A robber who was part of a masked gang that terrorised a family in their home and made off with £3,000 in cash has been jailed.
Nathan Shakes was part of the group that forced their way into the property in Argyle Road, Blakenhall, Wolverhampton, before ransacking the place.
At one stage a nine-year-old boy in the house even tried to prevent one of the robbers running upstairs but was kicked away by one of the thieves.
The gang of four, of which 23-year-old Shakes is the only one to be sentenced, made off with electrical equipment and personal documents belonging to the family including passports.
At Wolverhampton Crown Court prosecutor Ms Rhiannon Jones described the moments the group burst into the home.
She said: “The father and his 14-year-old daughter had returned from visiting friends. When they pulled onto the drive he acknowledged two men, he let his daughter into the house and tried to close the door behind him but it was forced open.
“In the house was his wife and three other children aged nine, 12 and 15. He was held down and he had fallen on top of his daughter. A chair was used to restrain them.
“The father recalls hearing other members of his family screaming and crying. His daughter tried to call the police but the phone was knocked out of her hands.
“The men tried to get upstairs and the nine-year-old tried to stop them but he was kicked away.”
A victim impact statement was read out in court where the owner of the property said he no longer felt he could protect his family and felt vulnerable.
Police traced Shakes after a finger print was found on the inside of the front door of the property.
The court was told that in 2010 Shakes had been jailed for three years for possession of class A with intent to supply.
Mr Anthony Bell, defending, said: “He says he was standing outside and only went in to call others involved to get out. This is a departure to previous offences he has committed because it involves violence. He is remorseful and has written a letter to the family to say sorry.”
Shakes of Mostyn Street, Whitmore Reans, Wolverhampton pleaded guilty to a charge of robbery.
Judge Amjad Nawaz jailed him for five years and four months.
As he passed sentence Judge Nawaz said: “You have left the victims of this robbery psychologically scarred for the rest of their lives.”