July 29 2014 Latest news:
by Stephen Moore
Monday, March 31, 2014
A burglar almost hacked off his victim’s leg with a meat cleaver while high on alcohol and cocaine during a late-night break-in, a court heard.
Keynan Hersi-Annan, 30, burst into Daniel Pozzebon’s flat in Perth Road, Wood Green, while he was entertaining friends.
He then hacked at Mr Pozzebon’s leg before fleeing with the group’s cash, mobile phones, Oyster cards and driving licences.
The bone below the victim’s knee was left exposed and “partially severed” in the attack on August 11 last year, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard.
When arrested, Hersi-Annan, of Woodstock Road, Finsbury Park, claimed he could not remember anything of the attack.
Judge Stephen Wilkinson, sentencing, said: “This was an exceptionally grave example of an aggravated burglary. I unhesitatingly put this in the top bracket of these kinds of offences.
“No less than seven or eight persons were in the upstairs flat when you forced your way in when you knew the flat to be occupied.
“Significant physical injury was caused by you to Mr Pozzebon - the bone below his knee was exposed and partially severed.”
He continued: “You were in possession of a large meat cleaver and there must have been some element of planning as this was your second visit on that same evening.
“You chose on the second occasion to return armed with a weapon and the position is made worse by the fact that you were under the influence of alcohol and cocaine.”
The court heard that Hersi-Annan, who has a history of violent offences, was “a devoted carer” to his sick mother, but slipped back into drug and alcohol abuse after she died in 2011. His conduct was exacerbated by a girlfriend’s miscarriage.
He admitted single counts of aggravated burglary, unlawful wounding, actual bodily harm and battery and was jailed for eight years.