Teen failed to use his head dur­ing at­tempted bur­glary

Young crim­i­nal caught af­ter leav­ing his hat at scene of crime

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

A ‘DAN­GER­OUS and vi­o­lent’ teenager who at­tempted to bur­gle a house armed with a knife was caught af­ter he left his hat at the scene.

Saeed Ali, of Con­naught Road, Har­les­den, was jailed for four years and six months on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 29 for at­tempted ag­gra­vated bur­glary, hav­ing been con­victed in July.

Dur­ing his three-day trial, Isle­worth Crown Court heard how Ali tar­geted an ad­dress in Blos­som Way, West Dray­ton, with two male as­so­ci­ates at around 6.30pm on Fe­bru­ary 5.

One rang the door­bell, ask­ing to speak to a man called ‘Jessie’. A woman opened the front door and Ali and his two as­so­ci­ates punched their way into the house.

Ali grabbed a knife from the kitchen and used it to threaten a man, while an ac­com­plice went up­stairs to look for valu­ables.

The male vic­tim had a short strug­gle with one of the sus­pects be­fore all three fled the empty-handed.

Dur­ing the in­ci­dent a neigh­bour, who had heard scream­ing and shout­ing, di­alled 999.

The two vic­tims at­tended a lo­cal hospi­tal as a pre­cau­tion but did not need any treat­ment.

Hilling­don CID found a red hat close to the front door which had been worn by one of the sus­pects. With help from foren­sic teams they were able to match DNA found on the hat to Ali.

On Fe­bru­ary 26, of­fi­cers called at Ali’s home ad­dress where he was ar­rested.

ad­dress How­ever, his two ac­com­plices re­main at large and en­quiries re­main on­go­ing.

DC Anji Daw­son said: “Ali is a dan­ger­ous and vi­o­lent young man who has shown no re­morse for what he put the vic­tims through.

“He, along with two oth­ers, barged into the vic­tims’ house, as­saulted them and threat­ened them with a knife.

“They were ter­ri­fied in their own home, a place where they should have felt safe.

“Thank­fully they were not se­ri­ously in­jured, how­ever the psy­cho­log­i­cal ef­fects will take a long time to heal. I would like to praise the vic­tims’ courage in com­ing to court and giv­ing ev­i­dence against Ali, es­pe­cially while the ef­fects of this vi­o­lent bur­glary were still very ob­vi­ously dis­tress­ing and trau­matic for them.

“To­day’s sen­tence re­flects the sever­ity of the of­fence com­mit­ted by Ali and serves as a re­minder that the Met Po­lice will not tol­er­ate this type of vi­o­lent crime and will pur­sue of­fend­ers ro­bustly with ev­ery ev­i­den­tial and foren­sic re­source avail­able.”

n ‘DAN­GER­OUS AND VI­O­LENT’: Saeed Ali

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