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Man jailed for aggravated burglary in Leigh

Jailed: Liam Finney Photo: Picture: Greater Manchester Police

A man has been handed an eight-year jail sentence after bursting into a couple's home in Leigh.

Liam Finney, aged 25, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary, before Liverpool Crown Court and was given the sentence today, Monday November 12.

Finney had already been issued with bail conditions preventing him from contacting the victims, with whom he had been staying.

But on Monday May 21 this year, one of the victims was outside when Finney appeared and demanded that he speak to the man.

He forced his way into the house past the woman and went upstairs.

The victim was asleep and Finney woke the man up and demanded cash from him. He then hit him on the head with an ornament, causing a cut to the man's eye.

As he was gathering electrical items to steal, the police came, after a neighbour called them, and Finney was arrested.

Detective Sergeant Nigel Rigby, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "This sentence shows just how seriously the courts take offences of this nature.

"This man had been a nuisance on this couple and he ignored his bail conditions to stay away from them, opting instead to violently terrorise them in their own home.

"I hope this result gives the victims some closure."