Jail for Beccles man who terrified brothers in attempted robbery

Ipswich Crown Court.

Ipswich Crown Court. - Credit: Archant

A Beccles man who was involved in an attempted robbery at a house in the town during which two terrified brothers feared they were going to be killed has been jailed for four years.

Jai Souter. Photo: Norfolk Constabulary

Jai Souter. Photo: Norfolk Constabulary - Credit: Norfolk Constabulary

Scott and David Chalmers were at home in Ellough Road, Beccles watching a film with friends when 24-year-old Jai Souter and two other men burst into the premises after Scott Chalmers answered a knock at the door, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

One of the men was holding an iron bar and Souter and one of his accomplices said: 'Give us your stuff,' said Charles Kellett, prosecuting.

During the incident David, 20, and Scott Chalmers, 21, who are former youth boxers, grappled with the intruders and managed to eject them from the house.

Both brothers suffered minor injuries, including cuts and bruises to their face and arms.

Following the incident the brothers described feeling terrified during the incident and said they thought they were going to be killed.

Souter, of Rigbourne Hill, Beccles, admitted attempted robbery on April 1, this year and was jailed for four years and given a restraining order for five years banning him from contacting the Chalmers brothers.

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Sentencing Souter, Judge David Goodin said the incident must have been frightening for the victims.

Joe Bird, for Souter, said his client's plea was on a basis that he had no weapon. He said Souter said he had been asked by his two accomplices to take them to the address in Ellough Road in relation to an alleged 'dud' package of cannabis.

The court heard that Souter had later described his role that evening as 'backing up my boys'.