SYTECH – Cell-Site Analysis in action.
Burglary, four men attacked a woman in her own home whilst her husband was away in May 2013. She was sleeping in her own bedroom at the time the men attacked her. They held a knife to her neck requesting they have access to the family safe and any other possessions they have.
Week commencing 11th February 2015 Scott Ball, one of the four gang members, received 3 years for conspiracy to commit burglary.
SYTECH – Cell-Site Analysis helped to locate the direction of movement of Scott Ball during the periods of interest, linking him to the burglary that took place May 2013.
“Gang jailed after Penkridge mother’s knifepoint burglary ordeal”
A MOTHER has spoken of her terrifying knifepoint ordeal after burglars broke into her home.
The woman, then 44, was tied up and had a knife held to her neck as four men ransacked her Stafford Road, Penkridge home.
Her elder son, who was 15 at the time, fought with gang members who were also armed with a cosh and he struck one several times. The teenager escaped injury but his younger brother, then aged 12, was hit in the face and knocked to the floor, causing bruising.
This week five people were starting jail terms totalling 37 years for their part in the raid, which happened while the woman’s husband was away in May 2013.
She said: “It’s been a very hard 18 months but now we feel justice has been done.”
Her ordeal began just after midnight when she was in bed.
The mother told the Newsletter: “They came upstairs and into my bedroom with knives. There were four of them and they had a knife to my neck and tied me up.
“They were asking if we had a safe and what possessions we had. They were ransacking everything,” she said.
The gang forced the woman to open a safe and stole cash and jewellery.
“I was terrified, wondering whether my children were alive because my sons were in the house,” she said. “The raiders left but then came across my sons – they attacked my boys.
“I was just terrified. You just do what they want because I didn’t know if my children were alive. They’re very brave bless them.”
The offenders escaped in a vehicle driven by a female accomplice.
The five were later arrested and appeared at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court on Friday.
Leon Gordon, 33, formerly of Heathfield Lane, Darlaston, Matthew Bristow, 28, formerly of Heathfield Lane, Darlaston, and Marcus Davies, 35, of St James Road, Leicester, received 11 years each having been found guilty of conspiracy to commit burglary and robbery.
Scott Ball, 41, of Norton Green Lane, Norton Canes, received three years for conspiracy to commit burglary.
Christie Phillips, 20, formerly of Heathfield Lane, Darlaston, was convicted of conspiracy to commit burglary and jailed for one year.
DCI Paul Bentley, of Staffordshire Police, said: “This was a terrifying ordeal for a mother and her two sons, and it has had a lasting impact on them. Their bravery in giving evidence in court is to be applauded and I hope it encourages other victims of crime to come forward and speak out.”
The mother added: “They do these things for gain and they don’t realise the devastation they have left behind them, how they ruin people’s lives.”