Four men wearing balaclavas who forced their way into a family’s home before subjecting them to a terrifying ordeal were today behind bars.
Brothers Patrick and Craig Drummond, Gavin Elleston and Jason Darrall tied Alan Micklewright’s hands up with cable while they raided his home in Harden Road, Bloxwich.
Mr Micklewright’s wife and two young sons were at home at the time but managed to escape out of a back door, Wolverhampton Crown Court heard. Mrs Micklewright had then stopped a police car in the street.
Patrick Drummond, aged 45, of Grosvenor Road, Handsworth, and his brother Craig, 43, of Barnet Road, Erdington, both previously admitted robbery. They were jailed for 64 months each.
Elleston, aged 33, of Kings Road, Birmingham and Darrall, 35, of no fixed address, were both found guilty of robbery after a trial.
Elleston was jailed for four years and Darrall for eight years. Mr Harinderpal Dhami, prosecuting, said the group went to the family’s home in February. He told the court: “The husband and wife were watching TV in the living room. Their children were playing Xbox.
“There was a knock on the door at around 7pm. The man at the door was Darrall, pretending to deliver a parcel. The other men came running up the drive.
“Mr Micklewright was taken to the ground and his hands were tied behind his back. He shouted out to his wife.”
Mr Micklewright’s wife flagged down a police car in the street after escaping, the court heard. When officers entered the house, the four defendants had barricaded themselves in a room and the police had to break the door down to arrest the men. The gang had taken a quantity of jewellery from the house.
Miss Saleema Mahmood, defending both Drummonds, said the pair were remorseful. She added: “They were not aware the complainant’s wife and children were in the property.”
Mr Gerry Bermingham, defending Elleston, said: “He knows he has brought shame on his family.”
Judge Michael Dudley told the defendants: “This was a premeditated group robbery of the victim in his own home.”