Knife attack raider jailed for 18 years
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.”