Locked up: The biggest jail terms in Bristol so far in 2022

Court reporting forms an important part of the UK’s open justice system. It is a case of justice being seen to be done.

Some of the key benefits of open justice include ensuring public confidence and respect in democracy and the administration of justice. It also serves to deter people from committing crimes and thereby the details of those crimes becoming public knowledge.

Here are the criminals who we have reported on from January to June this year who received the biggest jail terms .You can read more about why we publish defendants’ names and addresses here.

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Collin Reeves, life with a minimum 38 years

Collin Reeves
Collin Reeves
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Ex-soldier Collin Reeves was given a life sentence in prison at Bristol Crown Court (Tuesday, June 21) for murdering his next-door neighbours in Norton Fitzwarren last November.

The former commando was found guilty of murder by jury verdict on Friday (June 17), the eighth day of his trial. Reeves had previously admitted to manslaughter but claimed diminished responsibility in relation to his neighbours’ deaths.

However, the jury voted unanimously to convict the 35-year-old of fatally attacking Jennifer and Stephen Chapple after a long-standing parking dispute. He stabbed them each six times with a ceremonial Army dagger while their children slept upstairs.

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Gang of four, 40 years

Shane King, Ky-Shan Muir, Jonathan Markland and Ilyaas Skinner.
Shane King, Ky-Shan Muir, Jonathan Markland and Ilyaas Skinner.
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Four men were jailed for a combined total of more than 40 years after an attempt to steal cash and drugs from a dealer ended in serious injury.

Ky-Shan Muir, Jonathan Markland, Shane King and Ilyaas Skinner attempted to gain access to a property on Ivy Lane, Weston-super-Mare on January 31, 2021. They appeared for sentencing at Bristol Crown Court on Friday (May 27) on multiple offences.

The four defendants drove from London to Weston-super-Mare on the day in question to break into the home of Connor Browning, who had amassed more than £30,000 in cash, drugs and designer clothes.

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Paedophile gang, 32 years and six months

Clockwise from top left: Grant McGill, Brian Parker, Derek McBride and Tim Dale
Clockwise from top left: Grant McGill, Brian Parker, Derek McBride and Tim Dale
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A group of men convicted of the historical sexual abuse of two young girls were jailed for a total of 32 years and six months.

Three of the four denied wrongdoing and were convicted after a trial. A fourth admitted his guilt.

Bristol Crown Court heard the girls were subjected to intimate assaults, in a location near Bristol, from when one was aged as young as seven. The court was told they were groomed and manipulated by offenders years older than them.

Tim Dale, 42, of Eleanor Close, Twerton, was found guilty of two indecent assaults on one girl. The court heard he was fit to stand trial but was intellectually impaired.

Grant McGill, 41, of Mill Road, Radstock, was found guilty of 35 charges on one girl. These comprised of 26 indecent assaults and nine indecency with a child charges.

Brian Parker, 48, of Benjamin Road in Wrexham, was found guilty of eight charges. These comprised of an indecent assault of one girl and seven indecency charges relating to the other. He admitted downloading 38 indecent images of children from the internet.

Derek McBride, 62, of River Street, Bath, pleaded guilty to four indecent assaults and one charge of gross indecency. The charges related to both girls.

Judge Mark Horton sentenced the men thus: McGill, 16 years, eight weeks; Parker, 12 years (nine years jail with three years’ extended licence); McBride, two years, six months; Dale, two years, suspended for two years.

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Mario DiMaggio, 14 years

Mario DiMaggio

A 47-year-old man was jailed for 14 years after being convicted of rape and sexual assaults following a trial at Bristol Crown Court.

Mario DiMaggio, of Jacobs Wells Road, Bristol, was found guilty by a jury of two counts of rape and 12 counts of sexual assault, with all the offences committed against one woman in early 2019.

Trial judge William Hart called DiMaggio “predatory” in his behaviour, as he sentenced him to the prison term at a hearing earlier today (March 14), as well as to a life-time restraining order. He will also be placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.

The offences were reported to the police in February 2019

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Romaine Hyman, 26 years

Romaine Hyman, from Bath
Romaine Hyman, from Bath
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A man from Bath who organised the supply of at least £3million worth of cocaine to the South West and boasted to his contacts that his gun had “a silencer…the whole shebang” has been jailed for 26 years.

Romaine Hyman, 30, previously of Portland Place, Bath, was found guilty of 18 offences at Bristol Crown Court on Tuesday (February 15) and was sentenced today (February 18).

Hyman became a key target in a South West Regional Organised Crime Unit (SW ROCU) investigation following Operation Venetic, the UK law enforcement response to the takedown of encrypted messaging service EncroChat.

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Daniel Bishop, 14 years and eight months

Daniel Bishop

A “depraved” Emersons Green man drugged a woman so he and others could rape her.

Daniel Bishop obtained the GHB “date rape” drug from a Dutch website, Bristol Crown Court was told.

After slipping it into her drink he forced himself on her while she was unconscious and broadcast the abuse via the internet.

And he also arranged for other men to similarly abuse her, the court heard.

Bishop, 43, pleaded guilty to three rapes, three attempted rapes, a sexual assault and administering a noxious substance.

Judge James Patrick, who categorised him as a dangerous offender, jailed him for 14 years and eight months with extended licence of eight years.

He told Bishop: “You fall to be sentenced for a set of depraved offences.

“What you did is, in my judgement, degrading and humiliating.”

The judge ordered Bishop to register as a sex offender for life and barred him from working with children and vulnerable adults.

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