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Armed burglars jailed for brutal robbery

PUBLISHED: 10:24 20 May 2010 | UPDATED: 10:13 12 August 2010

A GANG of burglars have been jailed for a total of 39 years after they were convicted of burgling a house armed with an imitation gun, a crowbar, a snooker cue and baseball bat. David Dauvergne, 40, of Lullingstone Crescent, Orpington, was one of a gang

A GANG of burglars have been jailed for a total of 39 years after they were convicted of burgling a house armed with an imitation gun, a crowbar, a snooker cue and baseball bat.

David Dauvergne, 40, of Lullingstone Crescent, Orpington, was one of a gang of four men who were sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court on May 11.

Dauvergne and other gang members Frederick Braithwaite, 47, from West Norwood and Granville During, 27, from east London, were all jailed for nine years for their part in the robbery in Catford in December last year.

A fourth man, Anthony Parnell, 25, from West Norwood, was jailed for 12 years.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Tim Walter said: "I am pleased this group has been sentenced. This was an aggressive crime in which the victims were told they would be shot if they did not give in to their demands."

The court heard that on December 2, 2009 at 1am, the group forced their way into a house in Minard Road, Catford, masked with balaclavas and armed with an imitation firearm, a crowbar, the end of a snooker cue and a baseball bat, they threatened to shoot the nine occupants if they did not hand over their property and money.

The victims were forced to lie on the floor and hand over mobile phones, wallets and more than £2,555.

Police were called by one of the people who had escaped when the men broke in, and officers arrested During when they arrived.

The other gang members were arrested just hours later and charged with aggravated burglary and possession of an imitation firearm.

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