Sheffield couple escape jail for targeting ex-partners after forming new relationship together



Sheffield Crown Court learned on September 24 how Ryan Smith, 49, of Gillott Road, Birley Carr, Sheffield, and Nicola Deakin, 52, formerly of Wordsworth Avenue, Parson Cross, Sheffield, both harbored resentment towards their ex- partners who then coincidentally became a couple.

Zaiban Alam, the prosecution, said when the plaintiffs got together as a couple, in a “twist of fate,” their ex-partners Smith and Deakin got together and that there was animosity towards the plaintiffs. .

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Sheffield Crown Court, pictured, learned of how a couple were narrowly spared jail after targeting their ex-partners in a campaign involving criminal acts

Ms Alam said a VW car belonging to the complainant was repeatedly damaged by Deakin and exterior garlands were also damaged by Deakin between April 4 and April 19, 2020.

The car suffered three punctures between April 3 and 4, on April 9 the car mirrors were damaged and on April 18 the car was spray painted with graffiti with offensive terms and an image of male genitals.

String lights attached to the complainants’ downstairs apartment were also damaged during the same evening, according to Ms Alam, and when the complainant came out he was assaulted by Smith.

Ms Alam said: “He was attacked by Ryan Smith. CCTV shows him falling to the ground. It shows he is heavily punched and falls to the ground and it shows a thrust to the face with an open palm.

The court heard that the complainant was suffering from retinal detachment and needed surgery to repair the eye injury.

Deakin pleaded guilty to four counts of causing harm and Smith pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm.

Chris Aspinall, defending, said he had no explanation for Smith’s behavior as it was something that was never explained.

He said Smith was unemployed and suffered from a persistent medical condition which the court said was linked to a serious injury that occurred in 1987.

Defending Michael Cane-Soothill said Deakin hadn’t thought properly and should have stopped drinking, taking her meds and ignoring any perceived affront to her previous relationship.

Mr Soothill added that the defendants were married three weeks ago, but Judge Jeremy Richardson QC expressed astonishment to learn that Smith’s father bought them over a weekend when they could easily have both go to jail, and he added that they should “give up this particular wedding gift”.

Sentencing the couple, Judge Richardson QC told the defendants: “Each of you has traded partners. It seems you haven’t reacted to this situation at all, strangely enough, and in April of last year you started a campaign against your respective former partners.

“It was a dire situation. As a result of this campaign, you have both engaged in criminal acts for which you must now be convicted. “

Justice Richardson sentenced Smith to an 18-month suspended sentence for two years with a pardon requirement and a three-month curfew.

Deakin was sentenced to a 12-month community order with a rehabilitation requirement, a three-month curfew and a requirement to undertake an alcohol abstinence watch program.

The two defendants also received a five-year restraining order to stay away from their ex-partners.

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