Young children are attacked with pepper spray during a break-in at Peterborough - three men jailed

Faustus Mackevicious

Faustus Mackevicious - Credit: Archant

Three men who threatened a family and young children have been jailed for a combined 28 years.

Aidias Levan

Aidias Levan - Credit: Archant

Erikas Idzelis, 28 and Aidias Levan, 26, both of no fixed abode and Faustas Mackevicius, 21, of Whittlesey Road, Stanground were jailed at Peterborough Crown Court on Friday (November 4) following a two week trial.

Armed with a wheel brace, taser, hand gun and pepper spray, the court heard how the trio smashed the front window of a property in Princes Street, Peterborough on the morning of May 1.

They discharged a taser through the window and sprayed pepper which effected the occupants including four children aged between three and 12.

They made threats to kill the occupants but left when they heard that the police had been called.

Erikas Idzelis

Erikas Idzelis - Credit: Archant

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As they left the property they made further verbal threats towards three members of the public walking along Lincoln Road and discharged the taser towards them.

They were all arrested later that day and charged with attempted aggravated burglary, affray and weapons offences.

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Mackevicious and Idzelis were sentenced to nine years imprisonment and Levan received 10 years.

Detective Constable Adam Blake, from the Constabulary’s Burglary Team, said: “The sentences these men have received reflect the seriousness of their actions. They are dangerous individuals who attended a family home, frightening all of the occupants, in particular the young children present.

“Violence and burglary won’t be tolerated in the county and is taken extremely seriously by the police and the courts. We hope the victims can now move on with their lives.”

The men will be deported back to Lithuania upon their release.

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