Teen failed to use his head during attempted burglary
Young criminal caught after leaving his hat at scene of crime
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.”
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