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Locked up: The evil Kent women behind bars and their unspeakable crimes

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Original article from Kent Live

There has been a sharp rise in crimes committed by women since the end of the 20th century.

Despite statistics showing men are more likely to commit violent crimes, there have been plenty of vicious crimes carried out by women too.

Kent has seen its fair share of heinous crimes with women right at the very centre.

Murder plots, sexual assaults and violent attacks have led to numerous women across the county being locked up.

Read more: Thanet vicar was 'invited back' into Church despite child sex abuse conviction

KentLive have compiled a list of the 12 most wicked women in Kent.

The Chartham woman who brutally stabbed her own sister

Phoebe Barton tabbed her own sister

Phoebe Barton was described by the judge who sentenced her to 13 years in prison as "ferocious".

She was grieving for her daughter when she flew into a rage after drinking with her sister, Karen.

Phoebe stabbed Karen 27 times after her sister made a comment about her mental state.

Judge Carey told Barton: "The jury has convicted you of the murder of your sister Karen. On May 8, 2010 you stabbed her with a kitchen knife. This was a ferocious attack.

"Some of the 27 wounds went through bone and deep into her body. You then threw the blade away and left, leaving her to die. Her death, mercifully, was quick due to the severity of her wounds."

The Tunbridge Wells paedophile who filmed herself abusing a child

Kimber filmed herself abusing a child

Kristy Kimber of Tunbridge Wells was caught with a video showing her sexually abusing a young child when her phone was being repaired by a friend.

The 26-year-old had shared videos of the abuse with other people through an instant messaging app.

Kimber, of York Road, appeared before Maidstone Crown Court on January 31, 2019 after admitting to multiple child sex abuse offences.

The court heard how she arranged for a friend to repair her phone but told him to not look at any videos while laughing.

When the phone was inspected, a video was discovered which showed Kimber abusing a child.

She was arrested shortly afterwards.

Officers then seized a second mobile phone which also contained videos of Kimber forcing a child to engage in sexual activity.

Kimber pleaded guilty to six counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, four counts of taking indecent photographs of a child and three counts of distributing indecent photographs of a child.

She also admitted to engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child and sexual assault of a child.

Kimber was sentenced to nine years and four months imprisonment and made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order.

Det Insp Rob Chitham of the Paedophile On Line Investigation Team said: "Kristy Kimber was responsible for the systematic sexual abuse of a very young child.

"She has made a number of videos which clearly show the child in distress and has then gone on to share images of the abuse.

"It is extremely rare for a woman to be responsible for these type of sexual offences, however the sentence passed by the courts demonstrates just how abhorrent her actions were.

"This conviction is part of a wider ongoing investigation by Kent Police involving other suspects who we are linking to facilitating, inciting or participating in the sexual abuse of children."

The cheating wife who repeatedly tried to kill her husband

Hayley Weatherall repeatedly tried to murder her husband

Hayley Weatherall plotted to kill her terminally ill husband Ray Weatherhall, along with his best friend Glenn Pollard and his daughter Heather.

Weatherall and Pollard were having an affair and according to the judge planned to murder Ray because he stood in their way.

The judge said Hayley Weatherall was impatient for her husband, who had brain cancer, to die.

Addressing the role of the junior Pollard the judge said: "You, Heather Pollard, were so desperate for your father's approval you joined this conspiracy with enthusiasm. You were prepared to kill for him."

Ray's niece Emma Worsford learned of the affair and alerted the police, which led to the discovery of hundreds of messages between Glenn and Heather, including plans to kill Ray.

Weatherall, Pollard, and his daughter Heather

The trial heard about a number of events which had previously been treated as accidents, including a set up to be drowned during a fishing trip, suspected poisoning and second degree burns after a swimming pool heater exploded.

Ray was then shot in the face by a sniper at Sandwich Marina.

The trial heard that Heather had fired the gun after Glenn had "brainwashed" her.

Heather's car had been found near the scene – she later claimed she had been in the area having sex with a stranger she met while out dog-walking.

Ray survived the shooting, but the bullet couldn't be removed from his skull because of his brain tumour.

Weatherall, from Ash near Canterbury, and Glenn and Heather Pollard, of Stourmouth, Canterbury, were sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on November 20.

Glenn Pollard received life with a minimum of 17 years while the other two were jailed for life with a minimum of 15 years.

The Ashford 'femme fatale' who enticed her lover to murder her husband

Valerie Brown enticed her younger lover to murder her ex-husband

Valerie Brown was jailed in 2006 after enticing her besotted lover to murder her former husband.

Brown, 51, of Chester-le-Street, County Durham, manipulated her younger boyfriend, who was described by a judge as "extremely malleable", into stabbing her ex-husband Michael Wood to death.

Simon Wright, 34, had cycled several miles from Ashford to a yard where Wood, 48, was working a night shift as a security guard in July 2002.

Wright stabbed Wood multiple times and then attempted to cycle home covered in blood, before police stopped him by knocking him off his bike.

Wright had a low IQ and a judge said if his path had not crossed with Brown's it was unlikely he would have committed any serious offences.

Brown, said to also have a low IQ, denied murder and soliciting murder.

However, the jury of 10 men and two women returned a unanimous guilty verdict on the murder charge.

The former Ashford woman showed no emotion as she was told she would serve 16 years before being considered for parole.

In 2007, an Appeal Court slashed her lover's life term to a 12-year tariff before he can be eligible for parole.

The Sheppey mum who failed to protect her own son

Danny Shepherd and Katherine Cox

Mum of nine Katherine Cox and her boyfriend Danny Shepherd were jailed after her five-month-old son was violently shaken and died from a 'catastrophic' brain injury in April 2016.

Danny Shepherd, 26, lost his temper with baby Eli while Katherine Cox, 33, did nothing to protect him at their home in Minster.

Eli's body was inflicted with multiple bone fractures during his short life – 28 injuries to 19 of his bones were discovered after he died in hospital.

A pathologist concluded they were sustained by the tot being "twisted, pulled, crushed and bent in half".

Shepherd was sentenced to 13-and-a-half years while Cox received an eight-year term in November 2017.

The church goer who was part of a paedophile ring

Monica McCanch was involved in a paedophile ring

Monica McCanch, 55, was jailed for six years for her role in a paedophile ring.

The clinical trials manager was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court in 2007.

She had been married to a grammar school teacher before their divorce and was in a sexual relationship with one of her accomplices Archibald Wood, 60, from Devon.

Along with ringleader Steven Horton, 44, of Sittingbourne, the trio subjected a 12-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy to a horrific six-hour ordeal which included rape, forcing them to perform sex acts and forcing them to watch as the adults had sex.

Their crimes were investigated by Kent Police as part of a global police operation named Operation Starlight.

The trio had met on an internet chatroom when Horton posted an advertisement for paedophiles to come forward.

Wood responded to the post and introduced himself and McCanch.

McCanch and Wood then met up at a Hampshire service station before travelling to a house to meet Horton and the children.

This case was thought to be one of the first where children are offered on the internet in this manner.

McCanch admitted charges of sexual activity with a child and engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child.

She sobbed and blamed her actions upon traumatic experiences she experienced in her 20s.

Det Sgt David Shipley, who led the operation, said: "Public perception of a paedophile is a dirty old man.

"While that is sometimes the case, a lot of those we come into contact with are professional-looking characters."

The knife-wielding sisters who lured a man to his death in Margate

Jwan Surani was jailed for nine years for the attack

A group of three siblings lured a man out of his home in Margate and stabbed him repeatedly.

Jwan Surani, 24, Viyan Surani, 22 and Karwan Surani, 18, travelled from London to Harold Road where they carried out the vicious attack in 2015.

The victim was asleep when Jwan knocked on his door at around 10pm and asked to speak to him outside.

Jwan shouted at him and her sister Viyan grabbed him from behind, while their 15-year-old brother Karwan slashed the victim with a knife and hit him in the side.

The victim screamed for help as Karwan continued to repeatedly stab him in the body before all three fled the scene.

Viyan Surani was jailed for six years for the attack

The injured man managed to get back into the house and his friend called for an ambulance which took him to a London hospital.

The siblings, all of Endlebury Road in Chingford, denied the charge of wounding with intent but were found guilty by a jury following an eight-day trial at Canterbury Crown Court on August 8.

Jwan was sentenced to nine years imprisonment, while Viyan and Karwan each received six years.

The Ramsgate care home worker who sexually abused a teenager

Helen May abused a teenager in her care

Former Ramsgate care home worker Helen May was jailed in March 2018 for sexually abusing a teenage girl in her care.

May, 49, of Hopes Lane, abused the child over the two years she was in her care, but claims she had a "brief relationship" with the victim.

She denied the charges but was convicted of seven counts of indecent assault on a child under 16 following a five day trial at Canterbury Crown Court.

The court heard how May, a manager at a now-closed Thanet care home, abused her victim between 1999 and 2001.

Members of staff discovered details of the relationship in the victim's diary – when she was asked about the entries she denied a relationship with May and it was not until 2016 that she felt able to report the abuse.

May was arrested and eventually sentenced to 12 years in prison on March 12, 2018.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Sue Kingsnorth said at the time: "I hope this 12 year sentence will give the victim some closure.

"She will undoubtedly carry the emotional scars for the rest of her life, yet she showed tremendous courage in reporting the abuse.

"I also hope the sentence will give May time to reflect on her actions. She was employed to look after the children in her care.

"Instead she abused her position of trust time and again, taking advantage of a vulnerable girl for her own sexual gratification.

"Kent Police takes all allegations of sexual abuse extremely seriously, no matter how long ago they took place.

"We have teams of specialist officers who work tirelessly to ensure that offenders do not evade justice.

"I hope other victims of this type of abuse will have the confidence to come forward, safe in the knowledge that they will be treated with the utmost care and understanding.

"I also hope that this substantial sentence shows offenders just how seriously the courts take sexual offences against children."

The Bearsted woman who killed her husband with an axe after he fathered a child with her niece

Wadanahalugeder Chandrasekera, 59, of Bearsted, admitted killing her husband Sarath, 57, after finding out he had fathered a child with her niece.

Mr Chandrasekera filed for divorce which led to his wife discovering he was living with her niece and that she had given birth to his son.

When Mr Chandrasekera returned to her house to see his son on October 22, 2005, Chandrasekera grabbed an axe from the cupboard and hit him with it 11 times.

She was originally charged with murder but her guilty plea to a manslaughter charge was accepted by the prosecution.

After serving nine months on remand, Chandrasekera was given a three-year community order in August 2006.

The Bexleyheath killer who murdered a grandmother with a butcher's knife

Nicola Edgington killed her own mother and murdered a grandmother

A mentally ill convicted killer stole a butcher's knife and murdered a 58-year-old grandmother after making 14 emergency calls pleading for help.

Nicola Edgington, of Bexleyheath, escaped from a psychiatric unit where she attacked Sally Hodkin after her desperate calls were downgraded in importance by the Met Police, an inquest heard.

Six years earlier Eddington, 36, killed her own mother Marion.

She was being held "indefinitely" under the Mental Health Act, but was released three years later.

Edgington was jailed for life with a minimum term of 37 years in 2013 for the murder of Mrs Hodkin and attempted murder of another woman on the same day.

The jealous wife who stabbed her cheating husband in Deal

Deborah Rose stabbed her cheating husband

Deborah Rose, 47, launched a frenzied attack with a kitchen knife on her husband in Deal after he confessed he was cheating on her.

The victim staggered out onto the street and sought help at a nearby pub, where staff called emergency services.

The man suffered a broken arm and stab wounds to his back, leg and arm and was airlifted to a London hospital for treatment.

Rose, of Northbourne Road in Great Mongeham, admitted to wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and was sentenced to six years in prison on Friday, September 14 2019.

The Sevenoaks mum who drowned her son in the bath

Jennifer Taylor drowned her 11-year-old son James in the bath in their home in New Ash Green, Sevenoaks in November 2008.

Taylor was suffering from depression having racked up almost £300,000 of debts when her son’s estranged dad stopped sending money to pay for his upbringing and private school fees.

After drowning her son in the bath, she spent two days lying next to his body.

Taylor then took an overdose and stabbed herself several times.

She eventually called the emergency services and told them what had happened.

She pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility on June 8, 2009 and in October 2009, it was announced she would be detained in a mental health facility indefinitely under the Mental Health Act.

The abusive woman who stabbed her partner in the hand

Juliette Waghorn stabbed her own boyfriend

Juliette Waghorn stabbed her partner in the hand as he tried to defend himself during a disturbance at their home in 2019.

The 53-year-old grabbed a knife from a carving block and after threatening to kill the victim, lunged towards him.

He moved his hands to block the knife, suffering wounds to his right palm.

Waghorn was arrested at the scene and later on during a welfare check on the victim, Waghorn was discovered inside the property in breach of her bail conditions.

She again picked up a knife and after brandishing the weapon at police was rearrested.

At Maidstone Crown Court Waghorn pleaded guilty to charges of unlawful wounding and assaulting an emergency worker.

She was sentenced to 14 months imprisonment and an application was made for a restraining order.

The Margate woman who killed her baby twins

Samantha Ford killed her baby twins

Samantha Ford drowned her children in a bath at their home in Margate on Boxing Day in 2018.

23-month-old twins Jake and Chloe were found dead at the Castle Drive property just months after Ford split with their father Steven.

The court heard that Ford was suffering with acute depression and may have been driven by "revenge" on her estranged husband.

After killing the babies, she drove her Ford Galaxy at about 100mph into the back of a lorry without a seatbelt on in the early hours of December 27.

Samantha and her husband Steven with their twin babies

When police opened doors of her vehicle, she told them: "I've killed my babies. Please let me die.

"I put them in the bath. We were meant to be together. I was going to jump off a cliff but it's too dark."

On August 16, 2019, she was detained for 10 years.

She will complete her sentence in jail after psychiatric treatment.

Ford had denied murder but admitted two counts of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility at a hearing in May.

The twins' dad Steven Ford said he was "devastated, disgusted and appalled" by the sentence.

The Canterbury woman who groped young girls

Emily Sweetland groped young girls

Emily Sweetland, 21, groped women and girls as she passed them on the streets of Canterbury.

In the first case she inappropriately touched two girls on a train, then went on to commit a series of sexual assaults on young girls across the city centre two days later.

She pleaded guilty to 10 counts of sexual assault and one count of sexually assaulting a child under 13.

On June 22 at Canterbury Crown Court, she was jailed for three years.

The mum who put her son in a car footwell before he was crushed to death by her boyfriend

Adrian Hoare was jailed for child cruelty after the death of her son

Adrian Hoare placed her three-year-old son in the footwell of a car before he was crushed to death by her boyfriend with the seat.

Hairdresser Adrian, 24, from Gravesend, was found guilty of putting her son Alfie Lamb into harm's way by placing him into the footwell of an Audi convertible.

Her boyfriend Stephen Waterson, 25, from Croydon, admitted to squashing Alfie by reversing his car seat into him.

The Old Bailey heard how Alfie collapsed on the journey back to Croydon.

Adrian Hoare and Stephen Waterson were jailed for the death of Alfie Lamb

He died in hospital three days later.

Hoare was found guilty of child cruelty and admitted plotting to pervert the course of justice after her son's death.

She was jailed for two years and nine months.

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