Man jailed for aggravated burglary in Abridge

A man has been sentenced to over eight years in prison following an aggravated burglary in Abridge earlier this year.

Jerome Jean, 33 of Dericote Street, London, appeared at Snaresbrook Crown Court on June 14 where he was sentenced to eight years and three months after pleading guilty to aggravated burglary and possession of class B drugs.

Essex Police received a call shortly before 9pm on January 23 reporting an aggravated burglary on London Road, Abridge.

The victims were at home when three men forced entry. One man held a large knife to the victim’s neck and demanded money. The suspects then stole a designer handbag before leaving. The victims weren’t harmed but left shaken.

When officers attended, blood was found at the scene. When this was forensically examined, it came back as a match to Jean. Further enquiries placed Jean’s phone in the Abridge area around the time of the offence.

He was arrested on Tuesday, February 14 at his home in London. During the arrest, officers located a small amount of cannabis and Jean was further arrested on suspicion of possession of class B drugs.

He was charged with aggravated burglary and possession of a controlled drug of class B and remanded into custody. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to eight years and three months for both offences.

Detective Constable Alexander Cove, from Loughton CID said “Jerome Jean put these victims through a terrifying ordeal.

“Since the incident, the victims have described how they suffer from sleepless nights and avoid being home alone.”