A Hull mum who had a machete put to her neck in a terrifying robbery by thugs trying to find gold says the nightmare will stay with her forever.
One moment the victim was sitting watching TV at home and then the next two angry masked men burst in with a baseball bat, a machete and a knife demanding “where is the gold?”
The robbery took place just after 10pm on September 28 last year when a loud bang at the back gate shook the mum, her three sons and her neighbours.
“One only has to think for a moment what it must be like sitting at home watching TV one minute and then the next to hear two angry threatening men disguised with weapons breaking through the patio doors,” said Judge Mark Bury at Hull Crown Court.
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“It’s hardly an experience they are going to forget in no time at all.”
The two robbers had come for her eldest son who had recently advertised over £3500 worth of jewellery on Facebook.
“Where is he? Where is the gold,” they shouted as his mum pleaded with them to leave him alone.
The victim, a man in his 20’s, scared for his life, ran to his room and barricaded the door with his bed.
His mum ran upstairs telling her two other boys to stay in their rooms as one of the masked robbers followed her into the bathroom holding the machete neck shouting “where is he?”
Meanwhile, her son kept himself barricaded in his room as the second robber tried to kick his door down.
Both men eventually managed to break the door off its hinges and hit the victim over the head with the baseball bat and struck him in the shins, leaving him “crouching down offering no resistance”.
They got what they came for, prising the two “gangster-like” rings from his fingers, one a bulldog’s head with pink eyes and the other in the shape of a pyramid.
The two robbers also took his thick gold necklace and £920 from his safe before fleeing the property in Roborough Close, driving off in a black vehicle parked outside the North Point Shopping Centre.
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“I was scared for my life,” said the victim. “I was so shocked not knowing why what was happening.
“I still feel the fear I felt then. I have anxiety whenever the gate bangs outside.”
Judge Bury added: “He only feels safe when he knows that you are in prison. He worries what would have happened if his own little boy had been at home.”
After the robbery, the victim noticed one of the men had dropped his phone and handed it to police officers when they came to his door.
The phone rang whilst officers were still at the scene displaying the name David on its screen. There were also three missed calls and a Facebook messenger notification from the same name.
Officers took off the cover and inside found a fishing licence belonging to a Christopher Broom, 44, of Lissett Grove in North Hull, who was arrested later that day.
The man making the call was David Lyon, a 35-year-old dad-of-three who lived in Quillcourt, north Hull. He was arrested on November 5.
Both men appeared at Hull Crown Court on Friday (April 12) where they heard how the mum-of-three had been ‘horrendously impacted’ by the robbery, so much so it had “changed my whole outlook on life”.
“She too listens out for every noise and she was worried that the attack on her son would have resulted in serious injury, if not death,” said Judge Bury.
“Of course, she has difficulty forgetting the moment a machete was put to her neck. She sleeps downstairs now to protect her younger boys.
“Physically, there is no ongoing affect, but psychologically it has affected her. The nightmare she says will stay with her forever.”
Judge Bury sentenced Lyon to 12 years in prison for robbery. Christopher Broom, a dad-of-five, was given an 11-year sentence for the same offence.