The butcher who raped and murdered Hull student Libby Squire and a bus driver who battered his wife to death during lockdown were just two of the notorious criminals locked up in the UK this month.
Other offenders jailed in February include a former church minister who preyed on children using Grindr and a paramedic who raped a woman he had been called out to help.
Two men who murdered babies and a man who strangled his fiancée to death were also put behind bars.
These are some of the shocking court cases that were widely reported in the UK this month.
A prolific paedophile posed as girls online to get young boys to send him indecent images.
David Wilson, 36, is thought to have approached more than 5,000 children from across the globe and left some of his young victims feeling suicidal.
He was jailed for 25 years after pleading guilty to 96 child sex abuse offences relating to 52 victims.
The dozens of victims in the case were all boys aged between four and 14 and the offending happened over nearly four years from May 2016 to April 2020.
Wilson used a series of fake social media profiles to send images of girls from the internet to young boys in exchange for their own videos and images of themselves, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said.
The former roofer then threatened to distribute the images online unless they sent more extreme footage of themselves.
In some cases, he demanded evidence of his victims abusing younger siblings or friends, the agency said.
Wilson, of King’s Lynn, Norfolk, was also ordered to serve a further eight years on extended licence.
His offences included causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, causing a child to watch a sexual act, and arranging or facilitating the sexual exploitation of a child.
Wilson also admitted making unwarranted demands for indecent images of a child with menace, threatening to post an indecent image on social media if they did not comply.
A butcher who raped and murdered a 21-year-old university student in Hull was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 27 years in jail.
Pawel Relowicz, 26, raped Libby Squire on a playing field before dumping her in the River Hull, a trial at Sheffield Crown Court heard.
The married father-of-two was found guilty of murder by a majority verdict of 11 to one after 28 hours of jury deliberations.
Relowicz admitted that he had been out looking for “easy sex” on the night Ms Squire went missing after being refused entry to a club in February 2019.
Mr Squire's friends paid for a taxi to take her back to her shared student house, but she was wandering around the Beverley Road area of Hull in a confused, upset and drunken state in freezing conditions when Relowicz found her, the court heard.
The disappearance of the second-year philosophy student sparked the Humberside Police's biggest ever search operation.
Seven weeks after she was last seen, her body was found in the Humber Estuary.
The jury heard a mass of circumstantial evidence linking Relowicz to her disappearance, despite pathologists being unable to determine how she died because her body had been in the water for so long.
Relowicz, who worked in a pork processing plant, told police five versions of what happened after being arrested, and eventually told officers he had "consensual sex" with Ms Squire only after his DNA was discovered in her body.
He denied killing her but admitted a series of what his barrister called “utterly disgusting” sexual offences in the months before that night, committing acts of voyeurism and stealing intimate items from student homes as trophies.
A paramedic raped a patient in her own home and sexually assaulted another in the back of his ambulance.
Andrew Wheeler, 46, was jailed for 21 years following a month-long trial this month.
The judge branded him a “manipulative sexual predator” who had shown a "belief that he was untouchable and protected" due to his uniform.
In 2018, Wheeler was on duty as a single crew paramedic in a rapid response car when he was called to help a collapsed woman, who was drunk at a friend's house, the court heard.
At the scene, he sent away two other paramedics who arrived together in an ambulance, assuring them he had things under control, then drove the woman to her own house where he raped and sexually assaulted her.
The court also heard that Wheeler sexually assaulted a woman patient in the back of his ambulance in 2010.
Wheeler had previously raped the victim in 2009 on an occasion when she was not a patient.
Wheeler, of Mill Green, Warboys, Cambridgeshire, was sentenced to 21 years in prison, and was made the subject of an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
He was also found guilty of two counts of sexual assault of a child under the age of 13 in respect of a girl who was not a patient.
Iftekhar Khondaker and Irfan Khondaker
Two brothers were jailed over a hit-and-run crash that killed a promising young footballer and left two of his friends lying on the ground with serious injuries.
The incident occurred near Brighton Pier after a fight loud enough to wake guests in seafront hotels.
Suel Miguel Monteiro Delgado, 20, died in hospital after being hit by the borrowed car in the early hours of December 1, 2019.
Iftekhar Khondaker, 34, was jailed for life with a minimum term of 26 years for murder and two counts of attempted murder, while his brother Irfan Khondaker, 27, was jailed for three years after being found guilty of assisting an offender.
The brothers, from Mitcham, south London, were in the car in the early hours of the morning when it sent the three men flying into the air and sped off, their trial heard.
Later that night, the brothers got into an Uber taxi that Irfan Khondaker had called and travelled back to their home in Mitcham, according to the prosecution.
The judge told the court that Iftekhar Khondaker’s intention was to “kill three men”.
The pair had denied the offences but were convicted by jurors after deliberations lasting more than 16 hours.
A 22-year-old man beat a homeless woman to death with a rock as she slept in a church doorway during the first lockdown.
Kieran Rifat subjected Kelly Stewart, 41, to a frenzied attack before dragging her into an alleyway and assaulting her again with a large gas canister, a court heard.
Rifat took his anger out on “gentle and unassuming” Miss Stewart after an argument with her ex-boyfriend, the court was told.
The judge described how Miss Stewart had brought up a family as a single mother before suffering mental health problems later in life.
He said it appeared “the safety net failed and she became a street dweller”, seeking sanctuary outside the church she knew in her early years and where she felt safe.
Rifat, 22, of Grange Road, Plaistow, admitted her murder and was jailed for life with a minimum term of 18 years.
Miss Stewart and Rifat knew each other through local homelessness services.
The court heard Rifat rifled through her belongings and tried to conceal the body before discarding his bloodstained clothes in the flat of an acquaintance.
Much of the murder was caught on CCTV and a trail of blood led officers to the body.
Miss Stewart’s facial injuries were so severe she was unrecognisable, the court heard.
A man who murdered his partner’s baby son by striking his head against a hard surface was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 18 years.
Kane Mitchell, 31, fatally assaulted Teddie Mitchell in November 2019 while they were alone together in St Neots, Cambridgeshire.
Teddie died in hospital 10 days later, aged 12 weeks.
Mitchell, who is not the infant’s father, squeezed Teddie with so much force that he fractured the boy’s ribs and his collar bone, a court heard.
The assault also involved the “violent striking by Mr Mitchell of Teddie’s head against a hard or unyielding surface”, the court heard.
This fractured the boy’s skull and caused brain, spinal and eye injuries, the judge said.
He found that Mitchell did not intend to kill the child but that “in sudden temper and frustration with Teddie” he intended to “cause really serious harm” to him.
Mitchell's defense lawyer said the “spontaneous loss of temper” may have been in response to the child crying, adding that it was not a case where there was an “ongoing catalogue of neglect”.
Mitchell, of no fixed address, was found guilty at trial of murder and of causing or allowing serious harm to a child.
He was sentenced to life in prison and must serve at least 18 years before he can be considered for parole.
Teddie's mother Lucci Smith, 29, who was on the morning school run when the assault took place, was sentenced to a two-year community order.
The judge said that Smith did not call an ambulance until 3pm, after the afternoon school run.
“Her failure to obtain earlier medical help couldn’t have saved Teddie – it could have spared him some pain and suffering,” he told the court.
A former church minister who “preyed on children” using gay dating app Grindr was jailed for four years.
Hugh Graham, 60, talked to at least two youngsters and downloaded thousands of indecent images from the dark web before he was snared by a police officer posing as a 13-year-old boy.
In one message, he said: “I’m hoping you aren’t a gang of blokes trying to trap me. I could get into trouble for chatting to you lol.”
He was arrested in December 2019 at his home in Camden, north London, where police found two laptops, a mobile phone, memory cards and a USB stick containing more than 35,000 illegal images of children as young as three.
Senior prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Paul Addison said: “Hugh Graham was a trusted and respected member of the community who thought he could hide his criminality behind a screen.
“He preyed on children for his own sexual gratification and used Grindr and the dark web to feed his addiction.
“Graham knew what he was doing was wrong and he will now have to accept the consequences of his actions."
Graham admitted attempting to arrange the commission of a child sex offence, attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity, possessing an extreme pornographic image, possession of prohibited images of children, three counts of making indecent photos of children and three counts of attempted sexual communication with a child.
He was also handed a sexual harm prevention order and placed on the sex offenders register.
Steven Brogan and Anthony Reilly
Two men who attempted to cross the North Sea on a jet ski with a backpack filled with £200,000 of cocaine had to be rescued when they ran out of fuel.
Steven Brogan, 36, and Anthony Reilly, 34, both of Skelmersdale in Lancashire, took the jet ski from Suffolk to a pick-up point in the Netherlands to collect the drugs, a court heard.
On the return journey on September 30 last year, the pair approached a survey vessel and “asked the crew for some fuel," the court was told.
Lowestoft RNLI Lifeboat and the HM Coastguard helicopter from Hull helped rescue the men, who were airlifted to hospital in Gorleston in Norfolk after one man began to show signs of hypothermia.
Crew from the helicopter alerted police after becoming suspicious of the men’s behaviour and they were arrested on arrival.
Officers found the men had two kilos of cocaine in a backpack, valued at up to £200,000, the court heard.
Both men admitted to importing class A drugs.
Brogan was jailed for seven years and six months, while Reilly, who admitted to the offence before his co-defendant, was jailed for seven years.
The judge said it was a “sophisticated enterprise”.
Ian Knowles and Ismaila Mohamed
A frail pensioner died after being violently robbed in his flat by two men who followed him home from a pub.
Robert Morrison, 69, who needed a mobility scooter to get about, died in hospital six days after being violently beaten at his home in Kings Heath, Birmingham.
He succumbed to pneumonia brought on by the assault, which had left him with three broken ribs and bruising over his face and body.
Ian Knowles and Ismaila Mohamed, both 20, were convicted of murder by a jury and handed life sentences.
On the night of the robbery, Knowles and Mohamed had been caught on CCTV waiting for hours for Mr Morrison to come out of the pub.
As the pensioner left on his scooter, the pair were then seen heading towards his flat where, just 15 minutes after he arrived, they subjected him to a brutal, violent robbery.
A short time later Knowles and Mohamed were recorded trying to use their victim’s bank card.
When they were unsuccessful, they returned to Mr Morrison’s flat, where they attacked him again.
Knowles was jailed for a minimum of 19 years for murder, with a further nine years for robbery, and one year, 14 days for possession of a knife and cannabis, to be served concurrently.
Mohamed was sentenced to a 17-year minimum term for the killing, with nine years for robbery, to be served concurrently.
A man shot a police officer in the face after stealing a lorry at gunpoint from his former employer.
Howard Jones, 59, was jailed for 12 years and six months after admitting charges of blackmail, robbery, possession of a firearm, false imprisonment, actual bodily harm and assault on an emergency worker.
A court heard how he first demanded £250,000 from his former employer, N&B Foods, after being dismissed for taking cash from the company.
Jones threatened to shoot the son of his former boss Babu Chavda, 75, if he was not handed £50,000 on five occasions.
Jones was later arrested and charged with blackmail but was bailed by magistrates and later bought a BB gun for £88.50.
On June 16, the defendant went to his former employer’s depot, where he pointed the gun at a driver who was returning to the depot in his lorry before forcing the man into the fridge compartment of the vehicle.
Armed officers from Wiltshire Police attended the scene and intercepted the lorry – shouting at Jones to put the gun down and show his hands.
One officer twice deployed his Taser, causing Jones to accidentally fire his BB gun and strike the officer in the face. A second armed officer then shot Jones in the leg.
A man was jailed for turning his car into a “weapon” as he drove at two queuing clubgoers.
Lee Clarke, 23, targeted the pair from behind the wheel of his Volkswagen Golf as they waited outside the Revival nightclub in Rawtenstall, Lancashire, on Christmas Eve in 2019.
Dashcam footage from another vehicle showed the Golf slow down once the victims were in sight and then accelerate.
The car then mounted the kerb and hit the man and woman side on knocking them to the floor.
Clarke later reversed his vehicle into his victims and again sent the woman falling to the ground before he sped off .
Lancashire Police said he was stopped when a member of the public threw a metal gate at the car’s windscreen.
Clarke was sentenced to six and a half years in jail after he pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
He also pleaded guilty to unrelated dangerous driving and assault offences, police said.
A man who murdered his wife after becoming “fixated” on money was jailed for life.
Disability campaigner Jackie Hoadley, 58, was found dead in July last year.
Her estranged husband, Raymond Hoadley broke into her home in Eastbourne, East Sussex, at night and killed her, a court heard.
Hoadley was convicted of murder at a trial and jailed for life with a minimum term of 26 years.
The 62-year-old had “had murder on his mind for some time” and was motivated in part by financial gain, the court heard.
The couple’s wealth amounted to almost £1 million as well as their marital home, the court heard.
The judge said the murder was “brutal and premeditated”, telling Hoadley: “There was clear evidence before the jury of your obsession with money and, just a few days before you killed Jackie, you persuaded her to sign a document which would ensure you would benefit financially to a very significant extent in the event of her death.
Jackie was described as "a very special person" who "dedicated her life to improving the lives of disabled children".
A bus driver killed his wife in the midst of an “intense rage” during lockdown in London.
A court heard how Hussein Egal, 66, battered Maryan Ismail, 57, to death with a hammer, meat cleaver, table leg, pots and pans and ladder.
Ms Ismail’s body was found covered with a blanket at her flat in Edmonton on April 6 last year.
The school cleaner had suffered 70 injuries to her body, with the most severe to her head and chest.
Egal told police she had threatened to throw him out for having Covid-19.
He admitted carrying out the killing but denied it was murder.
The jury rejected his defence of diminished responsibility and found him guilty of murder after deliberating for two hours.
He was jailed for life with a minimum term of 22 years.
Bilal Abbas, Jordan Hamilton-Thomas and Umair Memon
Three men, including a member of Santander's anti-fraud team, were jailed for a sophisticated £90,000 scam.
Bilal Abbas, 30, used his position at the bank to secure the card details of customers while verifying their account details.
He would then sell that information to his associate Umair Memon, 28, who would use it to purchase high value goods by telephone under a fake name.
A third man, Jordan Hamilton-Thomas, 32, would then attend the stores in person, posing as Memon’s son to collect the goods.
Days later the transactions would be identified as fraudulent by the bank and cancelled, leaving those businesses targeted out of pocket.
The men used the details of 21 customers to target 13 different businesses across the country over a 14-month period, a court was told.
Police became aware of the scam after a jewellers in Gateshead's Metrocentre contacted officers to report suspicious activity.
The business was concerned after Hamilton-Thomas visited their store three days in a row to purchase Rolex watches worth more than £14,000.
Abbas and Memon both admitted conspiracy to commit fraud and were jailed for two years.
Hamilton-Thomas admitted conspiracy to commit fraud and assault with intent to resist arrest. He was jailed for two years and two months.
A man murdered his fiancée at their home before ordering drugs and eating takeaway food next to her body.
Madog Rowlands, 23, waited 35 hours before alerting emergency services after he strangled 21-year-old Lauren Griffiths and then wrapped her in clingfilm and bin bags.
A judge told Rowlands his behaviour “defies belief” and described him as a “sullen and self-obsessed manipulator” who harboured thoughts of killing her for more than a year.
Ms Griffiths had survived a previous attempt on her life by Rowlands in March 2018 after she refused to cave into his demands to enter into a suicide pact with him, a court heard.
Ms Griffiths forgave him and they remained together after she decided against pursuing a prosecution.
But by 2019 they found themselves in debt and fell into a “low mood”, by which time, the judge said, Rowlands’ thoughts of killing Ms Griffiths had “resurfaced”.
After strangling his partner, Rowlands ordered drugs to the flat, as well as a takeaway sandwich which he ate while sitting next to her body on their mattress, before wrapping her in clingfilm and bin bags and binding her ankles with tape, the court heard.
Rowlands claimed he strangled Ms Griffiths in defence after she attacked him at their flat in Cardiff, which the court rejected.
He was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 18 years in custody.
A father who “snapped” in a loss of temper shook his defenceless baby daughter so hard it left her with fatal brain damage.
Philip Peace, 43, of Dudley, was convicted of murder and jailed for life with a minimum term of 14 years.
He had been alone caring for his crying daughter when she suffered unsurvivable injuries.
Jurors heard how five-month-old Summer sustained a catalogue of injuries to her tiny body, including multiple bleeds on the brain, bleeding in both eyes and over a dozen rib fractures, during an incident at the family home in September 2017.
Experts testified at trial that she was shaken with such force “her brain rattled inside her skull” and that the bleeding in and around the eyes was “at the extreme end” of what doctors would usually see in such cases.
Paramedics arrived at the address three minutes after Peace called 999, and began efforts to resuscitate her.
Summer was taken to hospital but life support was withdrawn the next day, as it became clear nothing could be done to save her.