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Men jailed for total of 18 years for aggravated burglary in Bagillt

TWO men, one brandishing a knife and wearing a balaclava, who burst into a house in Bagillt have been jailed for a total of 18 years.

Daniel Alan Williams, 25, denied a charge of aggravated burglary following the incident at the house in February.

But he was convicted along with co-defendant Daniel Beck, 23, who claimed he had been invited into the house.

Beck said the knifeman, who he did not know, just happened to enter the house shortly after he did.

At Mold Crown Court, Beck, who received eight years, claimed that later text messages apologising, offering compensation and asking one of the women not to go to the police were simply because he felt guilty he had not helped them.

Both were also convicted of assaulting Zoe Dawn Richards at her home in Riverbank, Bagillt, on February 5, but were cleared of wounding her sister Lindsay Richards.

Judge Niclas Parry told Williams, of no fixed abode, and Beck, of Trelawnwy Avenue, Flint, they had both been convicted of a very serious matter.

Both had appalling previous convictions, especially Williams – who had been jailed for GBH with intent.

The judge said he was satisfied both men had gone to the house to teach Zoe Richards’ boyfriend Clark Dixon a lesson.

Beck was not as seriously involved, he did not use the weapon, but his presence facilitated the actions of Williams.

The jury heard how there had been a small house party at Zoe Richards’ home, there was said to be an atmosphere against her boyfriend Clark Dixon, and people were asked to leave. After some protests they left quickly and Mr Dixon and the two women were sitting in the living room.

Suddenly the back door flew open and Beck, who they knew, entered along with a man wearing a dark dressing grown, a Balaclava mask and brandishing a knife.

Prosecutor Simon Mills said the two men attacked all three of them, Lindsay Richards went to protect her sister but it was alleged was punched by Beck. During the scuffle Lindsay Richards suffered a ‘nasty four-inch cut’ to the head and another to the forearm from the knife. Zoë Richards was also assaulted before both men ran off.

The jury was told both women knew Beck and that Zoe Richards recognised Williams’ distinctive eyes through the balaclava.

Jonathan Duffy, for Williams, said it was his case the defendant was not there that night, that it was a case of mistaken identity.

Brian Treadwell, for Beck, said his client had been invited to the house and went in through the unlocked back door. It was his case that an unknown knifeman had entered the house after him but that Beck was nothing at all to do with it.