While most of us spent December enjoying Christmas with our families, freshly convicted rapists, murderers and thieves from south east London and Kent were put behind bars.

News Shopper, as always, has reported on the sentencing of serious criminals and the stories behind their crimes.

Here's a reminder of some of the most noteworthy cases:

Gary Davis


Gary Davis was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison after he murdered his housemate with a kitchen knife.

The 51-year-old stabbed Gita Suri, 56, at their shared accommodation in Greenwich, which housed adults with mental health issues.

After a neighbour reported a sighting of a body in the garden, officers visited the property, finding the victim partially hidden under a duvet.

Martin Cavanagh


Martin Cavanagh, from Bromley, strangled his estranged wife after she refused to have sex with him "one last time."

His ex-wife, Sophie, was naked when she was found dead at Cavanagh's Chatterton Road on May 20.

Cavanagh, 35, was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 16 years at the Old Bailey.

Nick Wood


Nicholas Wood was jailed for more than five years after being found guilty of sexually assaulting a young girl.

The Stoneleigh paedophile, 52, denied all charges, but was eventually convicted of two charges of sexually assaulting a girl under 13 years old, as well as one charge of causing a child under 13 to engage in non-penetrative sexual activity.

He previously lived in the Worcester Park area and ran the company Bridgewood Builders.

Ibrahim James and Andrew Adekoya


Ibrahim James, 21, and Andrew Adekoya, 22, beat a man to death with a baseball bat outside the South Pole pub in Greenwich.

After an argument inside, Jozef Boci, 30, was chased down by the two men who struck him repeatedly as he lay on the pavement.

They were sentenced to a combined 38 years in prison.

Dean Fowler


Dean Fowler, 43, brutally attacked a woman at a caravan park in Kent.

He stamped on his victim, breaking her leg in three places.

After initially claiming innocence, he pleaded guilty to GBH on December 11 and was sentence to three years in prison.

Adam Yaroo


Adam Yaroo, 32, was convicted of multiple offences, including for stealing a £100,000 watch (pictured) from ex-Crystal Palace chairman, Simon Jordan.

The prolific thief, from Catford, robbed Jordan at gunpoint when he pulled up beside him on a moped.

He was sentenced to 13 years in prison.

Rhys Miller-Offiong


Rhys Miller-Offiong, 24, blackmailed a teenager, using a fake profile to trick her into sending him explicit images, before raping her.

The girl was distressed upon meeting up with Miller-Offiong, after it became apparent he had deceived her about his identity.

He then threatened to send the pictures to her family and friends if she refused to go with him to a Catford home where later he raped her.

Miller-Offiong was sentenced to 15 years in prison.