TWO masked men who terrified a family in their own home during an early morning burglary have been locked up for eight years.
A judge told heroin addicts Colin Maher and Michael Rhodes that it was “the stuff of nightmares”.
On Tuesday Mold Crown Court heard how a young woman was woken up to find two men in her bedroom and one of them threatened her with a knife which was held to her throat.
She was then punched in the face when she did not hand over money.
Her mother disturbed by the noise went to investigate and a knife was held to her throat.
When her husband intervened an attempt was made to stab him with a screwdriver which was bravely grabbed by her daughter.
Another young woman aged 17 who was staying the night was also threatened when she was woken up to find a man holding a knife to her face.
The burglar punched out at her but she managed to dodge the blows, explained prosecutor David Mainstone.
Maher (31) of Princess Street in Rhyl, and Rhodes (33) of Ellis Avenue, Rhyl, admitted aggravated burglary at the house in Denbigh Circle, Kinmel Bay, in the early hours of May 14 – together with other burglaries - and each was jailed for eight years.
Maher also received an addition 18 months for possessing heroin with intent to supply- making nine and a half years in all.
Judge Rhys Rowlands said: “To wake up in a situation such as this, to find someone armed with a knife in the bedroom, not one person but two, must be the stuff of nightmares. It understandably had a profound effect the victims.”
He added: “This was truly a terrifying ordeal at the hands of the two of you.”
Investigating officer DC Mike Williams at St Asaph CID welcomed the sentence adding that although crimes of this nature are not common in the area it was still important to send out a strong and clear message that the North Wales Police and Courts will not tolerate offences of this nature.
DC Williams concluded by adding “North Wales Police takes matters of this nature very seriously and so it is reassuring to see this reflected in the sentence passed out.”