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Armed man 'sorry' for raid

THE armed man who broke into a Hockley Heath home and demanded money off the owners has been jailed for 11 years.

THE armed man who broke into a Hockley Heath home and demanded money off the owners has been jailed for 11 years.

Usman Aslam, 21, of Edmund Road in Saltley was sent down at Warwick Crown Court last Thursday.

Aslam had denied aggravated burglary at a house in Hockley Heath while having a handgun, but was found guilty by a jury last month.

Although it was said both charges stood or fell together, he was cleared of a second charge of possessing a real or imitation firearm with intent to commit an offence.

Prosecutor Ian Ball said that in April the couple were in the lounge of their rented home in Stratford Road, Hockley Heath, with their 19-month-old son.

There was a loud bang as three men burst in, coming towards the husband, with the masked front man holding a gun.

Aslam threatened the couple with the weapon while the two others went upstairs looking for money.

As the gunman turned around the husband reached for an empty champagne bottle and swung it at Aslam, who then struck him to the head with the gun.

After a struggle the three fled in their car with their haul, which included two Playstation consoles and games, a laptop computer, jewellery which included a wedding ring, £280 in cash and CDs and DVDs.

Aslam claimed he had gone to the house alone, while the other two waited in the car, to buy £40 of cannabis and had been hit with the bottle by the husband when they argued over how much he had been given for his money.

But at the resumed hearing Jonathan Ray, defending, said Aslam, who had no previous convictions, accepts the finding of the jury, adding: "He also accepts the family must have been in fear, and is sorry for the fear they must have suffered."

 

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