Trio caged for ‘horrific’ attack on Sutton couple

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THREE thugs have been jailed for their part in an attack on a couple in their home in Sutton.

Ben Sage, Kerry Batten and Jamie-Lea Richert forced their way into the Penn Street flat on 14th February and struck the 27-year-old man and 42-year-old woman with a metal pole.

The man was also stabbed twice before fleeing the scene through an open window and running to a nearby property to raise the alarm.

While he made his escape Sage, Batten and Richert snatched cash, jewellery and the keys to a Renault Megane – driving off in the vehicle which was found abandoned nearby.

The trio, all from Burns Street, Mansfield, appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on 29th June 2012 where they were jailed for the attack.

Sage (24) admitted grievous bodily harm and aggravated burglary and was sentenced to six years in prison.

Batten (43) admitted aggravated burglary and was jailed for 33 months.

Richert (21) was sentenced for 30 months after admitting aggravated burglary and actual bodily harm.

Det Con Jamie Moore, from Sutton-CID, said: “This was a horrific attack on two people in their own home.

“The couple were both badly beaten with the man sustaining two stab wounds to his lower back and abdomen.

“A swift and robust response from officers meant the offenders were apprehended nearby and have now been jailed for their part in the incident.”