Pregnant woman punched in stomach by masked men in terrifying Lowestoft burglary

John Charlton (left) and Tony Rand (right) have each been jailed for six years and nine months. Pict

John Charlton (left) and Tony Rand (right) have each been jailed for six years and nine months. Pictures: Suffolk Police. - Credit: Archant

Two men have each been jailed for six years and nine months after they were involved in a terrifying burglary in which a heavily pregnant woman was punched in the stomach at her Lowestoft home.

The victim, who was 32 weeks pregnant, was punched in the stomach when she answered the door to her flat in Normanhurst Close, Lowestoft, to three masked men, Ipswich Crown Court heard on Wednesday.

Mark Roochove, prosecuting, said the men barged their way into the flat and threatened friends of the victim that were also at the home.

He said the burglars were asking 'Where is the stuff?' and carried out a search of the flat.

Mr Roochove said that the victim had no idea why they had targeted the flat and someone even asked if they had the right house.

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When the masked men fled, they took items including computers and a games console,

Police were called and John Charlton, 36, and Tony Rand, 31, were found hiding nearby. Mr Roochove said that the third man involved was never caught.

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Charlton, of Normanston Drive, Lowestoft, and Rand, of London Road, Lowestoft, admitted aggravated burglary on January 27 this year.

Jailing them Judge Christopher Morgan said: 'This was a serious offence.'

Andrew Thompson, for Rand, said he deserved credit for his guilty plea.

He said that he accepted his involvement and said there was a background to the offence. 'It was an unpleasant sequence of events,' he added.

Matthew McNiff, for Charlton, said that he did not use any direct violence and did not have any weapon.

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