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Woman terrorised by gang in her own home

2012-12-22 23:55:11

Daneel Jarrett

A raider who brought terror to a Birmingham woman when he and two accomplices forced their way into her home and attacked her has been jailed.

Birmingham Crown Court was told how in March this year three raiders battered their way into the home in Handsworth Wood.

During the robbery the woman, who was at home alone, was gripped around the throat.

The raiders ransacked the house, only fleeing with her mobile phone when the woman's husband returned home.

Daneel Jarrett, 22, of George Frederick Road, Sutton Coldfield, who admitted robbery was jailed for six years.

Judge Paul Farrer QC said "On March 6 this year, at about 8.30pm, you were one of three men who targeted a residential property in Handsworth Wood.

"That was the home of Mrs Rufat Bi and her husband.

"Mrs Bi was at home on her own at night when the door to her house was literally forced open and two men entered.

"One went upstairs while the other attacked Mrs Bi.

"She was pushed backwards onto the sofa and then a hand was forcibly applied to her throat for about a minute."

The judge said that the raiders took a phone from the victim and that the violence towards her only stopped when her husband arrived home causing Jarrett and his accomplices to flee.

He said he accepted that the defendant's role had been to act as a look out.

But Judge Farrer added that Jarrett would have known of the general nature of what was to happen and had been prepared to take part.

Earl Pinnock, defending, said what went on in the house went beyond what Jarrett contemplated.

He said Jarrett, who had a previous conviction for robbery, "had the chance to say no but foolishly did not."

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