Daniel Tovey, Glynn Davis and William Hutchinson jailed after pleading guilty to burglary in Ipswich
Three men from Ipswich have admitted threatening to pour boiling water over a man after breaking into his house.
Daniel Tovey, 36, of Marigold Avenue, Glynn Davis, 37, of Springhurst Close, and William Hutchinson, 48, of Norwich Road, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court on Monday, where they all pleaded guilty to burglary.
It comes after the gang broke into a house in Neath Drive, Ipswich, at 5.45am on June 13 last year and woke its occupant, a man in his 60s.
The three men then threatened the man with a knife and boiling water, forcing him to reveal the PIN number for his bank card.
They made off with a large sum of cash, jewellery and the bank card, which was used to withdraw more money from a nearby cash point.
The victim was left distressed and shocked by the incident but was not physically harmed.
Tovey, David and Hutchinson were arrested by police on the same day and taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning.
Forensic tests revealed shoe prints, fingerprints and DNA, placing all three men in the house at the time of the burglary.
Davis and Hutchinson were sentenced to six years in jail, and Tovey was handed five years and five months.
DC Leia Dowsing from the Serious Crime Disruption Team said: "This was an extremely alarming and frightening experience for the victim who lives alone, is vulnerable and has disabilities.
"The victim was subjected in his own home to aggressive verbal behaviour and threats of physical violence. One of the offenders remained downstairs with the victim, while the other two offenders were upstairs ransacking rooms.
"Emotional distress was also caused when the offenders stole several items of jewellery including two gold rings that had belonged to the victim’s late mother and wife. These were pulled from the victim’s fingers as he wore them and were of course of great sentimental value to him. Thankfully some items were later recovered to include these rings.
"Through the courage of the victim, together with witnesses supporting the prosecution of this case, it assisted in securing the guilty pleas that were entered for this very unpleasant and serious incident”.
The Serious Crime Disruption Team core aim is to disrupt serious and organised gangs whose criminal activity focuses on issues such as drug supply and harmful personal acquisitive crime such as robbery/burglary. Its purpose is to tackle the high threat and harm issues including the supply of controlled drugs.