Sword attackers get 10 years each

TWO robbers who raided a remote Hodsock cottage have this week each been TWO robbers who raided a remote Hodsock cottage have this week each been jailed for 10 years. .

TWO robbers who raided a remote Hodsock cottage have this week each been jailed for 10 years.

Wayne Castle, 24, of Williams Street, Langold, and Robert Storer, 28, of no fixed abode, had denied tying up 65-year-old businessman 'Sandy' Alexander Cameron Grey, who they assaulted with a cavalry sword.

Passing sentence, Judge Simon Hammond praised local workers who cordoned off the area surrounding Mr Grey's house, preventing the pair from escaping.

"A number of people who worked nearby were gathered together and formed a posse who surrounded the farm building," he said.

"It was not without danger and they are all to be commended for their public-spirited behaviour which led to the capture of these very dangerous criminals."

Judge Hammond also praised Mr Grey for the "great courage" he had shown throughout his ordeal, which happened on 25th June last year.

He said as a result of the attack, Castle and Storer's victim who is chairman of the Timeshare Consumers' Association had suffered a depressed skull.

Mr Grey had to undergo surgery that left him at risk of developing epilepsy and a brain abscess in the future.

Judge Hammond described the robbery as "well planned and brutally executed".

When they entered the cottage in the early morning and realised the owner was there they could have cleared off.

Castle had local knowledge and knew of Mr Grey, who came downstairs in his pyjamas and was attacked with the sword, which broke his arm and smashed his head.

Mr Grey was trussed up with duct tape found in his house before he was dragged into the kitchen where one of the men, wearing a mask, demanded to know where his money was.

In evidence Castle said he went into the cottage and untied Mr Grey after seeing Storer attack him. Storer denied ever going into the cottage.

The jury found the pair guilty of causing Mr Grey grievous bodily harm with intent, and of false imprisonment and robbery at the trial, which finished on Tuesday.

After the verdict, the court heard Storer had 18 previous convictions covering 54 offences and was out on prison licence at the time.

In addition to the 10 years, he was ordered to serve 75 days outstanding from his last sentence. Castle was of previous good character.