Two men and a woman were sentenced this week to a total of 25 years behind bars after two students were terrorised and robbed in their house in Walkley.
The 20-year-old victims were woken by two masked raiders who pointed guns at them, tied them up, stuffed socks in their mouths and sprayed them with a fire extinguisher in an attempt to remove forensic evidence.
They were forced to hand over debits cards and PIN numbers, which were used by the woman to withdraw cash. Other items were stolen from the house in South Street.
All three people involved in the robbery come from Shiregreen. Martin Gaffoor, aged 36, of Hartley Brook Road, was sentenced to 11 years in prison, Lee Whormsley, aged 37, of Shirehall Road, to nine years, and Toni Slinn, aged 30, of Hartley Brook Road, to five years in prison.
All three pleaded guilty at Sheffield Crown Court to two counts of robbery. Gaffoor and Whormsley also admitted two counts of false imprisonment, and two counts of possessing a firearm.
The court heard the students were asleep in their rooms just before 8am in November last year.
One was woken by the robbers and asked by housemates and whether there was a car. The men took his debit card and demanded his PIN. Gaffoor instructed Whormsley to tie up the student using electrical cable.
All three went to the second student’s bedroom where Gaffoor waved a gun and told Whormsley to search for a debit card.
The second student was tied up using shoelaces. Eventually, both victims were left tied together by their feet.
Police investigation identified Gaffoor and Whormsley, and then Slinn, who used the bank cards to withdraw money while the students were tied up.
After the case, Det Con Chris Lewis, who led the investigation, said: “I am extremely satisfied with the sentences imposed, and feel that they reflect the seriousness of the offences.
“The victims suffered an extremely traumatic experience at the hands of Gaffoor and Whormsley, while Slinn waited and took possession of stolen property.
Hopefully this outcome will go some way with helping them recover from this ordeal.”