July 29 2014 Latest news:
Peter Walsh, Crime correspondent
Friday, May 2, 2014
Two men armed themselves with weapons and “invaded” a house in an act of “revenge” against a man who had been in a relationship with a former girlfriend, a court has heard.
Jordan Polkey and Kyle Crowsley took a baseball bat and a pole to a property in North Walsham where the victim, a man who had been in a relationship with the former girlfriend of Crowsley, was thought to be present.
The court heard that Crowsley, 24, and Polkey, 19, kicked in the front door and fell through it with the weapons they were carrying.
Chris Youell, prosecuting, said the victim fled and found refuge in a neighbours shed until the coast was clear.
Polkey, of Barkis Road, Great Yarmouth, and Crowsley, of Mill Road, Cobholm, Yarmouth, appeared at Norwich Crown Court to be sentenced having previously admitted affray and possession of an offensive weapon in relation to the incident on November 19 last year.
Polkey also appeared in relation to two separate matters he also admitted - an offence of assault occasioning actual bodily harm during which he used a knife to threaten a man who he punched several times on September 2 2013 and a street robbery in Yarmouth on November 14 last year during which he told the victim he would squeeze his eyes out of his head before taking a phone.
Sentencing them, Judge Nicholas Coleman said Crowsley, “fired up” by the relationship the victim had with a former girlfriend, “targeted the victim for revenge”.
He said: “You took revenge with your co-defendant. You armed yourselves, you Kyle Crowsley with a pole and Jordan Polkey with a bat and you invaded the premises. You acted violently, kicking at the door causing the damage and threats to kill were uttered.”
Judge Coleman accepted that no-one was injured but said this was “probably more by luck than judgement”.
Crowsley was sentenced to a total of two years in prison and Polkey to a total of three years in a Young Offenders Institute (YOI).
Michael Clare, representing, Polkey, said he should be given credit for plea, was a young man, and added alcohol had played a part in the “spate of offending”.
Jonathan Morgans, for Crowsley, said his client accepted what he did was “absolutely inexcusable” but said he was “really motivated” to change.