A man has been jailed for raiding a Dersingham home and punching the owner when she tried to stop the theft.
John Curtis, 33, of Blunts Drove, West Walton, has been sentenced to 40 months after admitting burglary at the home in Woodside Avenue and punching the woman after she tried to grab some of the stolen property.
He was joined in the dock by Charley Oakley, 20, of Sandbank, Wisbech St Mary, who admitted a burglary charge and was imprisoned for 47 months. The pair were jailed during a hearing in Norwich CrownCourt on Friday last week.
The news of the pair’s sentencing has been welcomed by Det Con Jonathan Duncan, from Lynn’s CID department.
He said:“House burglary is an intrusive crime that can have devastating effects on the victims, not only did these men break into a property intent on stealing they also assaulted the female occupant when she disturbed them causing her great distress.
“We are pleased with this result, the fact the both men were handed such strong sentences shows the severity of their actions and that this behaviour will not be tolerated.”
Curtis and Oakley took jewellery, children’s toys and cash from the home during the raid on March 12.
The pair were trying to escape through the back door when the owner arrived home.
She attempted to grab some of the stolen property but was punched by Curtis before both men ran off.
They were later arrested by police.