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9 March 2010, 18:26
Three men have been sentenced to a total of 30 years for shooting at a man on the doorstep of his Oxford home.
Dominic Wooloff, 19, of Pauling Road, Headington, Aaron Peters, 19, of Cardigan Street, and Daniel Annis, 23, of Chillingworth Crescent, Headington, have each been given ten year jail terms.
Ronald Glover was shot at on his doorstep in Barton in April 2009.
Detective Inspector Kevin McGuire, who was in charge of the investigation, said: "The three men who were armed with a loaded shotgun went to Mr Glover’s address. When he answered the door he was confronted by a man wearing a balaclava.
"A second man, now known to be Dominic Wooloff, produced and fired a shotgun. Fortunately the discharged shot grazed Mr Glover and embedded itself into the wall behind him.
"From the outset this was a very challenging investigation. There were no other witnesses and no scientific evidence and I pay credit to the tenacity shown by the investigation team from the Thames Valley Police major crime unit.
"It is as a result of their efforts, working in consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service, that we have reached the position today where the defendants were left with little option but to offer guilty pleas. I would also like to thank the Barton and Wood Farm neighbourhood policing teams for the valuable input they had during the enquiry.
"This was an extremely frightening incident for Mr Glover, his wife and other occupants of the house. It has had a prolonged and lasting effect on the Glovers.
"I welcome the sentences handed down and hope that this will serve to discourage those who seek to use firearms during the commission of crime."