A man has been jailed for more than six years for a vicious robbery where the victim was beaten in his own home in Helston.
Steven Meehan, 24, of no fixed abode in Helston, pleaded guilty to robbery when he appeared before Truro Crown Court on 14 June. He was sentenced to six years and three months jail.
The court heard that Meehan and a co-offender wearing a mask called at an address in Church Street, Helston, around 11pm on 15 April.
A 25-year-old man, who was home alone, answered the door and was beaten and threatened by the two offenders. They took £300 and other property before telling the victim not to report the offence to police.
The victim, who sustained facial injuries and broken teeth, was left in fear that they might return.
Meehan was arrested the next day and charged; despite an extensive investigation the second offender was not identified.
Meehan had previously pleaded not guilty to the offence but changed his plea on the morning of the crown court trial.
Detective Constable Martin Hearn, of Helston CID, said: “The offence was a nasty and sustained attack on a lone male in his home. It is thought that the victim was picked out due to recent talk in Helston that he had won some money.
“The 14-month case was built around property recovered from Meehan’s address, forensic evidence, and the bravery of the victim to come forward and spend 14 months suffering from Meehan’s associates calling him a liar and supporting Meehan despite the callous nature of the crime and events.
“The sentence of six years and three months reflects the serious nature of the offence, and the lack of admission until the morning of the trial.”
Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News