The faces of 10 serious offenders jailed for terrible crimes in South Yorkshire

Judges have recently imposed custodial sentences upon a number of serious offenders at Sheffield Crown Court for their involvement in horrific crimes.

Monday, 1st March 2021, 12:47 pm
Updated Monday, 1st March 2021, 12:49 pm

Below are some of the more serious cases to have passed through Sheffield Crown Court recently where one victim was murdered and others have been left traumatised.

Offenders have been involved in terrifying motorists with a replica firearm, a series of assaults, stabbings, burglaries, producing cannabis and stealing from a shop.

One offender was seen in the street with a replica firearm in Doncaster, and another South Yorkshire man terrorised his on-off girlfriend while another from the region attacked a man with a machete.

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Pictured is Stanislav Duoba, aged 32, of no fixed abode, who was sentenced to 24 months of custody at Sheffield Crown Court on February 19 after he admitted possessing a firearm with intent, possessing a pepper spray and assaulting an emergency worker. The court heard Duoba was spotted by motorists on December 5 standing in Sandringham Road, Doncaster, with a rifle and he later spat at a police officer at Doncaster police station. James Gould, defending, said the firearm was a replica and Duoba had been drunk.

Two drug-offenders were also caught producing cannabis in separate cases by police in Sheffield.

In another case, a woman admitted assisting an offender who was involved in an arson attack.

And in the most serious case, a Sheffield woman was found guilty by a trial jury of murdering her neighbour who was repeatedly stabbed to death.

But judges have seen fit to punish these offenders with custodial sentences of varying lengths.

Sheffield Crown Court heard on February 19 how Ben Dearden, aged 43, of no fixed address, who has previous convictions, admitted two counts of common assault, wounding with intent, false imprisonment and theft after he terrorised his on-off girlfriend in a series of attacks because he thought she was sleeping with other men. Recorder Paul Reid sentenced Dearden to 40 months of custody. Tim Savage, defending, said Dearden had been living the chaotic lifestyle of someone who takes drugs.

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Pictured is Franklin Tomlinson, aged 61, of no fixed address, who has previous convictions, admitted unlawful wounding at Sheffield Crown Court in February. Tomlinson stabbed another male with a Stanley knife on March 15, according to the court. Paul Buckley, defending, said it is difficult living on the streets and Tomlinson's father had recently passed away. Recorder Paul Kirtley sentenced Tomlinson to two-and-a-half years of custody.

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Pictured is Vladimir Murrja, aged 40, of Carlton Road, Wheatley, Doncaster, who has been sentenced to five years of custody after he admitted two counts of producing cannabis at two properties in South Yorkshire. Sheffield Crown Court heard on February 15 how Murrja, who has no previous convictions, admitted two counts of producing cannabis after police discovered a massive harvest of plants at a property on Petre Street, in Brightside, Sheffield, and a smaller harvest with plants at his address on Carlton Road. Recorder Kirtley sentenced Murrja to five years of custody.
Sheffield Crown Court heard on February 15 how Kiel Tetley, aged 34, formerly of Moss Road, Doncaster, was sentenced to six years of custody after he admitted unlawful wounding after a machete attack and threatening to cause damage at Mill House Caravan Site, on Moss Road, Askern, Doncaster, from September 19, 2020. Edward Moss, defending, said Tetley is genuinely remorseful. Recorder Kirtley also imposed a restraining order.
Pictured is Kurt Waters, aged 25, of Hague Avenue, Rotherham, who was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court on February 12 to 25 months of custody after he admitted a theft, unlawful wounding and failing to surrender to bail. The court heard Waters stole cigarettes and beer from a shopkeeper before attacking him during a scuffle in Rotherham on January 19. The defendant has undergone detoxification, according to defence barrister Laura Marshall, and he understands it is time to lead a law-abiding life.
Sheffield Crown Court heard on February 2 how Tracey Barry, aged 34, of Roundwood Court, Worsbrough, Barnsley, was sentenced to four years of custody after she admitted unlawful wounding, perverting the course of justice, and assisting an offender who was involved in an arson attack. She was jailed after she filled a petrol can with fuel for an arsonist who torched a house door in Sheffield, and after she wore another woman's electronic tag, and after she stabbed a man in Barnsley after an argument, according to the court. Defence barrister Ian Goldsack, said Barry has had mental health difficulties.
Sheffield Crown Court heard how David Dixon, pictured, aged 48, of Brightmore Drive, Sheffield, pleaded guilty to three non-dwelling burglaries, two shop thefts, a wallet theft with bank cards, and fraud matters after he had used the contents from the wallet on five occasions. Dixon was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court on January 27 to 37 months of custody. Barrister Ian Goldsack, defending, said Dixon realises he has reached a stage in his life where he has to change and he has been getting support with his drug problem.
Pictured is Scott Mair, aged 54, of The Avenue, Birstall, Batley, who was sentenced to 32 months of custody at Sheffield Crown Court on January 26 after he was caught at a Sheffield property with 145 cannabis plants and admitted producing the class B drug. The court heard how Mair, who has previous convictions, was found at the property on Tipton Street, near Wincobank, Sheffield, by police with the cannabis plants. Defence barrister Francis Edusei, said Mair was approached by others to embark upon this enterprise.
Pictured is Kerry Taylor, now aged 42, of Ravenscroft Place, Stradbroke, Sheffield, who was found guilty by a trial jury at Sheffield Crown Court on January 22 of murdering Simone Hancock who was repeatedly stabbed. Taylor was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 18 years before she can be considered for parole. The offence was committed on July 4, 2020, at Miss Hancock's flat at Ravenscroft Place, Sheffield. Taylor claimed she had acted in self-defence and had only stabbed Miss Hancock once and was only responsible for manslaughter but a jury found her guilty of murder.