Masked robbers held a gun to the head of a terrified student and tied their two victims together in a ‘traumatic’ ordeal in Sheffield.
The robbers shoved socks into the mouths of the housemates, and sprayed them with a fire extinguisher in a bid to remove forensic evidence, after breaking into their student house in Walkley.
Martin Gaffoor, aged 36, Lee Whormsley, 37, and 30-year-old Toni Slinn were yesterday jailed for a combined total of 25 years at Sheffield Crown Court after pleading guilty to robbery, false imprisonment and firearms offences.
The court heard their 20-year-old victims were asleep in their house on South Road when one was woken by Gaffoor and Whormsley.
They took his debit card and demanded the PIN code before Gaffoor, holding a gun, told Whormsley to tie up the student with electrical cable.
Upstairs, Gaffoor pointed the gun at the second student and they took his card and code before tying him up with shoelaces.
Both victims were then tied together by their feet downstairs while Whormsley, who produced a knuckle duster-style stungun, started to steal items from the house while Gaffoor left the room to take a phone call.
But after Gaffoor returned and received a second phone call, he put the gun to the head of the first student and shouted that his PIN code was incorrect.
The robbers left the house when another code was provided.
Items were stolen from the house, and money taken from the victims’ bank accounts by Slinn while they were tied up.
Detective Constable Chris Lewis, who led the investigation, said: “The victims suffered an extremely traumatic experience at the hands of Gaffoor and Whormsley, while Slinn waited and took possession of stolen property.
“Hopefully this outcome will go some way to helping them recover.”