People sent to prison for life at Bristol Crown Court 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 this year who received the biggest jail term possible – a life sentence.

They include three convicted murderers and one person convicted of attempted murder. You can read more about why we publish defendants’ names and addresses here. Ages and addresses were correct at the time of sentencing.

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Ionut-Valentin Boboc and Iacob-Bebe Chers, life with a minimum 76-and-a-half years

Ionut-Valentin Boboc (left) and Jacob Bebe Chers (right)
Ionut-Valentin Boboc (left) and Jacob Bebe Chers (right)
(Image: Avon and Somerset Police)

A pair of former abattoir workers convicted of murdering and butchering two men were both jailed for life. Iacob-Bebe Chers and Ionut-Valentin Boboc tricked their way into the Easton home of former workmate Denzil McKenzie, who was with visitor Fahad Hossain Pramanik.

They brutally stabbed both men and arranged their bodies in a scene of horror in Mr McKenzie’s sitting room, Bristol Crown Court heard. Mr McKenzie had been stabbed 23 times, Mr Pramanik three times, and jurors heard the extent of their injuries and how their bodies had been left on “macabre display”.

Boboc, 22, of Abingdon Road in Hillfields, pleaded guilty to murdering Mr McKenzie but denied murdering Mr Pramanik in September last year. Chers, 46, of Whitefield, Hillfields denied both murder charges. A jury at Bristol Crown Court convicted them both of the murder charges they denied

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Dawn Lewis, life with a minimum 20 years

Dawn Lewis
Dawn Lewis
(Image: Avon and Somerset Police)

A Somerset woman who stabbed her lodger to death was jailed for life. It has also emerged the victim had previously killed his wife in front of their two young sons.

Dawn Lewis, 54, was told she would serve a minimum of 20 years for stabbing Glenn Richards, 61, to death at her Glastonbury home. The former yoga teacher had previously claimed she acted in self-defence, but the jury rejected the claim.

The trial, held at Bristol Crown Court, heard 61-year-old Mr Richards moved to Somerset after being released from prison for killing his former wife Karen in 2011. Lewis wanted to evict him from her cottage as the pair would constantly argue.

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Steven Craig, life with a minimum 15 years

Steven Craig, of Brailsford Crescent, York, has been handed a life sentence for murdering his partner. (Image: Avon and Somerset Police)

A man was handed a life sentence for murdering his partner, who died 21 years after he doused her with petrol and set her on fire. Steven Craig, 58, inflicted horrendous injuries on Jacqueline Kirk in a car park in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, in April 1998.

He was jailed at Bristol Crown Court for life with a minimum of 15 years for the “monstrous” attack, in which he acted out a torture scene from the film Reservoir Dogs. A jury at the same court unanimously convicted Craig of the charge, finding the injuries caused by him – including burns to 35 per cent of Ms Kirk’s body – were linked to her death.

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Abigail White, life with a minimum 18 years

Police handout image of Abigail White from Kingswood, who has been found guilty of murder
Police handout image of Abigail White from Kingswood, who has been found guilty of murder
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Kingswood mum-of-three Abigail White was jailed for life after a jury convicted her of murdering her partner Bradley Lewis. White, 24, of Chipperfield Drive, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Bradley in March but pleaded not guilty to his murder.

After a two-week trial at Bristol Crown Court a jury of six women and four men convicted her of murder. Trial judge The Honourable Mr Justice Fraser jailed her for life with a minimum jail term of 18 years.

The judge sentenced White immediately. He told her: “My view is you did intend to kill.”

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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 on 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 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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Can Arslan, life with a minimum 38 years

Can Arslan
Can Arslan
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He was described as “the monster who lived next door”. And Can Arslan was caged for life with a minimum of 38 years.

Bristol Crown Court heard Can Arslan subjected neighbour Matthew Boorman to 12 years of abuse before fatally stabbing him outside their homes in Snowdonia Road, Walton Cardiff, Tewkesbury.

In a brutal rampage of violence that followed, Arslan stabbed Matthew’s wife Sarah when she tried to help her husband. And he admitted trying to kill neighbour Peter Marsden.

Arslan denied murder but a jury convicted him of killing father-of-three Mr Boorman on October 5 last year. He pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of Mr Marsden, GBH to Sarah Boorman and affray.

The Honourable Mrs Justice Cutts told Arslan: “This was a planned, revenge attack to target people you perceived to be behind an injunction on you. A particularly brutal attack.”

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Chanz Maximen, life with a minimum 12 years

Chanz Maximen was tackled to the ground by police after carrying out multiple knife attacks in Bristol in 2019
Chanz Maximen was tackled to the ground by police after carrying out multiple knife attacks in Bristol in 2019
(Image: Avon and Somerset Police)

A Bristol doctor who nearly died when he was randomly stabbed in his home came to court and wished his attacker all the best for the future. Dr Adam Towler was subjected to a terrifying ordeal when teenager Chanz Maximen unleashed the attack in October 2019.

But on the day Maximen was jailed for life, the Clifton -based doctor open up to Maximen and the court about his feelings. And he stressed that he was not upset or angry with him.

Maximen, 19, of Woodland Walk in Sea Mills, was convicted by jury of the attempted murder of Dr Towler, and possessing a kinfe, in October 2019. He was also convicted of the wounding with intent of warehouse worker Wojtek Rozmiarek in November 2019 as well as possesssing two more knives.

Judge William Hart jailed him for life with a minimum 12 years to serve.

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