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Thug who terrorised Bromley family during armed burglary jailed for 10 years

PUBLISHED: 08:43 15 October 2018 | UPDATED: 08:43 15 October 2018

Shane Cosgrove, 24,  pleaded guilty to one count of burglary and one count of aggravated burglary at Croydon Crown Court on Friday,September 28 and was jailed on Thursday, October 11. Photo: Met Police.

Shane Cosgrove, 24, pleaded guilty to one count of burglary and one count of aggravated burglary at Croydon Crown Court on Friday,September 28 and was jailed on Thursday, October 11. Photo: Met Police.

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A man who committed a burglary while out on bail for threatening a family in a terrifying aggravated burglary in Bromley has been jailed.

Shane Cosgrove, 24, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to one count of burglary and one count of aggravated burglary at Croydon Crown Court on Friday, September 28.

He was sentenced on Thursday, October 11 to 10 and a half years’ imprisonment.

On Sunday, June 17 at about 10.30pm, two men - one of whom was Cosgrove - broke into a residential address in Durham Hill, Bromley, by smashing a rear window.

The victim, a 52-year-old woman, screamed that there were thieves in the house to alert her teenage son to come downstairs.

The first suspect then held a large knife to the woman’s throat and told her not to shout, while the second suspect pointed a handgun at the son.

They then forced the victim and her son upstairs and told them not to make a sound.

They then entered the victim’s daughter’s bedroom, who was using her laptop at the time. The victim’s son was led in at gunpoint.

The suspects asked the victims where their gold was kept.

Both the victim and her daughter began to cry and were terrified.

The first suspect then took the daughter’s laptop, mobile phone and attempted to pull her necklace off. The victim struggled with the suspect and the necklace fell to the floor.

The son told the suspects they have no gold. The first suspect then slapped the mother and the daughter around the face in an attempt to get them to give up the goods.

The second suspect then pointed the handgun at the son and asked for money. The victim replied they did not have any and the suspects then left the property through the front door and made-off on a moped.

They stole two mobile phones, two laptops and a watch during the course of the harrowing burglary.

Officers attended and a forensic examination of the house was carried out. Blood was found inside the address and a DNA match was made to Cosgrove.

On Tuesday, June 26 Met officers arrested Cosgrove in Ashley Green Road, Chesham Buckinghamshire. Cosgrove was taken to hospital as a precaution after to injuring himself by resisting arrest.

When he was interviewed Cosgrove answered no comment to all questions put to him. He was charged on Tuesday, July 17.

He appeared at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on Friday, July 20 and was subsequently bailed by the court.

On Saturday, July 28 at about 11pm police were called to a report of a burglary at a residential address in Minster Road, Bromley.

Entry was gained by the rear patio doors being smashed.

About £100,000 worth of property was reported stolen including jewellery, electronics, shoes, a handbag and sleeping tablets. It is believed three suspects were involved in the burglary.

A forensic examination of the property again found blood at the scene that matched Cosgrove’s DNA.

Cosgrove was arrested and charged with burglary on Thursday, August 30.

Det Con Simon Pleavin, the investigating officer from Op Venice (the Met’s moped crime taskforce), said: “I am pleased that Cosgrove has been jailed and taken off the streets of London so he cannot cause any more families misery.

“The aggravated burglary was a terrifying ordeal for the family and they are still extremely distressed from it.

“Both incidents have made the victims feel unsafe in their own homes.

“This sentence sends a clear message that those engaged in this type of crime will be brought to justice. I hope this sentence gives the victims a measure of comfort and closure.”

Detectives are continuing to appeal for information regarding all the other suspects involved in these offences. Anyone with information should call the police via 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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