A man died after attempting to rob two Sheffield drug dealers in a bungled raid which cost him his life, a court heard.
Darren Broadbent, 35, of Grindlow Avenue, Boythorpe, died after trying to rob other dealers who had come to Chesterfield from Sheffield to sell drugs, a court heard.
Nottingham Crown Court heard Mr Broadbent turned up at a flat the Grangewood flat with golf clubs, a mask, knuckle dusters and a crowbar at 6.30am on August 1.
The robbery was the brainchild of Mr Broadbent's fellow dealer, Susan Shaw, 45, of Thorntree Court, Grangewood, who was sentenced on Monday to six years in prison for conspiracy to commit robbery.
Originally interviewed as a witness, Shaw later admitted sending a text message to Mr Broadbent suggesting the robbery. In the text, Shaw wrote: “Dazza - got a really good graft. Some brown and white in the flat tonight. Could you get a lad you could trust?”
Shaw - who was living at the flat at the time - had told him the Sheffield teenagers Jaiden Browne-Evans, of Beaver Hill Road, Woodhouse, and a 15-year-old boy who cannot be named for legal reasons, would have between £800-£1000 worth of drugs or money with them.
Mr Broadbent broke down two doors leading to the flat’s living room but in an ensuing struggle was fatally wounded, it emerged at Nottingham Crown Court.
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Judge Gregory Dickinson said the charges had been dropped as it could not be proved who wielded the knife and inflicted the stab wound to Mr Broadbent.
He added that it was also the view of the prosecution that it would be impossible to counter arguments of self-defence in this case.
In passing sentence on Shaw, Judge Dickinson told her: “You set in chain this terrible sequence of events. You started it. “You wanted to clear your debt with Mr Broadbent and were also hoping for a share of the money or drugs as well.
“In telling him to bring back up, it is clear you anticipated violence and you knew there was a knife in the flat that was being used to cut the drugs.
“While you may have had a last minute change of heart about the plan - leading you to leave the door locked - you certainly did nothing to stop it.
“However, I do believe that you are remorseful and that you fully accept your responsibility for what happened.
Addressing members of Mr Broadbent’s family as well as relatives of Shaw, the Judge said: “May I say I am so sorry for all of you who have been affected by this case. It just goes to show once again the devastating impact drugs can have on people’s lives.”
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