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Doncaster estate siege knifeman jailed

Police attend the scene of a siege in Atholl Crescent, Intake.

Police attend the scene of a siege in Atholl Crescent, Intake.

A knifeman who triggered a six-hour siege on a Doncaster estate – threatening to stab the police – has been locked up.

A police riot squad sealed off Atholl Crescent in Intake last May, when Troy Henry threatened to stab any officer who tried to force their way into the house.

The 27-year-old was high on drink and drugs when he brandished knives at officers and police negotiators, a judge at Sheffield Crown Court was told. Henry, who admitted affray, was already on a suspended jail sentence for biting off part of a man’s ear in a town centre bar.

Sentencing him to a total of six months in prison, Judge Rosalind Coe QC said it had to be custody because the siege ‘went on too long and was too serious’, with officers being put in a state of fear.

Events started in the early hours of May 15 when officers were called to a domestic disturbance which led to them seeking to arrest Henry at his home shortly after dawn.

When officers knocked on the door, he came to a first floor window and swore at them, saying they couldn’t come in without a warrant, said Ian Goldsack, prosecuting.

The police said they would force their way in – and he became irate at the prospect of his mother’s door being damaged.

He produced knives in each hand, shouting ‘the first one in gets it’.

He started making stabbing motions with the knives, and said he would put a blade through an officer’s neck, and would stab the first three officers through the door.

The officers called for back-up and by breakfast time the street was blocked off and officers in riot gear with shields and battering rams were on standby ready to force entry.

The siege came to an end at 12.35pm when Henry and another man came out after they had seen their family members had been brought to the house.

The second man was not charged.

Henry accepted he had been drunk, but could not remember having knives.

Mr Goldsack said Henry already had a suspended prison sentence hanging over him from 2012, when he bit off the lobe of a man’s ear in Hogan’s on Silver Street, after calling his victim ‘a stupid speccy four-eyed git’.

The injury needed five stitches and left the man scarred.

Edward Moss, defending, conceded Henry had shown ‘a huge amount of immaturity’ and said his actions were fulled by alcohol and cannabis.“He has now realised the error of his ways and fully accepts alcohol is a problem in his life,” he said.

“He knows this is a serious offence and fully understands the fear it caused to the officers and the length of time it went on. He is genuinely very sorry.”

Judge Coe sentenced Henry to four-and-a-half months for the affray, and one-and-a-half months for the previous wounding.

 

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