrows QC told the court: “David Rogers told the police he wasn’t involved in killing his brother – that he was elsewhere.

“That was a lie and I understand he has now changed his account and accepts he had a knife and accepts that he unlawfully killed his brother, but didn’t intend to kill him or cause really serious injury.”

Jurors were told Samuel Rogers accepted he was armed with a knife but claimed he was unaware his older brother had harmed anyone.

Still images from CCTV cameras at a care home were shown to the jury, including one of a Ford Ka which blocked the path of the black Vauxhall Astra Thomas Rogers was sitting in.

Jurors also heard that the victim was pronounced dead in hospital shortly after being stabbed, and that David Rogers, of Nora Street, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, was arrested in a wooded area in Haltwhistle, Northumberland.



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