Police release pictures of three jailed thugs after a terrifying street attack in Doncaster
Three thugs including one armed with a deactivated shotgun have been jailed after they were involved in a street attack on a man.
Eric Midene, aged 22, Dominic Holmes, aged 30, and 24-year-old Piero Acheampong, who had a shotgun in a bag, targeted the man on Carr Hill, Doncaster, according to a Sheffield Crown Court hearing today, Monday, November 30.
Nick Adlington, prosecuting, told a previous hearing Midene and Holmes assaulted the man about 12.30pm, on September 15, and Archeampong arrived in a taxi with a deactivated shotgun in a bag which was shown to the victim.
Midene threatened the man who managed to escape, according to Mr Adlington, before he was further assaulted but he managed to punch Holmes who was knocked unconscious.
Judge Jeremy Richardson QC, The Recorder of Sheffield, said: “The gun was shown or brandished at the unknown man. Midene wanted the gun handed to him for the purpose of reinforcing the threats. Midene was shouting high-octane threats.”
Archeampong, of Briarsdale Court, Leeds, and Midene, of Bradley Mills Lane, Huddersfield, who both have previous convictions, pleaded guilty to affray and to possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear but it was accepted Midene’s involvement with the weapon was as part of a joint-enterprise and he never had hold of the shotgun.
Holmes, of Eden Grove, Hexthorpe, Doncaster, who has previous convictions, pleaded guilty to affray.
Sean Smith, defending Acheampong, said the impact on neighbours who witnessed the incident has preyed upon Acheampong’s mind.
Richard Canning, defending Midene, said Midene had not brought the weapon and and the victim was not told he would be shot.
Cheryl Dudley, defending Holmes, told the court Holmes struggles to control his alcohol intake and it is understood the dispute had been about a girlfriend and Holmes was seriously injured after he had been struck.
Judge Richardson said: “Anyone who utilises an imitation firearm to engender fear in another person plainly commits a serious offence.”
He added: “The use of firearms and immitation firearms is a cause of widespread public concern.”
Judge Richardson sentenced Acheampong to three years of custody, Midene to two years and three months of custody and Holmes to 12 months of custody.