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Man jailed for aggravated burglary in Brent

News   •   Feb 19, 2021 15:13 GMT

[Jailed: Zeke Allen]

A man has been jailed for a violent burglary at a property in Neasden.

Zeke Allen, 20 (09.06.00), of Caroline Court, Reading, was found guilty of grievous bodily harm with intent and aggravated burglary at Reading Crown Court on Friday, 8 January.

He was sentenced to nine years' imprisonment at the same court on Friday, 19 February.

Officers from the Met's North West Basic Command Unit begun an investigation after being called to reports of an aggravated burglary at a property on Broadfields Way at approximately 17:55hrs on 15 June 2020.

They arrived to find a man in his 40s with stab injuries to his head and shoulder. He was taken to hospital by the London Ambulance Service where his injuries were confirmed as not life-threatening.

He told officers that two men had broken down the door to his property and demanded money. When he told them he didn't have any money, they attacked him several times with a machete.

They pulled a gold necklace belonging to the victim's grandfather from around his neck and stole an amount of money before leaving the property. The victim was then able to call for help.

Detectives began an investigation and forensic officers were deployed to recover evidence from the scene. This was examined and one of the fingerprints matched with records for Allen.

He was arrested on 17 July 2020 and taken into police custody. He refused to provide any comment during interview and was subsequently charged and remanded in custody.

Detective Constable Jenny Whelan, said: "This was a shocking attack on a defenceless man who was lucky not to have been seriously injured.

"I would like to praise his bravery for providing officers with an account of the incident and reliving the terrible ordeal while giving evidence in court.

"I would also like to praise the forensic officers who were able to recover vital evidence that allowed us to identify the person responsible and bring them to court.

"Enquiries are ongoing to locate the second suspect and I would urge anybody with information to contact us as soon as possible to ensure they cannot offend again."

Anyone with information about the outstanding suspect is asked to call police on 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting CAD 6083/15Jun20. To remain anonymous contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.