FIGHT OF HIS LIFE Dad killed burglar in front of his wife and two children after armed gang raided family home

Daniel Wood killed Paul Robertson during a tussle with the gang member’s axe after he managed to break free from being tied up

09 October 2018 - 08:32

A DAD fought back and killed an axe-wielding burglar in front of his wife and two children after an armed gang broke into his flat.

Daniel Wood was tied up with cable ties but managed to break free when he then wrestled Paul Robertson to get the axe off him.

The rest of the gang fled when they thought the police had arrived leaving Robertson to die with cuts to his wrist and head in the family's flat.

The remaining gang members — Christopher Salvador, 31, Joseph Pearl, 28, Harrison Fryer, 24, and Jerome Johnson, 36 — were jailed on Friday for 58 years.

Detective Chief Inspector Martin Pasmore, from Essex Police, said: "These men put an innocent family though a living hell and subjected them to violent threats in their own home - a place many of us consider as a place of safety.

"A woman and two children were forced to watch as a loved one had their hands bound by the men and what appeared to be a firearm put to his head.

 Police forensic officers at the at the flat where armed raider Paul Robertson died
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Police forensic officers at the at the flat where armed raider Paul Robertson died
 The gang fled, leaving  Robertson to die in the flat above a launderette in South Ockendon, Essex, with cuts to his wrists and head
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The gang fled, leaving  Robertson to die in the flat above a launderette in South Ockendon, Essex, with cuts to his wrists and head

"Fearing for his own safety and the safety of his family, he managed to challenge Robertson, who died of his injuries sustained during a struggle.

"Two of the victims have been forced to relive the ordeal in court and bravery gave evidence."

The gang broke into the flat above a launderette with axes and imitation firearms in South Ockendon, Essex in December 2017 shouting "armed police".

They ripped Wood's diamond engagement ring from his finger and grabbed £900 from a wardrobe in the raid as he had his hands bound behind his back.

 Forensic officer gathers evidence from the scene of the botched raid in which Robertson died
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Forensic officer gathers evidence from the scene of the botched raid in which Robertson died

During the trial Prosecutor Cyrus Shroff said: “He managed to jump up from the floor, knocking the gun out of Mr Robertson’s hand, then started wrestling with him to get the axe off him.

“One then shouted ‘police’.  It may have been because  there were blue Christmas lights flashing in one of the windows and it may have confused them.”

Basildon crown court heard three men — Pearl, Johnson and Fryer — had admitted their part in the raid.

The trio were arrested in January.

Pearl and Fryer were jailed for 12 years for aggravated burglary and three years for possessing an imitation firearm.

 Christopher Salvador was jailed for 14 years
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Christopher Salvador was jailed for 14 years
 Harrison Fryer was jailed for 12 years for aggravated burglary and three years for possessing an imitation firearm
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Harrison Fryer was jailed for 12 years for aggravated burglary and three years for possessing an imitation firearm
 Joseph Pearl was jailed for 12 years for aggravated burglary and three years for possessing an imitation firearm
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Joseph Pearl was jailed for 12 years for aggravated burglary and three years for possessing an imitation firearm
 Jerome Johnson was jailed for 11 years for aggravated burglary and three years for possessing an imitation firearm
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Jerome Johnson was jailed for 11 years for aggravated burglary and three years for possessing an imitation firearm

Their sentences will run consecutively.

Johnson was jailed for 11 years for aggravated burglary and three years for possessing an imitation firearm, which will also run consecutively.

Salvador was arrested in March after it emerged he helped orchestrate the raid.

Mr Shroff said he did not enter the flat.

He was jailed for 14 years after previously being convicted of aggravated burglary in September.

DCI Pasmore said: "I hope these prison sentences offer some comfort to them and will help them move on with their lives."

 

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