‘Extremely dangerous’ man jailed for robbing young Sheffield woman he targeted in city underpass

A ‘extremely dangerous’ man has been jailed for two years for the robbery of a woman he targeted in a Sheffield underpass while he was out looking for victims.

Wednesday, 11th December 2019, 11:41 am
Updated Thursday, 12th December 2019, 2:46 pm

Marek Gabco, aged 22, of Lloyd Street, Page Hall, was jailed after pleading guilty to the offence during a hearing at Sheffield Crown Court.

The court heard how the victim, a 20-year-old woman, was targeted as she walked home after finishing work in the early hours of Tuesday, June 11.

She walked through the Bramall Lane underpass onto Bramall Lane, when Gabco approached her.

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Marek Gabco has been jailed for robbery

Gabco grabbed the woman’s phone from her hand before running off in the direction of London Road.

PC Zareen Gulzar, who investigated the case, said: “Our initial enquiries in the area where the victim was robbed led us to some shrubbery at a nearby car park.

“Here we found discarded items of clothing, which matched the description of the clothing that the offender had been wearing at the time of the attack.

“An item found in this clothing led to Gabco being identified as a suspect in this investigation.”

The PC added: “An extensive CCTV trawl was carried out in the vicinity and we found that the attack had been captured on CCTV.

“The CCTV showed Gabco attacking the victim and when the victim resisted, he used more violence on her.

“The CCTV footage also showed that Gabco appeared to have been out looking for potential victims.

“Gabco was arrested and interviewed, during which he refused to answer any questions, and he has shown no remorse for his actions.

“He is an extremely dangerous individual and I welcome the sentence passed.

“Robbery is a terrifying experience. This incident has had a profound effect on the victim. I wish to praise the victim for her bravery, she has fully supported and helped our investigation and has shown great courage.

“We as a force will continue to work hard to protect the people of South Yorkshire and put criminals like Gabco behind bars.”