March was a tough month for these defendants, who now face a considerable time behind bars.
From violent assault to a person committing historical child sexual acts, Gloucestershire’s courts have been busy locking people up.
Below are some of the most important and noteworthy cases from last month.
Brady Hickman: Rape and sexual assault
Hickman, 32, was arrested in Nailsworth after a member of the public recognised him from a police appeal.
Two days earlier on November 11 last year, he broke in to the home of an elderly woman in Gloucester and raped her.
He was jailed for 15 years at Gloucester Crown Court.
Creighton Muirhead: Indecent assault
Muirhead, from the Lechlade area, is a former headteacher at Ruskin Junior School in Swindon.
He sexually abused a total of 19 children in what was labelled as “a study in the failure of child protection” by the judge. He has been jailed for more than a decade.
Leon Pettigrew: Series of burglaries
Pettigrew, 41 and of Matson Avenue, pleaded guilty to eight offences.
A number of his victims were either vulnerable or elderly, with many in their homes when he broke in.
He was sentenced to 57 months in prison, of which part will be served on licence.
Nicholas Geenty: Possession of cocaine to supply, possession of cannabis and possessing £15,530 as the proceeds of crime
A 42-year-old drug dealer was found with £15,530 in cash and £2,485 worth of cocaine when he was caught on the A419 between Stroud and Cirencester.
He has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.
Myles Cox: Assault causing actual bodily harm
A 23-year-old South Cerney man drunkenly assaulting his former partner, giving her two black eyes and covering her body in bruises.
At the time he was subject to police bail conditions preventing him from seeing her as a result of a previous incident.
He has been jailed for a year.
Jason Potter: Burglary
A prolific burglar has been sent back to prison after he was found to have reoffended within a month of being released.
Jason Potter was sentenced to three years and four months for three burglaries.