Kidnapper sentenced after Rotherham bank robber

Date published: 20 June 2018 16:04
Dated: 20 June 2018 16:27:32

An international career criminal from Manchester is now behind bars for 23 years thanks to an “excellent” cross-border investigation by Rotherham officers.

Michael Dunphy, 45, Barton Road, Hyde, Manchester – who has previous convictions for manslaughter, kidnap and drug offences – was convicted of four counts of kidnap and two counts of attempted robbery.

He was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court today (Wednesday 20 June), to 23 years in prison.

Dunphy was the ring-leader of a foiled Rotherham bank robbery that saw him dress up as a police officer and kidnap three women and a child.

Leading the investigation Detective Inspector Mark Monteiro said: “Dunphy is a major player in the international organised criminal network and he is now behind bars thanks to our cross-border investigation with GMP.

“A combination of technology and communities coming together allowed our team of officers to put all the pieces of evidence needed in place to arrest him and bring him before the court.

“This is an excellent result for Rotherham and is thanks to the tireless work of our officers who worked with the CPS and our colleagues in Manchester to put together an excellent case.

“We must also commend the bravery of the victims involved who will have some comfort in the knowledge that Dunphy is now locked away.”

Dunphy bundled a bank worker into a stolen Audi after she dropped one of her daughters off at school at around 8am on 21 November 2017.

The bank worker, whose younger daughter was with her at the time, was then driven to a Rotherham bank, where Dunphy – dressed in a wig and beard as a disguise - threatened two other members of staff and forced them to start the time-delay on the safe.

But having heard her mum and sister screaming, the elder daughter alerted her school and the police who contacted the victim alerting Dunphy that the police were on their way.

The 45-year-old fled the scene, dumped the stolen Audi outside a Wickersley church and then drove back to Manchester in a cloned white panel van.

Immediately after the incident, officers began a detailed cross-border investigation to trace those involved.

A Barclays spokesperson said: “We are supportive of the police and their thorough investigation in this case and we are pleased with the outcome. We have no higher priority than the safety and security of our customers and staff and we will always work with the police to enable them to prosecute any criminal activity.”

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