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Two men sentenced to prison for violent home invasion

|News, Violent crime

Two men have been sentenced for their part in a terrifying home invasion in broad daylight.

Tyrone Downes, 32, and Junioroy Barrett, 31, were each sentenced yesterday (23 November 2020) at Wolverhampton Crown Court to seven years and five months' imprisonment. Both men had previously pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary and criminal damage charges. Barrett was also sentenced for one count of assault.

Around 3.40pm on 17 April 2020, the masked men armed with crowbars and hammers kicked down the front door of the property in Great Barr and burst into the family home. They targeted the property because they hoped they would be able to steal a substantial amount of cash and gold. While at the property, Barrett assaulted one of the occupants.

When the men made off from the scene, the getaway car was being driven in such a manner that it alerted nearby traffic officers who stopped the Peugeot near to the scene of the burglary.

Neighbours had already dialled 999 alerting police to screams coming from those inside the house.

It was later discovered that the men had scoped out the property the day before. A neighbour had seen the men getting out of the getaway car and walking towards the property and staying in situ for twenty minutes.

On the day of the incident, a witness noticed the Peugeot as he saw two men alight from the vehicle with one man holding what he thought was a broom handle. The witness, thinking this was odd, noted the registration of the car, which later enabled police to arrest the defendants when they could match the registration to the Peugeot they had stopped nearby the scene.

Kate Seal, of the CPS, said: "This was a premeditated and targeted attack to invade another person's home in this manner which would have been a terrifying ordeal for the occupants.

"Downes and Barrett forced entry to the house at the height of a public health crisis while members of the public were being asked to stay at home. People deserve to feel safe and secure in their own homes, and the community response to this incident has been crucial to these men being brought to justice.

"The swift actions of neighbours calling the police and noting the registration of the car assisted the officers who had stopped the vehicle a short distance from the scene, facilitating the arrest of the three males within minutes of them leaving the address."

Notes to editors

  • Kate Seal is a Senior Crown Prosecutor at CPS West Midlands
  • Sentencing details:
    • Junioroy Barrett
      • Count 1: Aggravated burglary, contrary to section 10(1) of the Theft Act 1968 - seven years, five months' imprisonment
      • Count 2: Assault occasioning actual bodily harm, contrary to section 47 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 - four months concurrent
      • Count 3: Damaging property, contrary to section 1(1) of the Criminal Damage Act 1971 - two months concurrent
      • Total: Seven years, five months' imprisonment
    • Tyrone Downes
      • Count 1: Aggravated burglary, contrary to section 10(1) of the Theft Act 1968 - seven years, five months' imprisonment
      • Count 3: Damaging property, contrary to section 1(1) of the Criminal Damage Act 1971 - two months concurrent
      • Forfeiture & destruction order hammer and crowbar
      • Total: Seven years, five months' imprisonment.

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