Carrying a knife has grave consequences. It will only ever result in a destructive and devastating impact on your life, and possibly someone else’s.
That’s the message from a Sheffield superintendent as a 30-year-old man is jailed for over a decade for two knifepoint robberies.
Ashley Howarth, of no-fixed-address, is now behind bars for 13-years after pleading guilty to two incidents in which he used a knife to violently rob two people, leaving one man with serious injuries.
On March 19 last year, Howarth, along with another man and a woman, broke into the home of a 38-year-old Sheffield man on Dyche Lane, carrying a knife. The three of them stole money, drugs and a mobile phone.
Howarth entered a guilty plea to robbery at the start of a trial earlier this month at Sheffield Crown court, alongside his accomplices Bradley Onfroy, 32, and Josie Hollis, 24, both of no-fixed address.
Howarth was jailed for a total nine years for the offence, which left the victim with stab wounds to his leg and upper body.
Onfroy was given a 15-year sentence and Hollis a 12-year sentence.
The second robbery, in which Howarth pulled a young man from his motorbike and threatened him with a knife, took place on July 2 last year.
Howarth stole the man’s motorbike in broad daylight as he tried to steal a gold chain from him, when he was stopped at traffic lights on East Bank Road in Heeley. During the incident Howarth threatened the man with a knife but did not use it.
A tracking device on the bike led officers to Howarth and he was later arrested. He entered a guilty plea at the same hearing last week and was handed a four-year sentence, to run consecutively with his nine-year sentence. He will serve a total of 13-years behind bars.
Detective Superintendent Una Jennings, the force lead for armed criminality, said: “The consequences of carrying a knife are grave. Whatever the reason for carrying a knife, whether it’s for ‘status’ or ‘protection’, a knife is a lethal weapon and anyone found to be carrying one will be dealt with robustly.
“The consequences of carrying a knife are grave. Whatever the reason for carrying a knife, whether it’s for ‘status’ or ‘protection’, a knife is a lethal weapon and anyone found to be carrying one will be dealt with robustly."
- Detective Superintendent Una Jennings
“You could face a lengthy prison sentence, or even a life-sentence if someone is fatally injured. You yourself, carrying the knife, could also end up injured resulting in heartbreak for your loved ones.
“I hope that this sentence reflects the sentence you could face, should you use a knife or be found with one in your possession. South Yorkshire Police are absolutely committed to tackling knife crime and educating those about the dangers of carrying weapons.
“I’d ask for your support in tackling this issue. Talk to your loved ones if you have concerns, speak to us via 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”
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