Berkshire criminals locked up in July (and their jail time)

RAPE, threats to kill, drug dealing and more — these are some of the offences criminals from Berkshire have been locked up for over the past month. 

Prison terms handed to the crooks range from a little as six weeks to as long as 17 years. 

Those in the dock at Reading Crown and Magistrates’ Courts come from all over the county and here are their names and faces.

Barry Gosney

33-year-old Gosney, of no fixed abode, was jailed for six weeks after being caught red-handed trying to steal a bike at Reading Station. 

Officers caught the thief with a pair of wire cutters and he was arrested. 

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Appearing at Reading Magistrates’ Court on July 12, Gosney was found guilty of theft and sent to prison for six weeks.


Adam Leicester

Appearing via live link from prison at Reading Crown Court last month, Leicester was sentenced to 38 months behind bars after threatening to kill his partner and putting a scalpel to her neck. 

The 24-year-old, formerly of Northumberland Avenue, Reading, gave his victim black eyes and scratches on the neck after he “went mad” with his girlfriend, who he had been in a “stormy” relationship with for five months.

Slough Observer:

Leicester then discovered she had been talking to another man and put a scalpel to her neck and told her she needed and deserved to die, prosecutor Charles Digby said.


Mervyn Harvey

Finchampstead man Harvey will spend the next 17 years in jail after he was sentenced at Reading Crown Court for a dozen sexual offences.

These included indecent assault, rape, and indeceny with a child. 

Harvey, 62, of Kiln Ride, was in court at the start of the month. 


Izmir Shehi

21-year-old Shehi launched a ‘vicious’ attack on a man on Friar Street in Reading on New Year’s Day this year. 

Police said he approached his victim from behind and punched him to the back of the head which caused the victim to fall over.

Shehi went on to kick and stamp on the victim’s head while he lay unconscious in Friar Street.

Slough Observer:

Formerly of Crockenhamwell Road, Woodley, the thug will spend the next four years in jail.


Gulfraz Ali and Luke Finlay

Four years is how long these dealers will spend in the slammer after using a car park near a hospital to sell drugs.

Ali, 28, of Wellesley Road, Slough and Finlay, 22, of Tudor Way, Windsor, had pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy to supply class A namely cocaine, conspiracy to supply class B namely cannabis, and money laundering.

Slough Observer: Ali (left) and Finlay (right)Ali (left) and Finlay (right)

Investigating officer, DC Rebecca Stevens, based at Maidenhead police station, said: “Thames Valley Police does not tolerate drug dealing in our communities.”


Warren Grice and Reuben Barnett

The Slough duo will spend up to nine years in jail together after a Thames Valley Police sting.

Warren Grice, 53 from Bath Road, Slough, was stopped by police on June 6, 2021 and searched.

Slough Observer: Grice (left) and Barnett (right)Grice (left) and Barnett (right)

Officers found two knives as well as cocaine and heroin estimated to be valued at £650 in his car.

They then searched Reuben Barnett’s (42) property on Frimley Drive, where crack cocaine worth £25,500 was seized, as well as heroin worth £3,600.


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