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Man jailed for ferocious machete attack with victim lucky to be alive

Written by on 24/10/2020

A 21-year-old Sheffield man has been jailed for over 12 years after admitting his role in a terrifying machete attack in the city last year.

Jervaise Bennett, formerly of Bishopsholme Close, Sheffield, appeared at Sheffield Crown Court on Thursday where he was sentenced to 10-and-a-half years in prison after pleading guilty to a Section 18 assault at an earlier hearing.

Bennett was also sentenced to two years in prison, to run consecutively, for two counts of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs, namely heroin and crack cocaine.

The court heard how on 19 September 2019, Bennett was involved in a serious stabbing in the Gleadless Valley area of Sheffield.

The victim, a 21-year-old man, was on Middle Hay Close when he was attacked by a group of men wielding machetes. He ran from the group, running into a nearby property for safety.

Bennett put his foot through the doorway, in an effort to prevent the victim from closing the door.

Bennett’s trainer came off when the victim was able to successfully shut the group out, which forensically tied him to the crime.

The victim was taken to hospital where he needed surgery for significant slash wounds to his head, neck, face, back and shoulders.

Det Con Kayleigh Brown, the investigating officer, said: “The victim, in this case, suffered incredibly serious injuries and they could so easily have proved fatal, such was the ferocity of the attack.

“He was understandably scared for his life and believed Bennett and others meant to cause him serious harm.

“When speaking with our officers in the early stages of our investigation, he was able to identify Bennett as a suspect as he’d known him locally for a number of years.

“This, together with the forensic evidence of Bennett’s trainer at the scene, was enough to secure his arrest a few days after the incident.

“Bennett has admitted his role in this assault, an incredibly violent crime, as well as accepting responsibility for serious Class A drugs offences.

“I am pleased he has received a lengthy prison term for these crimes and I hope the public is reassured by the action taken by officers to tackle violent and drug-related criminality, bringing dangerous offenders like Bennett before the courts.”

Bennett pleaded guilty to the drugs offences earlier this year at Sheffield Crown Court, where he was on trial charged in connection with the murder of Lewis Bagshaw.

He was found not guilty of murder. The matter could not be reported until now due to reporting restrictions.