JAILED: Men who took part in violent Wisbech burglary which left victim needing 30 stitches
TWO men have been jailed for their parts in a violent burglary which left their battered victim needing more than 30 stitches.
Luke Robinson, 26, James Busfield, 22, and a third unidentified man attacked a 25-year-old man at a flat in King Street, Wisbech, on June 4 last year.
They kicked and punched him, forcing him to flee and lock himself in the bathroom.
They demanded that his 23-year-old girlfriend hand over her phone before breaking down the bathroom door and threatening the man by saying he owed them money.
The unknown attacker held a knife to the victim and cut his arm, leaving him with a wound which required more than 30 stitches, before all three men fled.
Robinson was arrested the following day and Busfield several months later, with the victim picking out both men in an identification parade.
Robinson, of Needham Bank, Friday Bridge, was sentenced to five years and four months for aggravated burglary and six months for two counts of assault. The sentences, imposed at Cambridge Crown Court on Thursday, will run consecutively.
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Busfield, 22, of Kirkgate Road, Tydd St Giles, was sentenced to four years and two months after pleading guilty at a previous hearing.
DC Jon Edwards said: “This was an extremely violent attack and a terrifying experience for the victim and his girlfriend.
“I hope today’s sentence sends out a strong message that assaults of this severity will be treated very seriously and there are consequences for those people who think it’s acceptable to break the law.”