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Preston man jailed for burglary and false imprisonment

Posted on - 19th October, 2013 - 10:03am | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Preston News, Ribbleton

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A man from Preston has been found guilty of attacking and imprisoning a man in his own home.

31 year old Stephen Whyborn was given a custodial sentence at Preston Crown Court on Friday 18 October after being convicted of aggravated burglary, robbery and false imprisonment.

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A jury found him guilty of the offences following a four-day trial.

Whyborn, of Chatsworth Street in Preston, broke into a property in Ribbleton with another man.

When the owner of the property returned home, he was subjected to a sustained attack, causing injuries to his face and upper body. He was then tied up with cable ties by the men, who were wearing dark clothing and balaclavas and were brandishing weapons.

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A third man later arrived at the property and demands were made for cash.

On sentencing Whyborn was given eight years for aggravated burglary and an additional eight year prison sentence for robbery, which is to run concurrent. He was also given a two year prison sentence for false imprisonment, which again is to run concurrent.

Det Sgt Steve Ryder said: “Two of our officers decided to check on the property by chance after seeing a vehicle owned by Whyborn parked outside. Whyborn ran off when he saw the officers and was arrested a short time later
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“It is thanks to this check by our officers that we were able to arrest Whyborn and bring the incident to an end.

“I am pleased with the sentence that has been given, which recognises the serious nature of the offence. Fortunately, offences of this nature are rare but we will always endeavour to bring any offenders to justice.”

A police investigation continues to trace the other two men involved in the incident.
Anyone with information should call the police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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