These criminals will be ringing in the new year behind bars thanks to the relentless work of the police, supporting agencies and the bravery of their victims. All information on the cases come from either Sussex Police or our reporters attending court first-hand.
5. Glenn Waters, no fixed address
A collaborative effort from agencies across Sussex brought prolific offender Glenn Waters to justice. The 34-year-old, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to five counts of criminal damage in Shoreham between October 15 and 16, two counts of stalking involving fear of violence on September 27 and October 16, and one count of theft from a motorcycle on October 16. He was also convicted of one count of assault in Hove on January 24, 2019, for which he had failed to appear at court on November 12 last year. He was arrested on the A27 near Emsworth on November 24 after missing the court hearing. Waters was jailed for 42 weeks on November 30. Detective Sergeant Stuart McAdams of West Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit said: "Glenn Waters is no stranger to us, having been convicted of a number of other offences in the past few years. This outcome was the result of a big team effort across the force in West Sussex, including CID, response officers and our intel team as well as the SIU
6. Ian Bryan, St Leonards
Fifty-eight-year-old Ian Bryan was jailed for 14 years after stabbing a 17-year-old boy in St Leonards. Bryan, of St Margaret's Road, was involved in an altercation in his home road around 9.26pm on April 22. His two victims, aged 17 and 32, were staying next door while working in the area. Earlier, the group argued after Bryan challenged them for being there during lockdown and, after they left at 8pm, Bryan called the police to report them for breaching Covid-19 regulations. Shortly after 9.26pm, Bryan banged on their front door and attacked the 17-year-old when he answered, causing a serious wound to his neck. The second victim fought him off and also suffered a minor injury to his leg. The victims ran outside and called an ambulance. Police and paramedics attended. Bryan was found in possession of two knives and after refusing to drop them, was tasered and arrested. He was found not guilty of two counts of attempted murder, but guilty of wounding with intent and attempted wounding with intent.
7. Jayesh Gobar, Crawley
Jayesh Gobar, 36, of Moorland Road in Crawley, was found guilty of murdering Nelly Myers in a 'vicious and sustained attack'. On December 18, 2019, police forced entry into 58-year-old Nelly's home in Rotherfield after her son raised the alarm she had not replied to phone messages. They found Nelly's body in the hallway, having suffered multiple injuries including blunt force trauma to her head, neck and chest. Witnesses said they had heard shouting from the address and Gobar, Nelly's on-off partner, was arrested the following afternoon. His clothing was found to have Nelly's blood on them, The court heard Gobar had been in Nelly's home prior to her death, when an 'altercation' occurred. After bludgeoning her to death, he called a taxi to take him home. Gobar was sentenced to life in prison, to serve a minimum of 27 years, after a jury unanimously found him guilty at Hove Crown Court on December 16.
8. Kyle Searle, Horsham
Kyle Searle, 31, of Peary Close in Horsham, was jailed for three years over drug offences. On March 21, 2019, officers on patrol saw Searle carry out a drug deal in an alleyway between Park Way and Park Place. He was arrested at his home on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a class B drug (cannabis), but a property search found a variety of class A drugs. He was further arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a Class A drug (cocaine), possession of a Class A drug (MDMA) and possession of a Class B drug (Amphetamine). Drugs with an estimated street value between £16,000 and £17,450 were seized. He pleaded guilty to all four offences and sentenced to 31 months in prison at Lewes Crown Court on November 26. While out on bail, he was caught dealing drugs and arrested again on June 12, 2020. Another search of his home found cannabis and cocaine worth up to £5,460. He had another five months added to his sentence.