Hammer wielding thug took two women hostage at bail hostel and snatched their phones

A thug who had been armed with a claw-hammer when he took two women hostage at a bail hostel has been locked-up.

Friday, 12th March 2021, 9:58 am

Sheffield Crown Court heard on March 11 how John Shellard, aged 30, of Ridge Road, Eastwood, Rotherham, admitted a series of related offences including robbery and kidnapping at the Rookwood Approved Premises, on Doncaster Road, Rotherham.

Recorder David Gordon said Shellard had demanded money from a fellow-resident at the hostel on December 12, 2020, before he armed himself with a claw-hammer and demanded the other resident open the door and the defendant pushed into the building.

Shellard then forced two female probation officers into an office, according to Recorder Gordon, and demanded money.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Pictured is John Shellard, aged 30, of Ridge Road, Eastwood, Rotherham, who has been sentenced to six years and nine months of custody after he admitted affray, kidnapping, criminal damage, possessing an offensive weapon, assaulting a police officer and two counts of robbery.

Recorder Gordon told Shellard: “There must have been a degree of planning because there was the hammer which you quite deliberately armed yourself with.”

The court heard the fellow-resident grabbed a pool cue to help the probation officers but one of them gestured for him to leave him and he pressed a panic button.

Recorder Gordon said Shellard smashed a screen and demanded money and told the women he was being recalled to prison relating to a prior conviction.

Shellard forced the probation officers into a back office and made one of them open a safe and he took cash and keys and demanded car keys from the women, according to Recorder Gordon, before leading them to a front office where he took more money and mobile phones.

Recorder Gordon added Shellard also smashed a CCTV monitor and phones and told one of the women she was going to drive him to Scarborough.

However, police arrived and pursued Shellard, according to Recorder Gordon, and the defendant attempted to headbutt a police officer.

Shellard, who has previous convictions, pleaded guilty to affray, two counts of robbery, kidnapping, causing damage, possessing an offensive weapon and assaulting a police officer.

Matthew Burdon, defending, said Shellard who is addressing drug and alcohol problems has shown victim empathy and although serious violence was threatened none was used.

He added: “He would welcome the opportunity to try and change his behaviour and live a normal life.”

Recorder Gordon sentenced Shellard to six years and nine months of custody.

Read More

Read More
Partner returned from buying cigarettes to find Jordan Marples-Douglas stabbed i...

A message from the Editor:

Thank you for reading this story on our website. While I have your attention, I also have an important request to make of you.

With the coronavirus lockdown having a major impact on many of our advertisers - and consequently the revenue we receive - we are more reliant than ever on you taking out a digital subscription.

Subscribe to The Star website and enjoy unlimited access to local news and information online and on our app. With a digital subscription, you can read more than 5 articles, see fewer ads, enjoy faster load times, and get access to exclusive newsletters and content.

Visit https://www.thestar.co.uk/subscriptions now to sign up.

Our journalism costs money and we rely on advertising, print and digital revenues to help to support them. By supporting us, we are able to support you in providing trusted, fact-checked content for this website.

Thank you

Nancy Fielder, editor