Violent intruder is caged

Liam Finney

Liam Finney

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A BURGLAR who forced his way into a couple’s home and hit a man over the head with a blunt instrument has been caged for eight years.

Liam Finney pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary before Liverpool Crown Court as police condemned his violent terrorising of the victims.

The 25-year-old of no fixed address was issued with bail conditions preventing him from contacting the victims, with whom he had been staying until his arrest for a separate matter.

It was on Monday May 21 this year that the female victim was outside her home when Finney appeared and demanded that he speak to her partner.

He forced his way into the house past the woman and went upstairs. The victim was asleep but Finney woke the man up and demanded cash from him.

He then hit him on the head with an ornament.

The blow gave the victim a cut to the eye.

As he was gathering electrical items to steal, police - who had been summoned by a concerned neighbour - and Finney was arrested.

Det Sgt Nigel Rigby said: “This sentence shows just how seriously the courts take offences of this nature.

“This man had been a nuisance on this couple and he ignored his bail conditions to stay away from them, opting instead to violently terrorise them in their own home.

“I hope this result gives the victims some closure.”