Mothers allowed home from jail for Christmas

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THREE Sheffield mothers jailed for protecting a violent thug will spend Christmas with their children after their sentences were cut as an ‘act of mercy’.

Natalie Cerrone, aged 25, Rachel Louise East, 40 and her sister Nicola Dawn East, 38, all made false statements to the police claiming their friend, Zubair Akhtar, was not present when Paul Naylor was assaulted in Firth Park in March.

But their lies were discovered when CCTV footage showed 26-year-old Akhtar at the scene of the crime at the time of the attack.

The women were all in a car with Akhtar and another man when they pulled up next to a pedestrian on Bowfield Road and an argument broke out.

Akhtar, of Firth Park Crescent, Firth Park, pushed Mr Naylor, causing him to fall and hit his head on the ground - suffering serious injuries which landed him in hospital for 18 days.

The women told police their car came along after the violence took place, and they had all offered to help Mr Naylor.

But CCTV showed the vehicle was at the scene when the attack happened.

Akhtar, who admitted unlawful wounding, was jailed for 12 months for the attack and the women, who admitted perverting the course of justice, were jailed at Sheffield Crown Court last month.

They challenged the length of their sentences at the Court of Appeal and were told they would be released next week - in time for Christmas with their children.

Cerrone, of Hartley Brook Avenue, and Nicola East, of Well Road, both originally received four months while Rachel East, of Bowfield Road, was given six months.

Appeal Court judges ruled the children should not be punished for their mothers’ crimes, and sliced a quarter off all of their sentences.