Men jailed for Wembley Park burglary

Pair targeted home of a 92-year-old man

Two burglars who were caught red-handed in the home a 92-year-old man in the middle of the night have been jailed for a total of 11 years.

Harrow Crown Court heard Nicolae Palici, 43, and 36-year-old Liviu Dorin, broke into the elderly man’s home in Wembley Park on January 7 at 2am.

Luckily, the victim woke up and barricaded himself into his bedroom before alerting a neighbour who called the police.

The neighbour had a spare set of keys so was able to let the police in without alerting the pair.

After a brief struggle, both men were arrested and one was found to be in possession of a knife and a knife taken from the victim’s kitchen was found nearby.

Both men, of no fixed address, who had denied aggravated burglary, were found guilty on June 15.

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Palici was sentenced to five years in jail and Dorin six.

PC Cyntac Wong from Brent Police said: “The victim’s quick thinking has certainly avoided a much more serious incident because these men armed themselves with knives when they entered and were prepared to use them to injure him or threaten him.”