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JAILED: Burglars get 32 years after tying up mother with baby in Wolverhampton raid

By Marion Brennan | Penn | Crime | Published: | Last Updated:

Her husband spotted the raid when he checked the couple’s security ‘nanny-cam’ and alerted police.

Wolverhampton Crown Court, where the case was heard

Masked raiders who tied up a terrified mother as she held her baby and then violently ransacked her home in search of gold jewellery have been jailed for a total of 32 years.

Samita Chodha was holding her two-year-old daughter when she answered the front door to Danny Hussain, disguised as a delivery driver.

He asked her to take in a large parcel for one of her neighbours, Wolverhampton Crown Court heard.

When she declined, Hussain, 30, pushed her back into the hallway of her Wolverhampton home, signalling to his accomplices who were waiting in a stolen van to follow, said Mrs Suti Ruck, prosecuting.

Ezekiel Linton, 33, was jailed for nine years and four months

Inside the house Mrs Chodha was knocked to the floor of the lounge still clutching her daughter, and her wrists and ankles bound with cable ties.

Her shocked husband learned of the raid when he checked in on the couple’s security ‘nanny-cam’.

The court heard how he called 999 and raced back to the family home in Sandringham Road, Penn, flagging down a police car on the way.

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Mohammed Masud, 36, was jailed for eight years and eight months

The officers forced their way into the property after finding the raiders had locked the front door from the inside.

They found Mrs Chodha lying in the foetal position on the lounge floor with two of the raiders standing over her and the child brandishing golf clubs.

Mohammed Masud was detained at the scene and the others caught after jumping over the garden fence.

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Police recovered £1,500 from Hussain, who was found hiding in bushes in nearby Belvedere Avenue.

Talha Azim, 27, was jailed for six years and eight months

Talha Azim was picked up in a garden in Whitehouse Avenue whilst Ezekiel Linton was arrested after a chase.

In a statement, Mrs Chodha said she could not be in the house alone any more and was paranoid about another attack.

Mr Chodha described the ordeal as ‘the worst experience of my life’.

The defendants, who all pleaded guilty to the robbery on December 20, apologised for their actions.

But Judge Dean Kershaw said it was a ‘particularly unpleasant and spiteful’ offence and described the gang as ‘cruel and cowardly’.

Hussain, of Lyme Green Road, Stechford, Birmingham, and Linton, 33, of no fixed address, were jailed for nine years and four months.

Masud, 36, of no fixed address, was jailed for eight years and eight months, and Azim, 27, of Priestland Road, Shard End, Birmingham, for six years and eight months.

Marion Brennan

By Marion Brennan
@Marion_EStar

News and features reporter, specialising in human interest and local history stories.

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