November 7, 2014
A thug who threatened two pensioners with a machete during a terrifying robbery in their own home has been jailed for ten years.
Scientist Smile broke into the couple’s property in Merry Hill in the West Midlands, with two accomplices earlier this year on July 6.
After gaining access to the house via a bathroom window, the three men disturbed a 60-year-old woman who had got out of bed to go to the toilet around 12.15am.
Wolverhampton Crown Court heard that the raiders then dragged the petrified homeowner around the house in her dressing gown back to her bedroom.
They then woke the woman’s sleeping husband, also aged 60, by punching him in the face and demanding gold and the location of the safe.
The couple were also threatened with a machete before the thugs fled with just £100, bank cards and a mobile phone.
West Midlands Police launched an investigation and arrested Smile, aged 20, at his home in Handsworth, Birmingham, on July 14 after tracking a stolen mobile phone, which linked him to the crime.
He admitted one count of robbery at a previous hearing and was jailed for ten-and-a-half years at Wolverhampton Crown Court.