Two cowardly masked thieves robbed an elderly widow using a hammer.
Gavin Banks, 44, and Thomas Calburn, 23, broke into the woman’s home while she was asleep and smashed the glass on her back door.
When the woman ran to Insight in her bedroom, she came to her bedroom with a hammer. Manshall Street Crown Court. سنا.
The woman’s neighbor, a banker, then demanded: “Where’s the money?” And proceeded to hand over the £ 800 she was saving for household chores.
The two then walked out of the house – leaving a footprint in the snow from the back garden to the next house.
The woman, whose husband died just two years ago, froze in fear.
Both banks of Chaderton, Oldham, And Kill Byrne pleaded guilty to increasing theft.
Banks was jailed for seven years and six months, and Culburn will be sentenced at a later date.
Prosecutor Claire Thomas told the court that the woman was asleep on January 21 this year when she woke up at 2.45am to the sound of broken glass.
She froze in fear. The prosecutor said she picked up her phone but was unable to enter the PIN because of how she was feeling.
“She could hear the people coming towards the bedroom, so she went to Innocent and then the two men entered her bedroom.
“A man was shouting ‘where is the money’ and was carrying a hammer.
The woman assumed he was going to kill her, although the banks denied it.
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After falling to the floor trying to defend himself, Banks and Culburn searched his bedroom and demanded money again.
The court heard that she handed over £ 800 in cash that she was saving for a job.
The thieves then left the area and the woman called police.
He told officers that the two men were wearing corona virus face masks and that he recognized one voice, Banks as his neighbor and the other as a friend of Banks.
In a statement read out in court, the woman said she was “terrified and violated” that someone had entered her home without permission.
“After she left, she started moving a few hours later,” Ms Thomas said.
“She knew her neighbor, and her grandmother had helped her in the past when she was alive.
“She was attacked in her bedroom where she thought she should be safe.”
Since then, the woman has paid for the locks on all the doors of her house.
Officers called to the scene, later finding footprints in the back of his home that led to the front door.
Both were arrested and found with a hammer and two slippery pairs of shoes.
In his police interview, Kill Byrne claimed to have gone to a friend’s house and fell asleep when he woke up to the sound of a bang, and assumed it was the police.
Banks said he was “cool” in bed at home, then heard a commotion in the back garden.
He added that he thought the police were coming to his house about drugs.
Culburn is said to have been given a previous sentence for having a bladed article, and the banks have been given 24 sentences for 49 crimes, including robbery and assault.
In a discount to banks, David Morton said his client made an “unpleasant” decision.
He said that he wanted a full apology from the complainant and wished him well for the future.
“He has already left the property and will not return.”
Releasing for Kill Byrne, Constitution John Stone said: “He fully admits that he is guilty and that it was part of a joint venture.
The court adjourned Culburn’s sentence until October 28 to seek a psychiatric report due to his mental health condition.
Punishing the banks, recorder Imran Shafi QC said: “One can only imagine that two masked men confronted him.
“What’s offensive is that he helped you and your grandmother.
“She still feels violated and has to lock all the doors of her house, and she is shocked that her neighbor has committed such a barbaric act. She initially thought she had been killed. can go.
Riddle Avenue banks were jailed for seven and a half years.
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