23 years behind bars for Rotherham knife duo

Date published: 02 July 2019 09:54
Dated: 20 December 2018 16:15:02

Two Rotherham men have been sent to prison for a total of 23-and-a-half years for wounding with intent, false imprisonment , possession of an offensive weapon (a samurai sword) and using a firearm with intent to resist arrest.

Craig Berridge, 38, and Gareth Slater, 33, appeared at Sheffield Crown Court on Tuesday 18 December where they pleaded guilty to the charges.

Berridge, of Dawson Avenue, Rawmarsh was sentenced to 13-and-a-half years in prison for wounding with intent, possession of an imitation firearm, possession of a bladed weapon and dangerous driving.

Slater, of Kilnhurst Road, Rawmarsh was sentenced to 10 years in prison for wounding with intent and possession of a bladed weapon.

The court heard how on Thursday 28 June, officers were called to the Morrisons petrol station at Parkgate, Rotherham, after numerous reports of a man being assaulted and stabbed in a black Fiat Punto car by two suspects.

The suspects were described as being in possession of a large knife.  Members of the public provided a commentary to the police until they located the vehicle.  After a short pursuit, officers exited their vehicles and surrounded the suspect’s car. However, a black handgun was pointed at the officers before making an escape.

Armed officers and a dog handler were called to help locate the suspects.

Berridge, who matched the description of one of the suspects, was located in an outbuilding and arrested.  A black firearm was located on the floor at the side of him.

Once Berridge was securely detained, Slater was located and arrested. Both men were later charged.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Mark Gaffney said: “This was a horrific crime, in which the victim suffered. Through the support and assistance of members of the public, the police were able to react quickly to locate the offenders.

“The level of violence exerted during the incident was appalling, coupled with the threats made by the offender towards police officers was truly unacceptable.

“I am very pleased the offenders were convicted of their crimes and are now in prison.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the public who acted selflessly and with courage to provide the information.

“The victim is making a full recovery. It is a priority for officers in Rotherham to ensure weapons used during this attack are taken off the streets and those who think it is acceptable to carry them and use them are dealt with appropriately.”

Craig Berridge- sentenced to 13-and-a-half years in prison

Craig Berridge- sentenced to 13-and-a-half years in prison

Gareth Slater- sentenced  to 10 years in prison

Gareth Slater- sentenced to 10 years in prison

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