Duo jailed for prolonged attack on Rotherham man

A man and a woman who ‘tortured’ a vulnerable man in a brutal and prolonged attack have today (Friday 22 April) been sentenced to 25 years each behind bars for attempt murder and robbery.

Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Paul Lyons, 47, and Toni Ackerman, 35, from Conisbrough, have been on trial at Sheffield Crown Court, charged with the attempted murder and robbery of a 55-year-old man in October last year.

Detectives investigating the incident have described it as ‘a vicious, targeted attack on a vulnerable and defenceless man.’

The victim was subjected to a prolonged ordeal where he was beaten, stabbed, and burnt with an iron.

The jury returned a guilty verdict today and Lyons and Ackerman were then sentenced to 25 years each for attempt murder. They each received 16 years for the robbery, to run alongside the 25 year sentence.