Woman jailed for attacks on Chinese students in Sheffield

Date published: 05 August 2022 14:20
Dated: 05 August 2022 15:19:35
A 34-year-old woman who attacked Chinese students in Sheffield last year has been jailed. 
 
Shan He admitted assaulting a number of students in the city centre in September 2021, in some cases using weapons to strike her victims over the head, including a bottle and a hammer. 
 
Some of the victims suffered head injuries that required medical treatment, others suffered minor head injuries. When He was arrested on 26 September 2021, she had a hammer in a carrier bag. 
 
Inspector Gareth Thomas from Sheffield’s City Centre Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) said: “We know that this series of assaults last September caused considerable anxiety among the student communities living in our city, especially our Chinese student community, and I am grateful to both universities for their support during our inquiry. 
 
“Neighbourhood officers from both the City Centre and North West NPTs dedicated a significant amount of time to this investigation, trawling through hours of CCTV footage from across the city centre to find the person responsible for these terrifying attacks. 
 
“Our enquiries led us to the identification of He, a Chinese national who herself had come to Sheffield to study. 
 
“I’d like to recognise the efforts of the security staff who called police on 26 September 2021, believing they had located He. Our officers arrested He and found her in possession of a hammer. 
 
“He’s victims have understandably been left incredibly distressed by what happened to them and what’s more, many of them were students from the Chinese community who had only recently arrived in Sheffield. We pride ourselves on Sheffield being an inclusive and welcoming place to study, but He’s awful crimes left those students feeling scared and incredibly vulnerable in a new city.” 
 
He, formerly of Edward Street, Sheffield, appeared before Sheffield Crown Court on Wednesday (3 August) where she was sentenced to 16 months in prison. She will face deportation upon the conclusion of her sentence. 
 
She entered guilty pleas in relation to six victims – four counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and two counts of battery.
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