Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Thug Left a Family So Terrified That Son Sleeps with a Golf Club

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Thug Left a Family So Terrified That Son Sleeps with a Golf Club

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Byline: Rob Kennedy Court Reporter

A MOTHER and her two children were left terrified in their own home when a raider smashed his way through their front door and threatened to come back with shotguns if they didn't hand over the family car.

The victim and her young son and daughter were in their bed on a Friday night when Billy Smith came to her door.

He said he was looking for the woman's older son but she told him he didn't live there.

A court heard Smith then kicked his way through the locked front door and entered the house, grabbing the woman and dragging her downstairs in front of her terrified children.

As Smith was locked up for six years, Newcastle Crown Court heard he left the woman and children traumatised after the attack in Lemington, Newcastle, on January 23.

Prosecutor Michael Bunch said the family tried to barricade themselves in their bedroom after Smith forced entry but he couldn't be stopped.

Mr Bunch said: "The woman's son went and got his little sister from her room and all three sought refuge in their mother's bedroom.

"She closed the door and tried to hold on to the handle while on the phone to the police at the same time.

"The defendant came to the bedroom door where the family were and pushed his way in, coming within inches of her face, shouting 'Where is he?'."

When told the man was not present, Smith then started demanding her car keys.

Mr Bunch said: "She suggested they were downstairs in the kitchen but he was unable to find them and came back upstairs to the bedroom.

"The victim had tried to barricade the door against him but he was able to get back in.

"He was shouting for the keys and he became more and more aggressive.

"He then threatened 'We will get the guns and come back with shotguns.'.

"In anger the defendant started punching doors in the bedroom and then grabbed the lady by the arms and pulled her out of the room and downstairs. …

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