TWO men and a teenage boy have been collectively sentenced to more than 13 years in prison following an aggravated burglary in Harlow.
One of the men, armed with a claw hammer, had broken into a house in Quarry Springs at 1.53am on October 23, 2018.
Upon making his way downstairs to the living room to let in his two associates, who were waiting outside the back door, he disturbed the resident of the house, a man aged in his 50s, who had been reading in the living room.
The victim was threatened and then attacked with the claw hammer when he refused to open the locked back door. He relented, and the second man, who was armed with a wooden bat, and the teenage boy entered the property.
The victim was forced back into the living room, where all three burglars began attacking him with the hammer and bat, as well as punching him.
His mouth was then taped shut to prevent him from making any noise.
After a neighbour heard the commotion of the assault, they called the police and our officers attended before the trio could leave the property.
All three were arrested at the scene on suspicion of aggravated burglary and assault causing actual bodily harm. Upon searching the house, a number of weapons, including a claw hammer, a wooden bat and a pair of scissors were recovered.
Caleb Oduro, 19, and Rawlings Okonedo, 18, both residents of Broadfields, Harlow pleaded guilty to all charges against them at an earlier hearing. The 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, also pleaded guilty.
Oduro also pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis.
Oduro and Akonedo were both handed five years in prison for aggravated burglary, and two years for causing actual bodily harm, which will run concurrently. A further month will run concurrently for Oduro following the possession of cannabis charge.
The 17-year-old was sentenced to 44-months for aggravated burglary. All of his other sentences will run concurrently including: six months for causing actual bodily harm, ten months for robbery, four months for threatening with a blade and four months for being concerned in the supply of cannabis.
They were sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court on Thursday, January 10.
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