Men jailed after luring Doncaster man back to Sheffield home and robbing him

Two Sheffield men have been sentenced to prison today after one of them robbed a drunk Doncaster man of his possessions, and the other used his bank cards to buy cigarettes and alcohol.

Paul Ashmore, 34, of High Street Lane, Hyde Park, and Anthony Sumner, 38, of Normancroft Drive, Woodthorpe, took the victim, in his 20s, back to Ashmore’s house after he was separated from his friends on 28th January 2017.

Stephanie Hollis, prosecuting, told Sheffield Crown Court how the Doncaster man was visiting Sheffield for the weekend and had been in Popworld on Carver Street when he went outside for a cigarette.

He was then denied entry back into the premises and was unable to find his friends as his phone had no battery.

Miss Hollis told the court how Ashmore struck up a conversation with the victim, who Ashmore said was “drunk and stumbling”, with the promise of a lift back to Doncaster.

The two men then went back to the premises in Hyde Park with Sumner and Rebecca Dyson, also of High Street Lane, Hyde Park.

Miss Hollis said: “An argument broke out between Ashmore and Dyson in the kitchen.

“This resulted in Ashmore asking Sumner and the victim to leave. He walked out of the address, went down the hill and was hit from behind.”

The court then heard how a man, who was later identified as Sumner by the victim in an identity parade, stole a watch worth £1400, a chain worth £380 and a wallet from the victim.

The victim, who sustained minor injuries to his face and back, was then taken back to Doncaster by a taxi driver who found him in distress and “covered in mud from where he had been pushed to the floor”.

Two of the victim’s cards were then subject to fraudulent use to a total of nearly £250.

CCTV footage showed Dyson and Ashmore making three transactions for alcohol and cigarettes on the cards in a local shop. 

Ashmore, Sumner and Dyson were arrested at the address in Hyde Park on 15th March.

Miss Hollis said: “The victim’s confidence has been knocked by what has happened about going out and socialising by in the town centre.

“I would contend this was a vulnerable victim, he was on his own and he had been drinking.”

Ashmore and Sumner both appeared in court on video link from HMP Nottingham.

The court heard how Sumner has appeared in court 47 times before over 172 previous offences, with previous convictions in 1994, 2011 and 2013.

Recorder Fiona Davis, sentencing, said: “He was a clearly vulnerable and you took advantage of that.

“You took him to your home address which was some way away from where his friends were.”

Sumner pleaded guilty to the charge of robbery and was sentenced to four years in prison.

Ashmore pleaded guilty to the charge of fraud and was sentenced to 10 months in prison.

Dyson pleaded guilty to the charge of fraud and was given a suspended sentence.