Pair jailed after tying up mum and son
Burglars caged for threatening elderly woman and 53-year-old man with stun gun
TWO prolific burglars who tied up and threatened a 71-year-old woman and her son with a stun gun have been jailed.
The men were sentenced to 26 years in prison between them for a string of offences including the aggravated burglary and attempting to run over a police officer, and others committed across West London.
David Augustine, 36, of Cromwell Road, Hayes, was jailed for 15 years.
Krishna Modely, 27, from Chertsey, was sentenced to 11 years at Isleworth Crown Court on Friday, September 5.
A third man, Craig Sadler, 31 of Tudor Road, Hayes, was arrested in February and charged with aggravated burglary but following the trial he was found not guilty.
Augustine and Modely entered a home in Lower Cippenham Lane, Slough, where a 71-year-old woman and her 53-yearold son were living, at around 10pm on Tuesday, February 11.
During the ordeal the woman was grabbed from behind, pushed into her bedroom and her jewellery was forcefully removed.
Her son was threatened with a stun gun.
Both victims had their hands and feet tied together and their faces covered with a pillow.
An Audi A6, Asian gold valuing £15,000, £7,200 in cash and a number of electrical items were stolen.
Despite neither victim being able to identify the suspects due to shock, an investigation by Hillingdon Crime Squad successfully linked both Augustine and Modely to the scene.
Augustine received 10 years for the aggravated burglary, three years for attempted GBH of a police officer, one year for a burglary at Fern Lane, Hounslow and one year for a burglary at Silverdale Close in Northolt.
A sentence of one year for a burglary in Brentvale Avenue, Southall, six months for making off without payment from a BP garage in Greenford and four months for driving whilst disqualified will be served during his 15 years in jail.
Augustine has also been disqualified from driving for 10 years.
Modely was also jailed for 10 years for his part in the aggravated burglary, one year for a burglary at Fern Lane in Hounslow and one year, to be served concurrently, for making off without payment from the BP garage in Greenford.
Det Con Emma Butcher from Hillingdon Crime Squad said: “The elderly mother and her son are still coming to terms with their terrifying ordeal. I hope that with this sentence they find some comfort and can go on to live their lives without fear.
“Fortunately, these incidents are very rare and hopefully the two dangerous individuals will reflect on how their actions have had a traumatic and long lasting effect on all those involved”
A day after the burglary, Augustine was spotted driving the stolen Audi in Wood End, Hayes, by a police officer. He mounted the curb and drove at the officer, who had to dive out of the way to avoid getting hit.
He was again seen driving the stolen car on February 20, now with false number plates, and was arrested, along with two other men who assisted him during the burglary in Southall.
Modely was arrested during a police search of his home on February 26.
Det Ch Insp Richard Turner said: “An excellent investigation was conducted by a number of officers from Hillingdon Crime Squad.
“These significant sentences would not have been possible without the hard work of these officers and the bravery of the victims.”
Two other men who assisted Augustine during the burglary in Brentvale Avenue in Southall will be sentenced on Tuesday, October 2.
They admitted the charge at a hearing in May.
Krishna Modely (left) and David Augustine