Two robbers, who were part of a gang who tied up an ex-boxer in his Shelley home and stole cash and memorabilia valued at over £100,000, have been jailed for a total of 28 years.
Arthur Dale Cooper and Mark Andrew Harold were both convicted by a jury at Leeds Crown Court last year of robbing businessman Karl Goodyear on the evening of September 22, 2014.
The victim Mr Goodyear described in evidence how he feared he was going to be killed when the raiders burst into his house in Penistone Road as he was making a meal.
One man was carrying an iron bar and another a fishing type gutting knife and they ordered him on to the floor demanding to know where his money was and threatening to cut his ear off if he didn’t tell them.
He was punched in the head three or four times by one raider holding something sharp. A knuckleduster was later recovered at the scene with Cooper’s DNA on it. Mr Goodyear was also hit with the bar.
His wrists were secured with cable ties and the men kept demanding to know where his money was. “I was frightened for my life,” Mr Goodyear told the court.
He was aware there were other robbers in the house and that some of them were in the games room where he kept his boxing memorabilia including photographs.
Eventually he showed them a tin in his bedroom containing £15,000 in cash but the gang were not satisfied with that. The ringleader then took Mr Goodyear’s own Samurai sword hanging on a wall and threatened to cut him “from ear to ear” demanding to know where his safe was.
The jury heard they were told the safe had seized up and did not work and for a time some of the robbers tried to open it but eventually they gave up making off with the cash, a computer, a television set and boxing memorabilia worth thousands of pounds having further tied up their victim with electric cable.
He was trying to free himself when a passer-by who saw his dogs running loose outside the house came to check if everything was all right and found the bleeding Mr Goodyear.
Appearing for sentence on Friday, Cooper, 33, of Manor Farm Drive, Middleton, Leeds, was jailed for 15 years and Harold, 37, of Garden House Lane, Tingley, was jailed for 13 years.
Mrs Justice Whipple told them Mr Goodyear was subjected to a terrifying and prolonged assault in what was a “chilling offence.”
She added: “He was tied up and hit on the head with the metal bar and threatened with a Samurai sword.” His precious collection of memorabilia was taken.
“Mr Goodyear is a boxer, a fit man and strong man. He did not resist the attack, he was beaten badly and he is still undergoing treatment. Even the strongest of men would be deeply affected by such an experience.”
“This was appalling violence used without any warning in the victim’s own home.”
She said it was an aggravating feature that Harold was known to the victim and his family and had been trusted while she considered Cooper the ringleader.
“I view you as a hardened criminal with a willingness to use violence. You have no ambition to change your ways.”