Man jailed for 10 years after aggravated burglary in Costessey

A man has been jailed for 10 years after an aggravated burglary in Costessey.

Allen Turner, aged 45, of Chipperfield Road, Norwich, appeared at Norwich Crown Court on Friday 3 September and received a 10-year custodial sentence with an extended period of two years on licence. He had previously pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary at an earlier court hearing.

It follows an incident shortly before 6.30pm on 4 November last year when three masked suspects smashed their way into a house in Costessey while its three residents were at home.

One of the victims - a man aged in his 30s - was in the sitting room when he heard "thudding noises" of someone hitting the glass window behind him, and then saw two men trying to smash the window with a pickaxe. He was followed by a suspect to another part of the house who punched him in the head, causing him to fall to the floor.

A second victim – a woman aged in her 70s – told police how she was in the kitchen when she heard another victim shout ‘there's someone in the house'. She then saw a man on top of the third victim – a man aged in his 60s - with "something in his hand". The male victim was hit on the head with a pickaxe and suffered cuts and grazes to his head and body.

One of the suspects left the property by smashing the front window of the house. Another – believed to be Turner - sustained stab wounds to his thigh as he fled the property after one of the victims fought back against his attackers.

During their enquires, officers identified some blood at the scene and following analysis, discovered it matched the DNA of Turner. The pickaxe was also recovered at the scene.

Turner was arrested in Norwich on Tuesday 17 November 2020 and later charged.

In a statement read out to the court, the female victim said: "I'm afraid to go into empty rooms for fear of what I might see. We are all still very fearful of things and my love for this house has vanished for now. I am hoping with time we can all grow to love the house again. 

"I hope these people realise it's not just the damage to the house that a problem, it's the mental scars that nobody can see."

DC Ryan Westrop of Norfolk Constabulary said: "This must have been terrifying for the victims. Turner is clearly a dangerous individual and I hope the sentence acts as a deterrent to other criminals who think it's acceptable to carry weapons and engage in violence."