Burglar jailed after victim burned with hot water during ‘horrific’ break-in
PUBLISHED: 16:04 23 July 2018 | UPDATED: 16:04 23 July 2018
A “dangerous” criminal has been put behind bars for his involvement in a Colchester burglary in which the victim was burned with hot water and tied up.
Jermain Davis, 32, has been jailed for six years and four months for the part he played in a break-in at an address in Fingringhoe Road on December 27 last year.
Following a knock on the door around 9pm two men forced their way into the property and forced the victim, a man in his 20s, to the floor.
They demanded money and poured water from a kettle onto the victim’s leg causing burning and held a hammer against his head.
When the culprits found cash they tied the victim up and left.
During the investigation officers discovered blood which did not belong to the victim on a door frame and on his t-shirt.
A member of the public also reported finding a balaclava in the middle of nearby Speedwell Road.
Tests showed the DNA from the door handle, t-shirt and balaclava matched that of Davis.
Davis, of Whalebone Lane North, Romford, was arrested on May 2, 2018.
He pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary during a hearing at Ipswich Crown Court on June 1.
At the same court today Davis was given a prison sentence of six years, four months.
Investigating officer detective constable Matt Collins, from Colchester Criminal Investigations Department, said work was ongoing to catch Davis’ accomplice.
He said: “This was a planned incident executed with the use of extreme violence. This has left the victim to deal with the lasting physical and mental injuries.
“Nobody should experience what the victim did, let alone in their own home.
“Jermain Davis is a dangerous man and I am pleased he is now behind bars.
“Due to the evidence against him, he had little option but to admit his involvement in this crime. I know hope he spends his time in prison to reflect on his actions, their consequences and the lifestyle he leads.
“I want to praise the courage of the victim and his family during the investigation and I hope this sentence provides them with some solace.
“The investigation will continue to find those who acted with Davis during this horrific crime and I am determined to also bring them to justice.”