Restraining order for man who met his victim through online advert

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Latest news in Yorkshire: October 25, 01:20:28 PM

A 23-year-old man has been given a five-year restraining order after
ransacking the home of a man he approached through an online advert.

Balal Ali, of West Quadrant, Sheffield was charged with robbery in
connection to an incident in the Netherthorpe area of Sheffield on 21
March. He pleaded guilty to theft and affray at Sheffield Crown Court on
Wednesday 17 October.

Ali had responded to an advert posted by his victim on an online
classified advert site. Whilst at the address listed, Ali turned
violent, demanding money from the victim and then ransacked the
property, stealing a range of high value items including iPads, phones
and collectables.

Ali also made threats throughout the incident, which has had a lasting
impact on the victim.

DC Yvonne Fairbrother, the investigating officer in the case, said:
“Ali’s DNA was discovered at the victim’s home by Crime Scene
Investigators; we later recovered the stolen property from his home
address and returned it to the victim.”

Ali appeared at Sheffield Crown Court on Friday 19 October for
sentencing, where he was also served a 21-month suspended sentence,
asked to complete 200 hours of unpaid community work and pay
compensation to his victim.

DC Fairbrother continued: “Ali took advantage of the victim, who trusted
him with personal information, and I’m pleased he has been held
responsible for his actions that day.

“Posting adverts online can often mean that we are also posting personal
information. I’d advise anyone doing so to take precautions when using
such sites.

“Think carefully about posting your home address publicly and if a
respondent to your advert is coming to your home, let someone know or
maybe ask a family member or friend to be there with you.”

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