Burglar jailed for attacking three teenagers with metal bars - Hemel Hempstead

10/02/2017

A burglar, who terrified three young men in Hemel Hempstead, attacking them with metal bars, has today, Friday, 10 February 2017, been jailed for nine years.

David Payne, who was on licence from a sentence for a knifepoint robbery at the time of the Hemel offence, was told that as a dangerous offender he would have to serve at least six years of the nine year sentence and would be on licence for an extended period. It would be up to the Parole Board to decide his release date.

Payne, aged 33 of Pulleys Lane, Hemel had denied aggravated burglary, but was convicted by a jury at Luton Crown Court. On Friday he appeared over a video link from Bedford prison to be sentenced.

Wayne Cleaver, prosecuting read extracts from statements the victims had made about their ordeal. They had been having a party at one of their homes in Autumn Glades, Hemel, while his mother was away. One had been selling cannabis and Payne had been a customer at the door, who said he would come back later for a bigger deal. But when he returned, with another man, the three teenagers, who remained at the party, were attacked with iron bars while property was taken. Mr Cleaver said the party host was kept separate from his friends and thought he was going to die. He said it was like a hostage situation.

Two of the youths have since been unable to be left alone and suffered psychologically. The third, who was the one selling the cannabis, felt responsible for what happened.

The court was told that Payne had 67 previous convictions. He was last released from prison on licence in January 2016. The aggravated burglary was in March 2016. Despite the jury's guilty verdict he continues to maintain his denial of the offence.

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