A MAN who broke into a home in Warrington and threatened the occupants with a hammer and machete during an aggravated burglary has been jailed.
Nathan Frazer appeared at Liverpool Crown Court where he was sentenced to 7 years and 6 months in prison.
The 27-year-old had earlier pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary.
The court heard how Frazer was one of three men who broke into a flat on Whitethroat Walk, Birchwood at around 9.50pm on Friday 3 December 2021.
The trio, who were all wearing balaclavas, assaulted one of the occupants with a hammer; they also threatened the couple with a machete.
Following the attack, the group fled the scene taking with them a number of computer games.
During a subsequent investigation, detectives from Warrington CID recovered a catalogue of evidence linking Frazer to the incident.
This including CCTV footage showing him in an alleyway, with his balaclava lifted, smoking a cigarette and waving a hammer in the moments prior to the incident.
They also recovered mobile phone messages in which he admitted committing the burglary.
Following the sentencing Detective Constable Leah Greenacre, who led the investigation, said: “I am delighted with the sentence that has been handed to Frazer, which truly reflects the severity of this offence.
“He subjected the victims to an absolutely terrifying ordeal, threatening them with a machete and a hammer in their own home – the one place where everyone should be able to feel safe.
“Thankfully, as a result of the evidence we were able to gather, Frazer had no option but to admit his guilt and plead guilty to the offence.
“I hope that the conclusion of this case brings some closure to the victims and helps them move forward with their lives.”
Enquiries to identify the two other offenders remain ongoing and a 16-year-old boy is currently on conditional bail in connection with the incident.