3 people who committed a violent burglary in Ryde back in 2019, in which a man was seriously assaulted with a knife, have today (Friday) been jailed for a combined total of more than 33 years.

Police were called to a flat at Leavington House on East Hill Road shortly before 20:00 on 27th December 2019, where a man in his 40s had sustained injuries to his face, back and arm, caused by a knife. The incident involved an Armed Police response, as reported by Island Echo at the time.

During the incident, approximately £1,500 in cash was stolen from the address.

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Following an investigation, officers charged 3 people – who were known to the victim – with aggravated burglary and wounding with intent. They are:

  • Timothy Peter Brown, 40, of no fixed abode
  • Graham Smith, 41, of George Street in Ryde
  • Louise Victoria April Spence, 30 years, of Station Road in Brading

The case went to trial at Portsmouth Crown Court on Monday (18th January) after the trio denied any wrongdoing. However, during Day 4 of the trial yesterday (Thursday), all 3 pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary. Smith and Brown also admitted wounding with intent. The charge of wounding with intent in relation to Spence was withdrawn.

Appearing at the same court today (Friday 22nd January), Graham Smith was jailed for 12 years, Timothy Brown was jailed for 12 years and 4 months and Louise Spence was jailed for 9-and-a-half years.

The trio have already spent some time on remand, which will be taken into account.

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Detective Constable Iain Robertson has said:

“This was a nasty attack which left a man with a number of serious injuries.

“Brown, Smith and Spence all initially tried to deny their involvement in the offence, but with the odds stacked against them they threw in the towel and admitted their guilt.

“We are pleased that these three have now been brought to justice, and hope this reassures the community that we simply do not tolerate this kind of violence.”

Leavington House has been featured on Island Echo on more than 1 occasion, with multiple drugs raids over the years. It was also the scene of a murder in 2016 – although both are unrelated to this incident from December 2019.

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