A man who attempted to rob an address in Lewisham whilst threatening residents with a glass bottle has been jailed.
Joshua Alexander, 27 (24.02.91) of Springrice Road, Hither Green, was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment for conspiracy to rob at Woolwich Crown Court on Tuesday, 6 November.
He was previously found guilty of the offence at the same court on Friday, 2 November following a week-long trial.
The court heard how on at approximately 23:00hrs on Friday, 20 May, Alexander and two unidentified male accomplices attempted to rob an address on Marchant Street, New Cross.
Dressed in dark clothing and balaclavas, the trio scaled the block of flats by climbing up a drainpipe and onto the balcony of the flat on the first floor.
They entered the property through an open door and disturbed a resident who was in the kitchen.
Alexander threatened the resident by holding up a vodka bottle with a cloth draped over it in an attempt to make it appear he was armed with a firearm.
This was followed by demands of: "Don't move or I'll shoot, give me the money".
At this point, the victim realised that the weapon was not a firearm and Alexander hit the victim over the head with the bottle causing a large cut to his head.
Whilst the victim was injured on the floor, the intruders ran up the stairs in an attempt to enter a bedroom where a woman and two children were hiding.
In fear for their safety, the victim armed himself with a kitchen knife and ran after the men.
A struggle ensued and Alexander was injured with the knife as a result.
Neighbours who heard the commotion alerted police to the incident and the intruders left empty handed prior to their arrival.
However Alexander subsequently called police to say that he had been stabbed and injured.
He was arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary at a south London hospital.
When interviewed by officers he denied the allegation of aggravated burglary and maintained that he was not with anyone else when he sustained his injury.
However, due to witness accounts and evidence found at the scene Alexander was charged with aggravated burglary on Sunday, 22 May.
Officers continue their efforts to identify the two other men involved.
DC Aaron Saunders from the Met's Trident and Area Crime Command said: "This was a brazen and violent ordeal which left the victims terrified in their own home.
"Thankfully they were not seriously injured and the suspects fled empty handed.
"I am pleased this dangerous man is no longer a threat to the public and I hope the sentencing acts as a deterrent to those involved in this type of criminality."
Anyone with information that could assist the investigation or led to the identification of the two other suspects is asked to call police on 101 quoting CAD 7800/20May or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.