Five men have today been jailed for their part in a ‘savage and violent’ attack, which left a man fighting for his life.
Allen Tunney, 36, Benjamin Varey, 31, Edward Riley, 37, Tyler Cunningham, 22, and Paul Pannett, 21, chased the victim into a convenience store in the Stainforth area on the evening of 11 July last year, before launching a horrific attack on him.
The attack, initiated by Varey who was carrying a knife, left the man in his 30s bleeding heavily, with severe slash wounds to his back and neck, and defensive wounds to his arms.
He suffered significant blood loss and had to be rushed to hospital via air ambulance.
The five men, who appeared before Sheffield Crown Court for sentencing (Thursday 7 March), were quickly identified from CCTV footage and four were brought into custody just days later.
Tunney however, fled the country in a bid to avoid arrest and officers from Doncaster’s Fortify team led the search for him, as Detective Sergeant Lee Wilson explains.
Varey, Tunney, Riley and Pannett entered guilty pleas to section 18 assault, wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, at an earlier hearing and have been remanded in custody ahead of sentencing. Cunningham entered a guilty plea to affray.
- Varey, of East Lane, Doncaster, was jailed for nine years.
- Tunney, of Stocksbridge Lane, Bentley, was jailed for six years.
- Cunningham, of Saint Michaels Drive, Thorne, was jailed for 20-months for affray and a further 12-months for a separate theft offence, totalling 32-months.
- Riley, of East lane, Doncaster, was jailed for six years.
- Pannett, of Kirkhouse Green Road, Doncaster, was jailed for five years. Pannett was also handed an 18 month sentence for a separate offence of affray, to run alongside his five year sentence.
DS Wilson added: