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By Connie Osborne Wednesday 27 November 2013 Updated: 29/11 10:30
A MAN has been jailed for eight years after robbing a Redditch home and threatening a mother with an axe in front of her children.
Imran Aslam from Buffery Road in Dudley, pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery and was jailed at Worcester Crown Court on Monday (November 25).
The 30-year-old was one of four men armed with a pickaxe who targeted the house off Wirehill Drive on July 18, in 2011, where a couple in their 30s and two young children lived.
When the woman answered the door three men burst into the house where they kicked her, dragged her upstairs and punched her before attacking her partner.
The gang, some of who were wearing masks, raided the house stealing watches, phones, cash and a Volkswagen Golf. The car was later found dumped in Netherton in the early hours of the next day.
The ordeal happened while the children were having a bath and were ordered to stay in the bathroom.
The gang then threatened to use the axe to chop off the mother's hands in front of the children if she resisted.
Another man who was charged in connection with the robbery was found not guilty following a trial.
Det Con Lindsey Coleman of West Mercia Police said it was a terrifying ordeal for the family.
"The gang were extremely aggressive, showing no regard for the fact there were young children in the house and it has had a long-term impact upon them all.
"It has been a long and complex inquiry and while we still don’t know the full background to this incident, because Aslam has not spoken to us about that, we hope it gives the family some peace of mind that he has received a lengthy jail sentence."
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