RAPISTS, a church thief and a robber have all been put behind bars in Berkshire last month.

The courts have had a busy February locking up six criminals from across Wokingham, Reading and Slough.

Here are the faces of all of the criminals who have been sentenced for their crimes in June 2021.

The criminal facing the longest sentence is Shahmaan Ahmed with eight years in jail for travelling to Reading to attempt o rape two children.

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Royal Borough Observer:

Shahmaan Ahmed, of Roman Road, London, believed the children to be three and eight years old when he travelled from London in August 2020 and even bought sweets for the youngsters.

The children were not real, but Ahmed, who also brought 'sexual item' with him to the meeting, was arrested by officers from Thames Valley’s Paedophile Online Investigation Team.

He was sentenced to eight years in jail after being found guilty of child sex offences by a jury back in February.


Mark Church

Royal Borough Observer:

Mark Church, aged 45, entered the McColl’s Convenience Store in Scaffell Road, Slough at 6.15am on January 15 last year.

Once inside he forced a female staff member at knifepoint to the back office of the store, where she was forced to hand over the safe key.

Church stole more than £3,750 in cash, cigarettes and stamps.

He was jailed to seven years in prison with a further three years on licence.


Arron Jackson

Royal Borough Observer:

Arron Jackson, 27 of Grovelands Road, Reading, was found guilty by a majority jury at Reading Crown Court on Thursday, April 29.

In 2010, Jackson visited a woman's home in Berkshire to watch a film with her.

The court heard how the victim had fallen asleep and she woke up to find Jackson was raping her. He then left her home.

On Friday, June 25, he was sentenced to six years' and six months’ imprisonment at Aylesbury Crown Court and will be placed on Sex Offenders Register for life.

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Nicolas Bornham-Hill

Royal Borough Observer:

Sindlesham man Nicolas Bornman-Hill was told he will have to pay pack the £22,000 he stole from Wokingham Methodist Church over the course of four years at Reading Crown Court last month.

The 50-year-old avoided jail because he proved to a Judge that he could pay back the cash. 

The Sindlesham man was able to access this cash because he worked as the church’s treasurer during this time.


Piotr Malinowski

Royal Borough Observer:

Piotr Malinowski, of Adelphi Gardens in Slough, will face years behind bars after he launched a vicious and unprovoked attack on his lodgers.

Two women were knifed in the stabbing that happened on December 28, 2020 - one woman stabbed several times in the neck and ear, and the other in the hands and legs.

At the hearing on May 28, Malinowski was sentenced to seven years in prison for two counts of GBH wounding with intent and one count of possession of a bladed article.


Francis Nala-Hartley

Royal Borough Observer:

Francis Nala-Hartley of Edgecombe Roa, Oxford, pleaded guilty to a count of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs at Reading Crown Court on April 26, 2020.

He was found to be in possession of cocaine and heroin and police arrested him on the same day and charged him the next. 

On Monday, June 14, Nala-Hartley was jailed for three years and four months.