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Man jailed for aggravated burglary in Norwich

Man jailed for aggravated burglary in Norwich
A man has been jailed for nine years after an aggravated burglary in Norwich.

Michael Mensah, aged 23 and from Luton, was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court on Monday 5 August 2019 after being found guilty last month.

The court heard how Mensah had mistakenly burst into a family home in Pound Lane with four other men at around 10.20pm on Wednesday 21 November 2018.

A woman, aged in her 40s, was in a bedroom with her young daughter when she was alerted to the sound of a smash. She went downstairs to find a man holding a knife and another man coming into the house through a window.

The man with the knife grabbed her and held the weapon to her throat whilst demanding "where is the food” – a slang term for drugs.

The woman told the men she did not know what they were referring too before she was dragged upstairs and thrown into her daughter’s bedroom.

The men then searched the home but left when they found nothing.

During their enquiries officers identified some blood at the scene of the incident and following analysis it matched the DNA of Mensah.

Mensah was arrested in Luton on Sunday 13 January 2019 and later charged.

DC Roland Philpin said: "This was a terrifying ordeal for the victim in a case of mistaken identity. Mensah is clearly a dangerous individual and today’s sentencing means he can no longer be a threat to the community.”