Home robbers caged

Jason Kelly and (below) McLaughlin
Jason Kelly and (below) McLaughlin

TWO men have been jailed for robbery after threatening a man in his own home in front of his family.

Jason Kelly and Dale McLaughlin of no fixed address pleaded guilty to robbery with Kelly also pleading guilty to three counts of police assault.

Jailed - Dale McLaughlin

Jailed - Dale McLaughlin

The pair, aged 27 and 25 respectively, were sentenced to six years and five years at Liverpool Crown Court this week.

It was on July 5 this year that Kelly and McLaughlin walked into the home of the 22-year-old victim on Wigan Lower Road, Standish Lower Ground while he was sitting with his partner in the living room.

They demanded money and when the victim stood up, he was punched in the face, causing him to fall to the floor.

The living room was searched before the victim was punched again.

Hearing the noise, the victim’s son walked downstairs but was taken back upstairs by the victim’s partner.

Kelly, of Butler Street, Scholes, and McLaughlin, of no fixed address, left, taking with them money and two mobile phones. Later that day, both men were spotted at a pub on Wellfield Road, Beech Hill and when approached by police, Kelly stood up and began to walk away.

As an officer tried to arrest Kelly, there was a struggle, and both parties fell to floor.

Kelly then spat at an officer and tried to kick out at another before he was tasered.

Det Sgt Nigel Rigby from the Volume Crime Team said: “These men threatened and assaulted the victim in front of his partner and son, proving the type of people they are.

“Kelly showed extreme aggression when officers attempted to arrest him but thankfully, he was taken into custody and has now been brought to justice.”