Jail for thugs who raided flat

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Two men who were part of a masked gang that broke into a Ilkeston home and brandished a hunting knife, cosh and screwdriver have been jailed for a total of 15 years.

Liam Skadorwa, Joseph Mannion and another man kicked in the front door and burst into the home, brandishing their weapons with their faces covered, while a couple were watching television.

The man was pushed to the floor, while the woman tried to hide under a table.

Derby Crown Court heard the gang was looking for money and drugs and upturned the sofa during their search in the Bath Street flat.

One man stood over the woman and shouted: “Have you got any money?”

The two other men, who had a one-foot long hunting knife and a cosh, stood over the man. The woman heard one of them say: “Stab him, stab him.”

Gregor Purcell, prosecuting, said: “She feared that was a threat that was going to be carried out. It’s clear the ordeal was terrifying.”

The woman then tried to discreetly call the police but she was spotted and there was a tussle over her phone. But, said Mr Purcell: “The call had in fact connected and police were alerted to what was going on.”

The men then left the home with a wooden box, which they believed contained drugs, a bag and £80. Mannion and Skadorwa were arrested a short distance away. No-one else has been caught for breaking into the flat.

In court, Mannion, 21, of Keppel Court, Ilkeston, and Skadorwa, 26, of High Street, Heanor, admitted aggravated burglary. Mannion said he had been tcarrying the cosh.

A further defendant, Dannielle Charlton, 21, of St Norbert Drive, Kirk Hallam, admitted burglary. She had previously been a friend of the woman victim and had sent Skadorwa text messages, saying where drugs could be found in the property and that a knife was kept behind the mirror.

Judge Jonathan Bennett jailed Mannion for six years and Skadorwa for nine-and-a-half years. Charlton was jailed for eight months.