Ilkeston man kicked in face and stamped on after trio burst into his home to settle grudge

Three people forced a man to leave his Ilkeston home after bursting in to settle a grudge - leaving him feeling vulnerable months later. Photo: Pixabay
Three people forced a man to leave his Ilkeston home after bursting in to settle a grudge - leaving him feeling vulnerable months later. Photo: Pixabay

Three people forced a man to leave his Ilkeston home after bursting in to settle a grudge - leaving him feeling vulnerable months later.

A court heard that he was struck over the head, forced onto his hands and knees while a knife was taken out of a kitchen drawer.

One intruder kicked his face and stamped on it during the incident outlined at Nottingham Crown Court.

The three intruders admitted affray at Ilkeston on January 18 last year.

They were given 20-month prison terms, suspended for two years.

Their victim is to be protected by a 10-year restraining order which prevents them from contacting him and his partner.

Judge Timothy Spencer QC was shown film from the householder's security camera, revealing them forcing open his front door at night.

The judge said the incident could have got worse but there was evidence that the resident was 'not supine' and that the intruders left with injuries.

The three in the dock were Steven Preston, 41, of Westwick Street, Ilkeston; Carl Tarrant, 49, of Coombe Road, Solihull and Rachel Hall, 49, of Glendon Road, Ilkeston.

The judge said that Hall was already on a suspended sentence at the time of this offence and asked her: "What sort of madness is that?"

He said that before that night Tarrant had 'an impeccable character and should have taken a much wiser course'.

And the judge said that Preston's part added up to 'double madness' because the dispute had nothing to do with him,

ordering him to pay £600 compensation to the man.

The victim felt unsafe at his home and has move away, saying that he felt 'intimidated, scared and still feels vulnerable'.

Lucky Thandi, prosecuting, said that one of the offenders told the man that if he called the police, they would "make sure he was dead."

He was punched to the jaw and knocked backwards.

One looked inside a kitchen drawer and pulled out a knife with a five-inch blade. While the man had been forced onto the floor, there was the suggestion that a second knife had been taken from a drawer, added Miss Thandi.

Daniel Harman, for Hall, said that she is in bad health and is a 'popular mother and grandmother'.

"It was accepted that the man was "defending himself as he is entitled to do in his home," added Mr Harman.

Wahfed Baber, for Tarrant, told the judge that he is in 'seriously ill health and is trying to get on research programmes' which may help him.

Andrew Wesley, for Preston, said: "He was in a fog of alcohol. His regret and remorse looking at that evening is genuine."