Armed thugs battered down a 69-year-old man’s door and tried to steal his £4,200 gambling winnings in shocking footage released by police.
David Evans, 40, and Jamie Percival, 33, who had an axe and a knife, were caught on CCTV storming into the house in North Tyneside on September 21.
They kicked their way in as the terrified victim tried to barricade himself in the bathroom and his guest fled the home, Newcastle Crown Court heard.
The victim was left with a cut to the head after being hit with the axe but the raiders only managed to get away with around £80.
David Evans (left), 40, and Jamie Percival (right), 33, who had an axe and a knife, were caught on CCTV storming into the house in North Tyneside on September 21
Prosecutor Kevin Wardlaw told the court: ‘Two days prior he had enjoyed a £4,200 gambling win, informing only a few people of this.
‘Nevertheless, it is apparent word of this was to get around and the win was the motivation for the offence.’
Mr Wardlaw said the raiders had initially stormed into the wrong house before they got to the victim’s.
Mr Wardlaw told the court: ‘On hearing the glass panel break, the complainant barricaded himself in his bedroom by placing a chest of drawers against the door.
‘The defendants managed to force entry to the bedroom and caused the door to come away from its hinges.
‘On entering the bedroom both defendants, who were masked, repeatedly demanded to know where the money was.’
The court heard the victim was hit ‘with not much force’ on the head with the axe and suffered a cut to his scalp.
The victim ended up on the floor and there was a struggle before he told the men his money was in the car and managed to escape out of the front door.
Mr Recorder Christopher Williams sentenced them to six years each for what he said ‘must have been a traumatic affair’
In a victim statement the pensioner said: ‘Due to the incident I feel battered about. I have a cut to my head and sore back. I feel shaken up by what has happened.’
Evans and Percival, both of Longbenton, North Tyneside, admitted aggravated burglary.
Both men have long criminal records and have served prison sentences in the past.
Mr Recorder Christopher Williams sentenced them to six years each for what he said ‘must have been a traumatic affair’.
Fiona Lamb, defending Evans, said the raiders had taken drugs and added: ‘He is very sorry for what happened.
‘He is hoping to get a grip of his problems and make it different this time.’
Stuart Graham, also defending, said Percival had ‘really tried to make a go of things’ after his last prison sentence but went on a ‘downward spiral’ because of drugs.
Source: Daily Mail UK