Four men who carried out an aggravated burglary in Grays armed with chainsaws have been jailed for a total of nearly 40 years.
David Guwazah, Robert Grant, Alfie Livett, and Harry Millington forced their way into an address in Parsonage Road armed with various weapons, including a baseball bat and two chainsaws, shortly before midnight on April 12 last year.
They demanded money and drugs from the people inside.
This was a targeted attack. However, the police investigation has established the group of people they were looking for weren’t there.
When the men realised their intended targets were not there, they assaulted the three innocent men inside.
One of the victims was struck to his arms and legs, another had a knife put to his throat before being struck round the head with a baseball bat and kicked in the stomach, while the third was hit on the arms.
All the while one member of the attacking group revved the chainsaw.
After a few minutes the group left and it is not believed anything was taken.
Following a thorough investigation all four men were arrested and later all charged with aggravated burglary and two counts of assault by beating.
pleaded guilty, but the other three denied the charges.
However, following a trial at Chelmsford Crown Court they were found guilty on February 7.
At the same court today (Friday March 6) they were sentenced to a total of 37 and-a-half years.
Guwazah, 38, of Leighton Gardens, Tilbury was jailed for 11 years and given a further three on licence, Livett, 20, also of Leighton Gardens, Tilbury, was given nine years, Grant, 28, of Townmead Road, London SW6 received 10 years, and Millington, 27, of Salisbury Road, Grays, was sentenced to seven and-a-half years.
Senior investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Daniel Stoten, from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “These four men carried out a violent and target attack on three wholly innocent people.
“This gang savagely attacked the victim despite knowing full well they were not the people they had been looking for.
“They terrorised their victims in a premediated burglary, using chainsaws to intimidate their victims.
“They will now spend a significant amount of time behind bars and Essex is a safer place for it.”