Knife at­tack raider jailed for 18 years

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS -

A VI­CIOUS bur­glar who stabbed two peo­ple after forc­ing his way into their home has been jailed for 18 years.

Craig Mackin, 37, of Meadow Street, Spring­field, Wi­gan, was found guilty of ag­gra­vated bur­glary and as­sault after a trial at Bolton Crown Court.

An ac­com­plice, Craig Heaton, 46, of Mark­land Court, Frog Lane, Wi­gan, had ear­lier pleaded guilty to bur­glary.

Mackin re­ceived a to­tal of 18 years while Heaton was handed a three-year and four month sen­tence.

At about 9.30pm on Satur­day April 15 this year, the pair barged their way into a house on Avon Road, in Wi­gan, and threat­ened the oc­cu­pants with a kitchen knife, de­mand­ing money.

Mackin then punched one of the oc­cu­pants, a 26-year-old woman in the face and stabbed her in the thigh.

A 50-year-old man was also stabbed in the leg by Mackin.

One of the vic­tims man­aged to call po­lice and, as Mackin and Heaton were try­ing to flee, the po­lice ar­rived to ar­rest them.

Both vic­tims were taken to hos­pi­tal for treat­ment to their wounds.

De­tec­tive Sergeant Nigel Rigby, of GMP’s Wi­gan Bor­ough, said: “This was a nasty and vi­o­lent at­tempt to get money from the vic­tims, which sadly ended in two peo­ple be­ing stabbed.

“Mackin and Heaton thought they could get away with it and were try­ing to flee when they were stopped by po­lice and to­day’s sen­tence just shows that crime doesn’t pay.”

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