Man jailed for over a decade following city centre machete attack Date

Dated: 23 August 2019 17:21:33

A 21-year-old, who injured a man with a machete in a Sheffield city centre attack, has been jailed for over a decade.

Daouda Sy, of Wensley Street, Grimesthorpe, appeared before Sheffield Crown Court today (Friday 23 August), where he was jailed for section 18 wounding, following an incident which left members of the public horrified, and a man requiring hospital treatment.

On Thursday 31 January, just before 9.30am, Sy attacked a 47-year-old man, who was waiting at a bus stop outside of McDonald’s, hitting him over the head with a machete.

The victim, in shock and bleeding, ran in to McDonald’s, as did other, terrified members of the public, as Detective Constable Sam Wardman, the investigating officer explains.

“CCTV operatives covering the city centre spotted Sy, who was still carrying the machete, and alerted police.

“Nearby officers were on the scene within less than two minutes of receiving the call and detained Sy.

“Meanwhile, McDonald’s staff and members of the public provided immediate medical care to the victim.

“Thankfully the victim will make a full recovery and he was incredibly lucky in terms of the injury he sustained.

“That said, this was without doubt a terrifying incident for those involved. While Sy was found to be under the influence of drugs, this was an unprovoked and incredibly violent attack that will no doubt have long lasting impacts on both the victim and horrified members of the public who witnessed it.

“Judge Jeremy Richardson QC, The Recorder of Sheffield, in court today described this incident as ‘a truly wicked act with a murderous weapon.’ He also commended the staff and members of the public who helped the victim in McDonald’s that morning.

“I too would like to thank them and praise their efforts, as well as the bravery of officers who detained Sy as he carried the machete. They put the public’s safety over their own, without hesitation or question.

“I’m incredibly pleased that Sy has been jailed, and for a significant length of time.”

Sy pleaded guilty to section 18 wounding with intent at an earlier hearing and was jailed for a total of 12-years. He received 20 per cent credit for his guilty plea.

He also received a two-year sentence to run concurrently for possession of an offensive weapon.

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