CRIMINALS jailed in February for Dorset offences include a child rapist, a one-punch killer and a paedophile snared in an undercover police sting.

The courts are continuing to operate and deal with cases, including jury trials, despite the current Covid lockdown.

The list below includes 11 offenders that were put behind bars by judges last month.

Their combined sentences totalled 39 years and six months imprisonment although some of them could be released on licence part way through their time behind bars.

All of the criminals committed offences in Dorset, with the cases heard at Bournemouth Crown Court.

The offenders' names and a summary of what led to them appearing in the dock are as follows:

Mohammed Reza Manafi Tarki

Bournemouth Echo: Mohammed Reza Manafi Tarki, 43, of Surrey Road, BournemouthMohammed Reza Manafi Tarki, 43, of Surrey Road, Bournemouth

Driver Mohammed Reza Manafi Tarki, 43, of Surrey Road, Bournemouth, was stopped in Langley Road, Poole, on April 29 last year by PC Burton.

Tarki, who was driving with a provisional licence, without insurance, without an MOT, with fake number plates, and while the vehicle was SORN, then gave fake details to the officer before driving off, knocking PC Mark Burton to the ground and dragging him along.

The defendant, who pleaded guilty to the offences was given an immediate six-month prison sentence on February 1.

The court heard that PC Burton had been unable to pick up his children when they wanted a hug due to the injuries he sustained.

Stephen Pile

Murderer Stephen Pile walked out of an open prison after he had concerns for his own safety, a court heard.

Pile, who is serving a life sentence issued more than 30 years ago, decided to abscond from HMP Ford in Wessex Sussex on December 23 last year.

The 60-year-old was located at an address by Dorset Police around 14 hours later.

The defendant, of Lampton Gardens, Bournemouth, was handed a three-month prison sentence on February 5, having admitted a single charge of escaping from lawful custody.

Pile received a life sentence at Maidstone Crown Court more than 30 years ago for murder.

Dorset Police said they did not hold a custody image of Pile.

Charles David Moore

A child rapist was jailed for 12 years for a string of sex offences, with a further period of one year on licence.

Charles David Moore was sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court on February 16 after he was found guilty of nine charges by a jury in January.

Moore’s crimes, which were all committed in 2018, included raping a girl.

Judge Brian Forster QC told Moore, 38 and of Bournemouth, he had been convicted by the jury of a “series of serious sexual offences”.

Moore was convicted of five counts of sexual assault of a child, two counts of sexual assault by penetration of a child and two counts of rape of child.

Dorset Police said they did not hold a custody image of Moore.

Benjamin Thomas Wilson

Bournemouth Echo: Benjamin Thomas Wilson, 29 and of Princess Road, FerndownBenjamin Thomas Wilson, 29 and of Princess Road, Ferndown

A motorist fled from police speeding at 80mph through red traffic lights and headbutted a police officer in the groin.

Benjamin Thomas Wilson, 29, of Princess Road, Ferndown, fled from police after they caught him driving a car without an MOT in Crichel Road, Bournemouth, on July 10 last year.

After eventually being stopped, Wilson, who had taken his mother’s car without consent, resisted officers trying to arrest him and headbutted PC Bowes in the groin at the police station.

Wilson pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, taking a car without consent, assaulting an emergency worker and resisting a police officer.

The defendant was jailed for 21 months at a hearing on February 19.

David Merrick Taylor

Bournemouth Echo: David Merrick Taylor, 48 and of Havilland Road East, BournemouthDavid Merrick Taylor, 48 and of Havilland Road East, Bournemouth

A paedophile arranged to meet a ‘mother and her two daughters’ with the intent of having sexual activity had in fact been speaking with an undercover police sting.

David Merrick Taylor engaged in messages with a woman online who he believed was a single mother who had two daughters, aged eight and 11.

Taylor sent pictures of himself and discussed what he wanted to do to the girls before organising a meeting at Bournemouth Pier.

The meeting in January came just days after first exchanging messages with the undercover officer who had assumed the role of the fictional mother.

The 48-year-old, of Havilland Road East, Bournemouth, was then identified by officers and arrested. He was jailed for four years after admitting attempting to arrange or facilitate sexual activity with a child.

Klajdi Kostreni

A man was found to be growing cannabis at a Bournemouth house with a potential annual yield of £600,000 worth of the drug.

Klajdi Kostreni was arrested after police discovered five rooms of the property in Mandale Road, West Howe, were filled with a total of 177 cannabis plants.

The operation was described as "extensive and professional", Bournemouth Crown Court was told on February 24.

The defendant, 21 and of no fixed abode, travelled from Greece to the UK in June or July last year after he believed he had secured legitimate employment earning £3,000 a month in the construction industry.

After a matter of days working on a construction site, he was taken to the Bournemouth house and paid £300 a month to grow the plants after he had been shown how to do this by others.

Kostreni was jailed for six months after admitting an offence of producing a quantity of cannabis.

Dorset Police declined a request for Kostreni's custody image.

Grant Edward Chase

Bournemouth Echo: Grant Edward Chase, 29 and of Commercial Road, WeymouthGrant Edward Chase, 29 and of Commercial Road, Weymouth

A violent burglar who pounded a man around the head with a baseball bat during a "terrifying ordeal" was jailed for nine years.

Grant Edward Chase, 29, also threatened to stab his victim – putting his hand into his pocket and showing him the handle of what appeared to be a knife.

Chase's victim, a man in his 50s who was known to the defendant, needed hospital treatment and was given 12 stitches to his head injuries.

The defendant, of Commercial Road, Weymouth, was sentenced on February 24 after pleading guilty to a charge of aggravated burglary.

The court heard how he was one of two men who entered a commercial premises in Gillingham, North Dorset, around 2.30pm on October 13, last year.

The victim, who was working at the premises and recognised Chase, initially thought it was a joke.

But Chase demanded money before striking him several times to the head with the baseball bat.

After threatening to stab him, the victim was able to push Chase away and run from the premises.

Colin Wayne Gill

Bournemouth Echo: Colin Wayne Gill, 47 and of St Peters Road, BasingstokeColin Wayne Gill, 47 and of St Peters Road, Basingstoke

A burglar broke into a Bournemouth home while the occupants slept.

Colin Wayne Gill, 47 and of St Peters Road, Basingstoke, was sentenced on February 25 after being found guilty of burglary and admitting three counts of fraud by false representation.

The court was told that Gill broke in to the address in Cambridge Road at some time on the night of October 19, 2019, while the family living there were all asleep. He stole a purse which contained bank cards.

The victims were subsequently notified that their cards had been used at nearby stores including petrol stations in Bath Road and Holdenhurst Road with the transactions totalling £48.76.

Gill, who was jailed for three years, was identified by an officer from CCTV of the one of the card transactions.

Devante Durrant

Bournemouth Echo: Devante Durrant, 25 and of Grace Path, LondonDevante Durrant, 25 and of Grace Path, London

Devante Durrant committed a "disgusting" assault on Sergeant Richard Stroud while officers attempted to restrain him at Bournemouth Custody.

Durrant spat at the police officer, told him “now you have got Covid” and then coughed repeatedly.

The 25-year-old was not present at Bournemouth Crown Court on February 25, having "voluntarily absented himself" but Judge Robert Pawson proceeded with sentencing him for eight months.

The court heard Durrant had been taken into a room at the police station to compose himself after toppling backwards but when he became aware that his fingerprints were going to be taken he attempted to run towards the door.

At this point he was taken to the ground and two officers, including PS Stroud, tried to restrain him using "standard and legitimate" techniques.

During the process of being restrained, he spat at PS Stroud before coughing at him.

Carl Stuart Woolley

Bournemouth Echo: Carl Stuart Woolley, 33 and of no fixed abodeCarl Stuart Woolley, 33 and of no fixed abode

A killer was jailed for six years after pleading guilty to a charge of manslaughter.

Woolley, 33 and of no fixed abode, struck 59-year-old Stephen Jeffries with a “forceful jab” at the entrance to the Avenue Road car park late on September 13, 2020.

Mr Jeffries, who lived locally, suffered a “serious and traumatic head injury” due to fall after the punch. He died in hospital two days later.

The defendant handed himself in to police at the scene of the assault the day after it took place.

He was charged with murder, but pleaded guilty to manslaughter, which was accepted by the prosecution.

Judge Brian Forster QC jailed Woolley on February 26 for six years.

Ashley Hickson

Bournemouth Echo: Ashley Hickson, 27 and of West Hill Road, BournemouthAshley Hickson, 27 and of West Hill Road, Bournemouth

Burglar Ashley Hickson was jailed having raided a Bournemouth town centre salon just days after he was handed a suspended sentence.

Hickson had avoided immediate custody in October last year for an offence of conveying mobile phones and cannabis into a prison.

This offence involved the use of drones, Bournemouth Crown Court heard.

However, less than 10 days after not being sent behind bars, Hickson smashed his way into Daim’s Salon in Commercial Road, Bournemouth, at around 5.45am on October 28, 2020. He stole the till and £70 within it before leaving the scene.

The defendant, 27 and of West Hill Road, Bournemouth, was identified from CCTV by a police constable. He admitted burglary and two separate theft matters.

On February 26, Hickson received a four-month sentence for the burglary and two-week and one-month concurrent sentences for the thefts.

The suspended sentence of 18 months was implemented in full to bring the overall sentence to 22 months imprisonment.