Three jailed for ty­ing up mum and son in bur­glary

Crim­i­nals put fam­ily through ter­ri­fy­ing or­deal that left son ‘plagued with fear’

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Alexan­der Ballinger alexan­der.ballinger@trin­i­tymir­

THREE men have been jailed for car­ry­ing out a vi­cious bur­glary in Hilling­don which saw a mother and her son tied up in their home.

The men had worn high-vis­i­bil­ity jack­ets when they forced their way into the home, in Break­s­pear Road, in a ter­ri­fy­ing or­deal that left the vic­tim shaken for months.

Dur­ing the trio’s sen­tenc­ing on Fri­day Novem­ber 4, Isle­worth Crown Court heard the vic­tim slept with her bed­room light left on for months and said the crime is some­thing she will never for­get.

On Jan­uary 22 this year, the three men drove to the house at around 1pm and forced their way into the vic­tim’s home, the court was told.

Prose­cut­ing bar­ris­ter Ty­rone Sil­cott said: “For months af­ter the in­ci­dent she kept her bed­room lights on ev­ery night due to fear.

“She was scared some­one would come back for re­venge be­cause she re­ported them.

“When some­one knocks the door she has is­sues open­ing the front door.

“She blames her­self. If she hadn’t opened the door none of this would have hap­pened.”

Daniel O’Brien, 30, of Webbs Road, Hayes, Roy Sal­is­bury, 31, of no fixed abode, and Charles O’Leary, 30, of Hesa Road, Hayes, were all sen­tenced at Isle­worth Crown Court dur­ing a hear­ing where their crime was de­scribed as ‘aw­ful’ and ‘cal­lous’.

O’Brien was sen­tenced to nine years in prison, Sal­is­bury was jailed to nine years and four months and O’Leary was sen­tenced to eight years and eight months.

Dur­ing his sen­tenc­ing speech, Judge Cur­tis Raleigh said: “It’s quite clear this was a well pre­pared plan.

“You had the weapon, you had the ca­ble ties. You were wear­ing high-vis jack­ets. You had a great deal of in­for­ma­tion about this place and about the peo­ple who were there. “This was a grave of­fence.” The judge also read from the son’s vic­tim state­ment, say­ing “Her son said he was ex­tremely ag­i­tated and anx­ious.

“[He is] plagued with a feel­ing of fear.”

The three men en­tered the house at around 1pm and once in­side O’Brien pushed the wo­man into the lounge and bound her hands and an­kles with ca­bles ties.

“CCTV and the stills show at ap­prox­i­mately 1.10pm the de­fen­dants walk­ing to the home of the vic­tims,” Mr Sil­cott said. “They had their hoods pulled up. They had on high-vis jack­ets and it was very dif­fi­cult to see their faces. The vic­tim heard the knock at the door. She could see two fig­ures through the front door and thought it might be a par­cel de­liv­ery.”

Sal­is­bury and O’Leary went im­me­di­ately to the first floor of the house af­ter they forced their way into the home, where the vic­tim’s son had left his room when he heard his mother scream.

The two of­fend­ers bound the son and de­manded to know where cash and jew­ellery was kept.

Sal­is­bury struck the son in the face with a weapon – a dumb­bell the men had brought with them – and in the foot, caus­ing a cut.

Af­ter the two men threat­ened to hurt the mother, her son told them where cash was kept.

One of­fender asked the son “Where is the safe? Where is the gold?” the court heard.

The whole or­deal lasted 15 to 20 min­utes and the three of­fend­ers fled the house with more than £30,000 worth of cash and jew­ellery.

Af­ter the men had fled, the vic­tim, still tied up, jumped to the front door to lock it and was able to call the po­lice.

The court heard each of the three of­fend­ers had a his­tory of pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions – Sal­is­bury had been con­victed 13 times for 28 of­fences, O’Brien 13 con­vic­tions for 19 of­fences, and O’Leary seven con­vic­tions for 12 of­fences.

Each of the three of­fend­ers pleaded guilty to ag­gra­vated bur­glary ear­lier this year.

JAILED: (From left) Daniel O’Brien, Charles O’Leary and Roy Sal­is­bury

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