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Thugs attacked drunk students after nights out and stole cash

Written by on 16/10/2020

Four thugs who targeted drunk students in order to get them to withdraw money have been sentenced to a total of eight years in prison.

Garfield Nelson, 59, Rebecca Kerrigan, 32, Lupin Ntungi, 41 and Stephen Green, 37, all pleaded guilty after they targeted vulnerable students on the way back from nights out in Sheffield city centre.

The group would get the victims to withdraw money from a cash machine and if they refused or tried to get away they would be assaulted.

In particular, the charges related to three robberies between July and October 2019.

Detective Constable Yvonne Fairbrother of South Yorkshire Police said: “In two of the incidents, the victims were students who were on their way home after nights out in the city centre.

The group targeted students in Sheffield city centre coming home from nights out
From left to right; Rebecca Kerrigan, Lupin Ntungi, Stephen Green and Garfield Nelson
(Image: South Yorkshire Police)

“On September 22, a young man was approached by Kerrigan, who engaged him in conversation before guiding him to a cash machine and coercing him into withdrawing £60.

“Kerrigan then managed to take the money and the victim’s bank card, when he tried to take it back, Ntungi appeared, hitting the student with a walking stick before leaving the scene.

“Kerrigan later withdrew £800 from the account at several locations across the city, she was caught on CCTV with Ntungi by her side.”

The second incident saw the whole group assault another student on Cavendish Street, he was also marched to a cash machine after Kerrigan started chatting to him.

DC Fairbrother continued: “Whilst Kerrigan did the groundwork with the victim, two men, later identified as Nelson and Green, followed from a short distance away.

“Once the victim tried to get away, the two men assaulted him, punching him and stealing cash, a ring, a chain and bracelet.

“Fortunately, the young man wasn’t seriously injured, but unsurprisingly he has been left shaken by what happened.

“These four individuals shamelessly targeted young people and attempted to befriend them, before coercing them into handing over money.

“They are dangerous and they should not be on the streets, I am pleased that they have all received custodial sentences for their crimes.”

All four appeared at Sheffield Crown Court and were jailed for a total of eight years.

Nelson and Ntungi received a two-year sentence each for robbery, Kerrigan was jailed for four years and four months for handling stolen goods, fraud by false representation and robbery and Stephe Green was jailed for 32 months.