Tributes paid to city robbery victim

Stephen Starkey
Stephen Starkey

Tributes have been paid to a man who died after he was assaulted during a robbery at his home on Christmas Day.

Stephen Starkey, aged 61, opened his door to a man who attacked him before stealing cash and a PlayStation 3 games console.

Wayne Muirhead, aged 40, of Batemoor Road, Batemoor, has been charged with robbery over the incident.

He was initially arrested on suspicion of murder, along with a 37-year-old man, who has been bailed.

Mr Starkey, of Reney Crescent, Greenhill, was a father-of-four and a grandfather.

He used to work as a caretaker in blocks of flats in and around Greenhill.

Stefania Crick said: “He was harmless. Didn’t deserve this.”

Caz Maw, writing on The Star’s Facebook page, said: “Cruelly taken too soon. Top bloke, will be sadly missed, All your ex-colleagues at Sheffield City Council are in total shock and disbelief. Lowedges/Greenhill won’t be the same without you.”

Joanne Booth addd: “Knew this bloke for years - never caused anybody any trouble.”

Julie Ward said: “Steve you be sadly missed by everyone. Can’t believe you have gone.”