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Penge burglar with a lot of bottle

Llewelyn Vassell

Llewelyn Vassell

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A 54-year-old burglar who was bottled around the head by a tenant who found him in his flat has been jailed for three years.

Welder Llewelyn Vassell, 54, of Breakspears Road, Brockley, pleaded guilty to burglary and was sentenced at Croydon Crown Court on November 1.

He broke into a flat in Springfield Road, Penge, last July and was about to steal a rucksack when the tenant, of large build, awoke and grappled him into a bear hug to stop him escaping.

He then called his flat-mate, an even larger man, who smashed a bottle over Vassell’s head and pinned him to the ground until police arrived.

Vassell told police he was innocent and had been walking down the road past the flats when the occupants had just dragged him through the window.

He was charged with burglary on August 31, appearing at Bromley magistrates court the same day.

A Bromley police spokesperson said: “Vassell certainly picked the wrong flat to burgle and let’s just say he was very relieved when the police arrived. The victims acted in an extremely courageous and brave fashion in stopping Vassell escaping. They were very impressive.”


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