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23 June 2016, 12:31
Two men have been jailed for a total of seven years over a robbery where a man was tied up and beaten at his flat in Kent.
Jordan O'Gorman and Ryan Gale, who lived in the same building as their victim, targeted him as he slept at the address in Church Street, Maidstone in November last year.
O'Gorman, aged 22, kicked a door open to his flat. Gale, 23, kept guard as O'Gorman then repeatedly assaulted the victim, whilst at the same time binding his arms and legs with a cable from a lamp.
He was dragged by the cable towards a bathroom and then kicked in the face by O'Gorman before he feigned unconscious.
The men fled, leaving the victim with facial injuries including cuts, bruising and a suspected broken nose. They stole items including a television, mobile phones, watch and toiletries.
Gale was arrested hours after the incident and when searched was found in possession of the victim's wallet. O'Gorman was subsequently also arrested on 10 December, 2015. Forensic tests in the flat revealed O'Gorman's fingerprints on the lamp. Footprints on the door also matched those of trainers he had been wearing.
Both men appeared at Maidstone Crown Court where O'Gorman admitted counts of robbery and attempting to pervert the course of justice.
He was sentenced to a total of six years in prison. Gale pleaded guilty to a count of burglary and was jailed for 15 months.
Detective Constable Lisa Stevens said: "This was a premeditated robbery against someone who was known to O'Gorman and Gale. The victim was subjected to a prolonged and brutal ordeal, during which he was repeatedly beaten and this continued even when he was tied up and unable to defend himself.
"We were able to gather extensive evidence placing both men at the crime scene and ensure a compelling case which in turn has secured these convictions. The courts have now delivered significant sentences which I hope will provide some comfort to the victim."