Three jailed for Steven Herbert's New Year's Day murder
- 11 August 2014
- From the section Humberside
Two men and a woman who punched and kicked a chef to death in Hull on New Year's Day have been jailed for life.
Steven Herbert, 34, was attacked on Trafalgar Street, in what police described as a "senseless" attack.
Samuel Jordan, 22, Soul Humphries, 22 and Tiffany Clark, 23, all from Hull, were convicted of murder last month.
At Hull Crown Court, Jordan was ordered to serve a minimum of 15 years in prison, while Clark must serve 14 years and Humphries 13-and-a-half years.
The jury heard Mr Herbert, a father of two, suffered 12 separate injuries to his head, face and neck, as well as bleeding to his brain stem in the unprovoked attack.
Lives 'in tatters'
Sentencing the trio, Judge Michael Mettyear said: "This is a tragic case, mainly because of the loss of Mr Herbert's life, but the damage goes much deeper. It affects his long-term partner, his two children and his many friends.
"This was pointless, public night-time violence on what should have been a night of joy and celebrations."
Mr Herbert's partner, Kimberley Field, read out a statement in court. In it, she said: "Steven was a hard-working, loving and loyal man.
"Our two families' lives are in tatters and Steven is no longer there to be part of his daughters' futures."
In a statement, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said Mr Herbert's death was "senseless".
"Our foremost thoughts are with the family of Mr Herbert.
"The loss of his life was a tragic waste - a result of a senseless act of drunken and extreme violence.
"We hope that this [sentence] brings some comfort to Steven's family and friends."