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A man and women have been jailed for a violent burglary during which two elderly brothers were assaulted.
Rohan Daley, 41 (15.09.73) of Yelverton Road, London, SW11 was sentenced to a total of four years in prison for burglary and one count of possession of a knife.
Daley also received an additional 12 month sentence after admitting to an unrelated burglary.
Nicola Barwell, 38 (25.10.75) of Peabody Estate, St Johns’ Hill, London, SW11, was sentenced to 32 months in prison after admitting one count of burglary.
Both were sentenced on Wednesday, 1 October at Kingston Crown Court after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing.
The court heard how in the early hours of the morning on the Sunday, 11 May two elderly brothers were asleep in their Clapham home.
At around 04:30hrs one of the men, aged 78, was woken up by the sound of someone forcing open the front door. He was confronted by Daley who had entered his bedroom and was demanding money.
Barwell also entered the room and began a search. Daley punched the elderly victim, causing a bruise to his face. The pair completed their search and then left the room. The man used this opportunity to call the police.
The second victim, aged 67, who was sleeping in a downstairs bedroom, heard the commotion and went to the bottom of the stairs. Daley picked a stepladder and threw it at him, striking him in the chest and knocking him backwards.
Daley grappled with the man and tried to grab his walking stick. He was joined by Barwell and they again demanded money and searched the room. Daley used a screwdriver to rip open the pensioner’s mattress.
Both then returned to the first bedroom where Daley threw a torch at the 78-year-old man, causing a two inch gash above his eye. After this they left the property but were chased and arrested by police officers who had arrived at the scene.
Daley was seen to discard property that he had stolen from the house and when he was searched, a lock-knife was found in his trouser pocket. Barwell was arrested whilst trying to climb over a fence.
Detective Constable Tony Davis, of Wandsworth CID, said: “This was a horrendous crime where two vulnerable and elderly men were attacked in their home. Daley is a dangerous individual who would do anything for his own gain; while Barwell has shown a shocking lack of compassion. Thankfully, despite their horrendous ordeal, one of the victims courageously called police and the fast response by officers helped bring this pair to justice.”