Two jailed after bru­tal home at­tack Late night vi­o­lence

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A masked Wishaw thug who car­ried out a “ter­ri­fy­ing as­sault” on a cou­ple in their home in Mother­well has been jailed for more than four years.

Steven Con­nor, 33, ad­mit­ted as­sault­ing the cou­ple at their home in Din­mont Cres­cent on April 22 this year with in­tent to rob them.

He car­ried out the at­tack with 31- year- old Gary Wil­son, from Coat­bridge.

Wil­son was jailed for three years and seven months, while Con­ner copped a four year and four month sen­tence.

Con­nor will also be monitered in the com­mu­nity for three years fol­low­ing his re­lease. The High Court in Glas­gow heard that Con­nor was out early on li­cence from an 18-month sen­tence when he took part in the rob­bery bid.

L o r d Bu r n s told the pair : “You both in­volved your­selves in a ter­ri­fy­ing as­sault on these house­hold­ers with your faces masked and weapons in your hands.”

The court was told that Con­nor has a sig­nif­i­cant record for vi­o­lence.

Pros­e­cu­tor Greg Far­rell said: “The cou­ple were sit­ting watch­ing tele­vi­sion at 11.30pm when they heard a bang on their front front door.

“Two men wear­ing black masks with skull faces on them burst in. Each was car­ry­ing a ham­mer and a knife.

“One of them said: ‘This is a rob­bery, drugs, money.’”

One of the men pushedthe woman and the man in­ter­vened to help her and was hit by both ac­cused.

Con­nor hit the male vic­tim on the arm and Wil­son hit him on the knee. Both thugs hit him with a ham­mer and then fled.

So­lic­i­tor ad­vo­cate Shahid Latif, rep­re­sent­ing Con­nor, said: “He turned back to drug abuse after his busi­ness failed.

“This in­ci­dent was of short du­ra­tion and no one was se­ri­ously hurt.”

So­lic­i­tor ad­vo­cate Rhonda An­der­son, rep­re­sent­ing Wil­son, said: “They were only in the house for about two min­utes.

“The man re­ceived a mi­nor in­jury to his arm.

“Mr Wil­son has dis­played re­morse.”

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