Two hellraising Sheffield University students locked up for trying to cook their TV in the oven while celebrating the end of year exams have been freed.
Daniel Gyi, aged 21, of Thornton Clevelys, Lancashire, and Joshua Charles Hart, 20, of Seabridge, Newcastle Under Lyme, were each locked up for two years at Sheffield Crown Court in February after they admitted criminal damage with reckless endangerment.
Judge Peter Collier, sitting in London’s Appeal Court, said the two highly-gifted students went on a drink-fuelled rampage while clearing out the rooms of their student halls of residence on June 25 last year.
Judge Collier said they hurled their TV set from a top storey window and put the remains in the oven.
When the pieces began to smoke they turned the oven off and put blankets over smoke detectors to prevent the alarm sounding, and delayed raising the alarm and returning to the scene in the hope the conflagration would die down and they would be distanced from what had happened.
Judge Collier said that both young men were of excellent character before the incident and were destined for careers in the law and medicine.
“But the rest of their lives will be dogged by this conviction,” he added.
They had lost their good names due to drink and the desire for thrills, he said, but decided to free them, given their intense remorse.
Both sentences were overturned, with the judge substituting terms of 51 weeks, suspended for 12 months, meaning that they were immediately released from custody.