Thugs who threatened to slice off victim’s eyelids during burglary jailed
Two evil thugs who attacked a vulnerable man and threatened to slice his eyelids off in a horrific robbery have been jailed.
Joshua Wise, 21, and Stuart Keeling, 24, barged their way into the victim's groundfloor flat in Coventry, West Midlands, in a late-night raid.
They pushed him onto the bed and demanded he handed over his phone and bank card before Wise held a knife to his throat.
Keeling also punched the man and threatened to slice his eyelids off.
The victim managed to wriggle free but Wise stabbed him in the back.
His attackers then squeezed a bottle of washing up liquid over the man as he begged them to call an ambulance.
They eventually fled his flat following the robbery in October 2019 but were caught days later after the man's neighbour recognised Wise and called police.
The pair, both of Coventry, admitted robbery when they appeared at Warwick Crown Court on Monday. The court heard Wise carried out the attack while on licence from prison after serving a prison term for attempted robbery.
Wise was jailed for eight-and-a-half years while Keeling was sentenced to five years and ten months in prison.
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Judge Anthony Potter told Wise: "If you were not aware of the vulnerabilities of those living there, I am satisfied you knew within moments he was a man with mental health difficulties.
"He was not sufficiently robust to resist you, and you effectively forced your way into his property.
"You used that time in the property not to thank him for letting you in, but to terrify him, and it is quite plain you took the lead role. You bullied him with the assistance of Mr Keeling, not just to get items, but to exert power over him.
"It was all designed to humiliate him and show him you were in control."
Addressing Keeling, Judge Potter said: "[The victim] described it as a brutal and terrifying attack, and you should feel thoroughly ashamed of your part in it.
"The way you conducted yourself in that property may not have been as bad as Mr Wise, but it did you no credit.
"You were prowling round in the background while Mr Wise was humiliating him and eventually stabbing him, and when you were invited by Mr Wise to have 'a free hit,' you did not make your excuses, you hit him.
"But I take account of the fact you were under pressure from Mr Wise and do not have the previous convictions he has."
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