Jailed in July: Rapist who struck over three decades and rapper knocked out in fight


CoventryLive is naming and shaming criminals from the city locked up in July.

We’ve managed to gather as many mugshots as possible of criminals from Coventry and Warwickshire who were jailed for a range of offences over the past month.

The crimes vary from a string of rapes up and down the country to hiding drugs in a toilet at Pool Meadow bus station, with prison sentences ranging from 12 weeks to life imprisonment.

They include:

Phillip Blackwell

Blackwell was jailed for life for more than 31 sex offences committed over a 22-year period, including an attack in Warwickshire.


His horrific crimes included rape, sexual assault and voyeurism and took place in Nuneaton, Birmingham and Cornwall, and date back to 1997.

He was finally caught and brought to justice, and Blackwell, 56, was this month jailed for life and told he will serve a minimum of nine years after admitting his reign of terror.

In a heart-wrenching statement following his imprisonment, the victim of his Nuneaton – who was just 18 when Blackwell raped her as she walked home alone in Weddington on May 30, 1998 – said: “The past 22 years have by no means been easy. This changed me forever. To know that this man has done what he done to so many over the years sends sickness to the core.

“His brutal acts forever replayed in his victims minds. Shattering people into tiny pieces and having to learn how to fix yourself back together the best you can whilst living with the demons in your own head.”

You can watch the moment Blackwell was arrested below:

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Thug who spat in officer’s eye

The video below shows the shocking moment a “vulgar thug” spat in a police officer’s eye.

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Temisan Oritsejafor, 41, was locked up for eight months for the attack on PC Annie Napier at a block of flats in Coventry, which came in the middle of the Covid-19 crisis.

Oritsejafor was on bail at the time of the attack, in Attoxhall Road, for assaulting another police officer just weeks before and was sentenced for both crimes at the start of July.

Mark Conway

Mark Conway, of no fixed address, was jailed raping and falsely imprisoning a woman in Nuneaton.
Mark Conway, of no fixed address, was jailed raping and falsely imprisoning a woman in Nuneaton.

Conway was jailed for over a decade for false imprisoning and raping a woman in Nuneaton.

Following the “horrifying attack”, Conway went on the run and was eventually found by an unsuspecting charity as he slept in a tent in Derbyshire.

It was only as the charity volunteers tried to get him somewhere to stay that his true identity came to light and police were able to arrest him.

The 53-year-old admitted the offences and was given an extended jail sentence which consists of 10-and-a-half years behind bars

He will have to serve at least two-thirds of his sentence before the Parole Board will even consider his release – and may not be freed until he has served the whole sentence.

Once he is released, Conway, who has to register as a sex offender indefinitely, will remain on licence and at risk of being recalled to prison, for the rest of the 10-and-a-half years and then for a further seven years.

Samba Faal

This gang member was knocked unconscious as knife gangs clash at the busy Resorts World shopping centre.

Faal, who is a member of street gang 23 Drillas who record drill music, was in one of two groups who traded punches and knife blows after bumping into each other by chance.

Samba Faal from Coventry

As they clashed, Faal, from Coventry, was punched to the ground and knocked out, before two men from the other group jumped on him.

The 21-year-old was jailed earlier in the year for his part in the violence, but the full details were not released until this month when finally all five of the men involved had been put behind bars.

West Midlands Police also released footage of the incident which you can watch below:

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Violent robber

Scott Bowman

A Coventry man who evaded capture for over a year was finally jailed for his part in a series of violent robberies.

Scott Bowman was part of a gang which targeted shops across the Midlands in 2018 – they were armed with crowbars and on one occasion tied up staff with cables before getting away with £13,000, stamps and lottery cards.

And, while five people were convicted for their involvement in the robberies last year, Bowman fled to London in December 2018 and wasn’t found until January this year – back in Coventry.

Bowman, 30, of Sewall Highway, pleaded guilty to two robberies on the second day of his trial and was sentenced to 15 years in prison, with an extended five-year licence period.

The other members of the gang were sentenced to a combined total of almost 60 years in prison – plus extended periods on licence.

You can read the full story here.

Michael Crews

Michael Crews from Exhall has been jailed for 20 years after pleading guilty to 27 child sex offences. The offences occurred between 1996 and 2016 in Exhall and Bedworth

Crews was given a 20-year sentence for abusing children as young as six.

Described by police as an “extremely dangerous man”, Crews admitted 27 child sex offences involving eight children, all under the age of 11.

The offences took place between 1996 and 2016 in Exhall and Bedworth.

Warwickshire Police launched an investigation in 2018 when two men came forward and said they were abused by Crews when they were young boys.

The investigation uncovered the full extent of his offending and the paedophile, now aged 71, admitted crimes including indecent assault and on assault by touching.

Detective Constable Karl Roberts said: “Crews’s victims have shown immense bravery in coming forward and supporting this investigation after such a long time.

“I hope they can take some comfort from this sentence and I hope it gives other victims of sexual offences, no matter when they occurred, the confidence to come forward.”

Carly Lane

Lane, 31, assaulted two police officers in Rugby during lockdown.

Carly Lane, 31, of St Andrew’s Crescent

Officers were called to reports of a disturbance and attempted to help Lane, who punched two police officers in the face before spitting blood at them.

She pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court and was jailed for five months for assaulting an emergency worker.

Chief Superintendent Ben Smith, head of local policing for Warwickshire Police, said: “At a time when everyone is working hard to prevent the spread of coronavirus, putting officers at risk in this way is totally unacceptable.

“Anyone who thinks it is acceptable to attack officers in this way should understand the consequences they face.”

Ryan Clarke

Ryan Clarke
Ryan Clarke

Police spotted wanted man Ryan Clarke on the streets of Coventry and he was in prison less than 24 hours later.

He was wanted over an assault in the city and was arrested, charged and in the dock at Coventry Magistrates’ Court in no time after being spotted in Foleshill on July 20.

Clarke, 25, admitted attacking his female victim who was punched and pushed in to a lamppost and a vehicle, and was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison and also made subject of a restraining order.

Ahmed Habarugira

This “prominent” drug dealer was jailed for over five years after trying to hide heroin and crack cocaine in a public toilet at Pool Meadow bus station after being stopped by police.

Ahmed Habarugira – who also goes by the name Wheezy – was already on bail on suspicion of drugs offences when he was stopped by officers in the city centre.

Ahmed Habarugira

He was breaching his bail conditions by being at the bus station and was taken to the nearby cubicle for a full search due to suspicions he had drugs.

Habarugira was discovered with no drugs on him but a blue ball consisting of heroin and crack cocaine was found next to a toilet brush.

The 27-year-old claimed ignorance but body-worn camera footage showed he had thrown it from his back pocket as the search began.

Habarugira, from Wood End, pleaded guilty to four counts of possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply.

Cornelius Connors

Footage shows the moment Connors attempted to steal CCTV at the scene of one of his distraction burglaries.

The Solihull man targeted properties across the West Midlands, West Mercia and Nottinghamshire, and would claim to be from the water board and once inside, would turn on the taps, or ask residents to check the meter – while he ran upstairs and raided bedrooms.

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On other occasions, he would claim to be from the council or an engineer.

He stole thousands of pounds in cash from victims, along with sentimental items and jewellery.

CCTV captured the movements of the 49-year-old, and one property even had the incident recorded, thanks to HD cameras installed inside.

Connors attempted to steal the recording equipment, but officers from West Midlands Police were able to download the footage from a central database.

In total, Connors pleaded guilty to 11 distraction burglaries and was sentenced to eight years for each offence, all of which will run at the same time.

Read the full story here.

Anthony Connors

Anthony Connors
Anthony Connors

The burglar committed a spate of burglaries over a three-day period in Warwickshire in September 2019.

He appeared at Warwick Crown Court this month where he pleaded guilty to burgling houses in Leamington, Rugby, Stretton-on-Dunsmore, Atherstone and Coleshill.

Connors was jailed for three years and nine months.





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