Rampaging pair have prison terms cut

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Two members of a drunken mob which ran amok through the streets of Sheffield, abusing, threatening, assaulting and trying to rob people, have had their sentences cut by appeal judges.

Liam Khalid Nasser, aged 22, of Malton Street, Pitsmoor and Ricki Luke Pearce, 21, of Pedley Close, Westfield, were each jailed for two-and-a-half years at Sheffield Crown Court for attempted robbery and affray. Judges at the Court of Appeal cut Nasser’s sentence to two years and three months and Pearce’s to a year and nine months.

But Mr Justice Wilkie, Lord Justice Jackson and Judge Brian Barker QC rejected an appeal by Adam Lee North, 25, also of Pedley Close, against his two-and-a-half year sentence for the same offences.

The three men had been out drinking in Sheffield city centre last July 6.

In one unruly hour, members of the public were intimidated, threatened, barged into, assaulted and abused and much of the disorder was caught on CCTV.

They also tried to rob a 16-year-old boy of his mobile phone after accosting him at a bus stop.

All three men appealed on the grounds that their sentences were “manifestly excessive”.

Cutting Pearce’s term the judge said he was of good character, with no previous convictions.

He told Nasser although he had some previous convictions, they were not as serious, or as many, as North’s.

North was told he was lucky to get the sentence he did as he was older and convicted of violence before.