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Two Dudley men jailed for bungled knifepoint robbery
12:50pm Tuesday 26th March 2013 in Local
TWO Dudley men who threatened a man at knifepoint after going into his Cradley flat by mistake have each been put behind bars for seven years.
Clayton Hyde and Paul Northall, who had a rottweiler dog with them, maintained they had been looking for a man who owed them money.
But when it became clear the man they were seeking was not inside the Colley Gate property an argument broke out between them and the homeowner.
The row escalated, Wolverhampton Crown Court was told, and the man was dragged down some stairs before he was pinned to the floor and knives were held to his throat.
After he managed to struggle free the homeowner told Hyde and Northall to take what they wanted and they were then driven to a cash machine by his partner but there was no money in the account.
Hyde, aged 35, of Smith Street and 32 year-old Northall of Osprey Drive, both admitted attempted robbery and were told by Judge Michael Dudley: "This was a serious intrusion into your victim's home."
The court was told the homeowner suffered a swollen lip and cuts to his hand and thigh as a result of his treatment by the defendants.
Barristers defending Hyde and Northall stressed that the argument got out of hand inside the flat and they were full of remorse for what followed.
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