a BRAWL at a Jamaican wedding has landed three Sheffield men behind bars for a total of 40 years after they were convicted of kidnapping, blackmailing and threatening to kill two city brothers in a revenge racket.
Leslie Noel – described by a judge as a man ‘feared’ in Sheffield – sought retribution when a city man fled Jamaica after becoming embroiled in a disturbance at a wedding on the Caribbean island.
Noel’s pal James Allen was related to one of the aggrieved parties in Jamaica, who was asked to seek revenge.
The pair enlisted the help of Matthew Hibbert and lured their victim to a house on Queen Mary Road, Manor.
They held him hostage, threatening him with a knife and gun and demanded £15,000 compensation or he would be shot dead.
The victim’s brother, who had not been at the Jamaican wedding and played no part in the violence there, was also held hostage by the trio until he volunteered to get them the cash they demanded and was allowed to leave, accompanied by Hibbert, who had a knife.
The brother jumped from the moving car they were in as it drove down The Parkway towards Park Square and a bus driver had to slam on his brakes to avoid hitting him.
The brother raised the alarm and James Allen was found alone in the house.
Four months later Noel visited the brother who had jumped from the moving car and demanded £7,000 in compensation.
Noel punched the brother and smashed up his car but again he managed to run away and raise the alarm.
Police said they were able to charge the trio for both offences thanks to ‘persistent and protracted enquiries, the latest technological advances and data-sharing arrangements’.
The brother who was at the Jamaican wedding refused to co-operate with the police.
Noel was jailed for 16 years for two counts of blackmail and possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.
Allen got 12 years for blackmail and possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.
Hibbert got 12 years for blackmail, possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, kidnap and possession of an offensive weapon.