TWO brothers, one of them from Bulwell, have been jailed for a total of 14 years after terrorising a mother and her eight-year-old daughter during a robbery at their home.
Nottingham Crown Court heard that Anthony and Jason Catton were members of a masked gang which raided the house in the city’s Bakersfield area.
Anthony Catton (38), of Langdale Road, Bakersfield was given nine-and-a-half years for robbery and for aggravated burglary in Sneinton.
Jason (40), of Cinderhill Road, Bulwell was jailed for four-and-a-half years for robbery. Both brothers pleaded guilty.
Jonathan Janes (prosecuting) said the daughter was knocked over when the men barged past her as she answered the door. Her mother, Laura Gancarczyk, who had been asleep on the sofa, woke to find Jason Catton standing over her.
She tried to pull off his mask but Jason said she had to think of her daughter or she would be hurt. Ms Gancarczyk grabbed her daughter and kept hold of her while a third offender searched the house. The trio made off with a 42-inch television and a Nintendo Wii.
In mitigation, the court heard that Anthony Catton expressed remorse at the time of the raid and had since written a letter of apology to the mother and daughter.
Jason Catton’s counsel, Martin Elwick, said: “He went into the house with his brother but he did not know what was going to happen.
“He then fatefully allowed himself to take part in what happened there and he now has a heavy price to pay for that.”
Passing sentence on the brothers, Judge John Milmo QC said the mother and her daughter had suffered psychologically.
Speaking after the case, Det Con Parm Dhillon, of Nottinghamshire police, said: “This was a despicable offence where a woman and her child were terrorised in their own home in the middle of the night.
“The victim was left very badly shaken and I hope that she will now be able to move on from this awful ordeal.
“The seriousness of the offence was clearly recognised by the court when they sentenced the brothers.
“Incidents like this are very rare, but when they do happen, Nottinghamshire Police will ensure everything is done to hold those responsible to account.”
A third man alleged to have been involved in the robbery was acquitted after a trial.