Pair burgle house and slash victim with a knife in Leicestershire

Two men from Leicestershire have been jailed for more than 18 years after they burgled a property and slashed one of their victims with a knife a number of times.

The incident happened on
the afternoon of Monday 5 February. Police responded to a report of an aggravated burglary in Nanpantan Road, Loughborough.

The court heard how the defendants entered the property and threatened the occupants with a knife.

They claimed they were there because the victims had contacted the police for an unrelated matter which they took offence to.

One of the victims was assaulted and sustained slash wounds to his back, neck and head. The second victim wasn’t hurt. Bank cards were stolen from the property.

As soon as the defendants left the property the police were called and they were traced in a local housing estate and arrested.

Blake Cleaver, 26, of Grant Way, Leicester and Adam Morton, 26, of Manor Drive, Loughborough were arrested within half an hour of the report.

Both men pleaded guilty to burglary with intent to commit GBH at an earlier hearing.

Cleaver was sentenced to nine years and nine months in prison for aggravated burglary with intent to commit GBH.

He was also sentenced to four years for burglary and one month for possession of a Class B drug.

The burglary and drugs sentence is to run concurrently with the sentence for aggravated burglary with intent.

Morton was sentenced to nine years and nine months in prison for aggravated burglary with intent to commit GBH.

He was also sentenced to nine months in prison for Contempt of Court after an incident in the court room.

PC Lee Cannings was the investigating officer in the case. He said: “This was a traumatic incident for the victims in their own home.”

“The result is a testament to the swift actions of the officers who responded that afternoon. They were found in possession of the stolen property and the evidence against them was overwhelming. They had no choice but to plead guilty to their part in the incident.”

“Yet again we see another incident where individuals have chosen to carry a knife and had no qualms in using it. Knife crime is and remains a priority for the force and we will continue to bring people to justice and put them before the courts.”