By Court Reporter 16/04 Updated: 01/05 10:16
A TERRIFIED young man fractured his heel when he jumped from a bedroom window as armed intruders tried to smash down his bedroom door with an axe to get at him.
Despite his injury, Sean Aley managed to get away and hide until the police arrived, and one of his would-be attackers was caught after his blood was found in the house.
And at Warwick Crown Court, Ross Lloyd pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated burglary with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm on Mr Aley.
Lloyd, 17, of Pytchley Road, Rugby, who had originally denied the charge, was sentenced to five-and-a-half years detention.
Prosecutor Elizabeth Power said on May 15 last year Mr Aley and his girlfriend Karina Hutchins were asleep in the lounge of their home in Millbeck, Brownsover, while her six-year-old son was asleep in his bedroom upstairs.
The couple were woken by a thud at the front door at shortly before midnight, and when Mr Aley looked out of the window he saw three men, all with their faces covered, in the front garden.
Mr Aley shouted to his partner to get upstairs, and she rushed up and got her son before taking him into the main bedroom, followed by Mr Aley who pushed the divan bed against the door to barricade them in.
They could hear at least two men in the house, and were terrified when the blade of an axe then came through the bedroom door as the intruders tried to smash their way in.
Fearing the men were after him, Mr Aley jumped from the bedroom window to the lawn below, fracturing his heel.
Despite his injury, he managed to stumble away and hide behind a nearby wheelie bin as the intruders shouted to Miss Hutchins, asking where he was.
She replied that he was not there, and they realised he had got out, so they left before the police arrived about five minutes later and Mr Aley came out of hiding.
Lloyd, who had convictions for burglary and theft, was arrested after his blood was found in the house.
But he replied ‘no comment’ to questions put to him by the police, so the motive for the violent break-in remained unknown.
Andrew Tucker, defending, said Lloyd was with two other young men who were older than him, and there was no evidence he was in possession of the weapon.
Mr Taylor added: “He is currently going through some difficulties as an adolescent, and often these phases of bad behaviour by young men prove to be short-lived. There is every prospect that in the future he will be able to keep himself out of trouble."
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