The Cotswold criminals jailed in June

June was a tough month for these defendants, who now face a considerable time behind bars.

From drug dealers to people committing sexual criminal and violent acts, the courts have been busy sending people to jail.

Here are some of the biggest cases from the last month.

Suzanne Rafferty

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

A Cotswold care home worker who defrauded a vulnerable 92 year old widow out of more than £43,000 has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.

Suzanne Rafferty was working as activities co-ordinator at Jubilee Lodge, Bourton on the Water, when she met a resident who had Alzheimer’s and was receiving respite care.

She forged a close relationship with her and proceeded to plunder her bank account, using her debit card to make daily cash withdrawals as well as buying goods from High Street shops.

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Stephen Stuckle

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

A 52-year-old Cirencester man has been jailed for 20 years for raping a vulnerable teenager and sexually assaulting two young girls.

The judge told Stephen Stuckle of Melmore Gardens, that the hallmark of his offending was his ‘persistence in sexually abusing three highly vulnerable and emotionally fragile young females’.

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Samuel Mantey 


Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

A man whose dangerous drug and alcohol-fuelled driving in the Cotswolds left two people seriously injured has been jailed for 32 weeks.

Samuel Mantey had been drinking and using cocaine the night before setting off to drive from Birmingham to London on September 12 last year.

The 30-year-old collided head-on with two other vehicles on the A40 at Northleach.

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Aaron Morris

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

A 26-year-old South Cerney man has been jailed four years and ten months.

Police discovered £18,000 worth of cocaine and almost £40,000 in cash at his mobile home in South Cerney.

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Simon Ascoli

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

A Cotswold man under police protection claimed he was being attacked by an intruder with a gun but was actually suffering from alcoholic hallucinations.

Thirty Gloucestershire police personnel were scrambled in response – including armed officers and dog units – after Simon Ascoli’s call. His false alarm cost the taxpayer £5,500.

Ascoli was jailed for six months after he admitted perverting the course of justice, leading to the waste of 170 hours of police time and the arrest of an innocent suspect.

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