Sheffield gang member jailed for 16 years

A Sheffield gang member is starting a 16-year jail sentence after being found guilty of multiple offences following a trial at Sheffield Crown Court.

22-year-old Christopher Allen, of Manor Oaks Road in Sheffield, was sentenced earlier this week (11 December) for a Section 18 wounding, possession of cannabis and possession with intent to supply.

He was found guilty by a jury and was sentenced to 16 years imprisonment, to serve a minimum of 13 years.

On Sunday 30 April 2017, Allen was involved in a fight at a pub in the Darnall area of Sheffield. During the incident, Allen attacked a man with a knife, slashing his face, neck and arm. The man needed 167 stitches to repair the damage.

Allen also pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm and ammunition without a certificate.

Investigating Officer Detective Constable James Hughes speaking after the trial, described it as a significant result: “Christopher Allen is prolific and dangerous individual, we have worked extremely hard to get to this point and we are pleased with the sentence he has received.

“He carried out a horrific attack, which has changed his victim’s life, leaving him traumatised. We hope the public feel reassured that Allen is off the streets of Sheffield and that this sentence sends a strong message to other gang members across South Yorkshire.

“This kind of behaviour will not be tolerated and there are consequences of being involved in such activity. Local communities can be assured that we are taking action against individuals like Allen.”

A second man, 56-year-old Shaun Hopkins, of Musgrave Road, Sheffield was also sentenced for his part in the incident on the 30 April 2017.

He received a six-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to a section 18 wounding with intent, after attacking a man with a hammer.

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