The victim suffered an "horrendous ordeal"
Four men have been jailed following violent robbery.
The incident occurred on 16 October 2014 at a residential address on Woodley Close in Tooting.
All four men were found guilty of robbery on Friday (17 April) following a two-week trial at Kingston Crown Court.
Gary Mowatt, 39 of Laura Place, E5 was sentenced to six year imprisonment. Sylvanus Scott, 39 of Balham Grove, SW12 was sentenced to six years and six months. Kevin Rodgers, 41, of White Hart Lane, N17 was sentenced to seven years and six months and Peter Nunes, 38, of Honeybrook Road, SW12 was sentenced to five years and six months.
Mowatt was also sentenced to an additional six months imprisonment for dangerous driving.
The court heard how the 46-year-old victim was asleep in his bed at around 11:40hrs on 16 October 2014 when the four men, who all wore balaclavas, forced entry into the property making verbal demands for money.
The four men then ransacked the flat in a search for cash. This lasted for approximately 10 minutes until the victim seized an opportunity to escape. He jumped out of his bedroom window and immediately called for help.
Seconds later the suspects also fled the property, jumping into a black BMW and driving off at speed.
Unbeknownst to the suspects, police officers were on duty in an unmarked police car in the area. The BMW, which was being driven by Mowatt, was stopped within a matter of seconds, and all four suspects were detained and arrested at the scene.
The firearm - a Tokarev pistol - was also seized from within the vehicle.
All four men were subsequently charged on 17 October 2014 and remanded into custody.
Detective Constable Ed Currie, said: "We commend the victim who, despite his horrendous ordeal, has found the courage to come forward and provide crucial evidence at court and stand up to their despicable actions. Fortunately, officers were close by to swoop in on the suspects and remove a live firearm from the streets. All of the evidence suggests that the motivation for this crime was purely for financial gain. They will now face a different consequence behind bars."
April 19, 2015