Man jailed for Norwich burglary
A 40-year-old Norwich man has been jailed for nine years after being found guilty of an aggravated burglary in 2014.
Lee Stewart, of Savery Close, Norwich was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court on Friday 5 February 2016, following a trial in which he was found guilty of an incident at a property in Norwich in October 2014.
Another man, Ryan Staff, also of Savery Close, Norwich appeared alongside Stewart and was found not guilty of aggravated burglary. He had previously pleaded guilty to producing a Class B drug, namely cannabis and was handed a 12 month conditional discharge.
Officers were called in the early hours of Monday 13 October 2014, after reports two men had broken into a property in Savery Close and assaulted a man, now aged in his late 30s, with a crow bar. The victim sustained cuts and bruises to his head, arms and chest as a result of the incident.
Police attended the scene and arrested Staff on suspicion of aggravated burglary. A search was conducted at his home address and cannabis plants were discovered growing in an outbuilding. Four plants were seized as well as a transformer. He was further arrested on suspicion of cultivating cannabis and taken to Wymondham Police Investigation Centre for questioning.
Stewart was arrested later that morning in the city and was taken to Wymondham PIC to be questioned by officers.
Both were subsequently charged on 11 November 2014 with one count of aggravated burglary. Staff was also charged with one count of producing a Class B drug, namely cannabis.
Detective Constable Craig Brooke, who led the enquiry, welcomed the result saying:
"The sentence accurately reflects the severity of this unprovoked and extremely violent attack.
"This was particularly distressing for the victim and this case should act as a warning that anyone committing this kind of crime can expect to receive a custodial sentence.”