Local Man And Woman Jailed for Violent Burglary

Wandsworth CID described it as an "horrendous crime"

A man and women have been jailed for a violent burglary during which two elderly brothers were assaulted.

The court heard how in the early hours of the morning on the 11th May 2014 two elderly brothers were asleep in their Clapham home.

At around 04:30hrs one of the men, aged 78, was woken up by the sound of someone forcing open the front door. He was confronted by Rohan Daley who had entered his bedroom and was demanding money.

Nicola Barwell also entered the room and began a search. Daley punched the elderly victim, causing a bruise to his face. The pair completed their search and then left the room. The elderly man then called the police.

The second victim, aged 67, who was sleeping in a downstairs bedroom, heard the commotion and went to the bottom of the stairs. Daley picked a stepladder and threw it at him, striking him in the chest and knocking him backwards.

Daley grappled with the man and tried to grab his walking stick. He was joined by Barwell and they again demanded money and searched the room. Daley used a screwdriver to rip open the pensioner's mattress.

Both then returned to the first bedroom where Daley threw a torch at the 78-year-old man, causing a two inch gash above his eye. After this they left the property but were chased and arrested by police officers who had arrived at the scene.

Daley was seen to discard property that he had stolen from the house and when he was searched, a lock-knife was found in his trouser pocket. Barwell was arrested whilst trying to climb over a fence.

Rohan Daley, 40, of Battersea was sentenced to a total of four years in prison for burglary and one count of possession of a knife.

Daley also received an additional twelve month sentence after admitting an unrelated burglary.

Nicola Barwell, 38, also from Wandsworth, was sentenced to 32 months in prison after admitting one count of burglary.

Both were sentenced on 1st October at Kingston Crown Court after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing.

Detective Constable Tony Davis of Wandsworth CID said, "This was a horrendous crime where two vulnerable and elderly men were attacked in their home. Daley is a dangerous individual who would do anything for his own gain; while Barwell has shown a shocking lack of compassion. Thankfully, despite their horrendous ordeal, one of the victims courageously called police and the fast response by officers helped bring this pair to justice."

October 15, 2014