Pair jailed for Newark aggravated burglary

6 September 2019, 10:03 | Updated: 6 September 2019, 10:05

John Price, Joseph Lee, Newark aggravated burglary

Two men have been jailed for a combined total of more than 30 years after bursting into a house in Nottinghamshire and slashing a man and woman with a knife.

The pair, aged 49 and 45, heard a knock at their door in Philip Road, Newark, at around 7.42pm on 18 January 2019, and were pushed back as the man answered it.

Both John Price, 32, and Joseph Lee, 22, were each holding a knife and shouting demands. 

They punched and kicked the man before slashing him to the forehead and arms.

The woman, 45, suffered 'defence style' slash injuries to her hands and was hit on the head with a ceramic mug.

The victims were taken to hospital for treatment but their injuries were not life-threatening or life-altering but the attack left them extremely shaken.

Price, formerly of Turner Lane, Boughton, was found guilty of aggravated burglary, causing grievous bodily harm with intent and causing actual bodily harm following a three-day trial at Nottingham Crown Court last month. He was jailed yesterday, Thursday 5 September, at Nottingham Crown Court for a total of 20 years, including a four-year extended sentence.

Lee, formerly of Bowbridge Lane, Balderton, pleaded guilty to the same offences, as well as possession of a bladed article, at a previous hearing. He was sentenced to ten years and two months in prison yesterday.

Detective Sergeant Gary Hewson, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: "This was a terrifying ordeal for these two people who were attacked completely out of the blue by two men who turned up with weapons to the house.

"Nottinghamshire Police takes weapon-enabled violence extremely seriously. The impact it has on victims and their communities cannot be underestimated. I hope the sentence gives some reassurance to them that these types of crimes will not be tolerated in Nottinghamshire."