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Jail sentences increased for 'barbaric burglars' who tortured couple

Daniel Wallace and Kacey Adams have had their sentences almost doubled Credit: Kent Police

Two "barbaric" burglars who tied up a couple in their home and poured boiling water over their heads have had their sentences almost doubled. In April last year, Kacey Adams, 34, and 33-year-old Daniel Wallace broke in to the bungalow in Halstead, near Sevenoaks, of 66-year-old John Buswell, as he watched TV and his wife Janis, 64, knitted clothes for her expected great-grandchild. The intruders used cable ties to tie up the couple and subjected them to almost two hours of torture to demand the codes to their safes. Both men admitted aggravated burglary and causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

They had earlier been found guilty of conspiracy to murder after a man was shot in the face in a revenge attack. At Chelmsford Crown Court in April, Adams of Ilford, and Wallace, of Dagenham, were jailed for life with a minimum term of 12 and a half years before they are eligible to apply for parole.

But at the Court of Appeal in London yesterday three judges increased the minimum term to 23 years. Lady Justice Sharp, sitting with Mr Justice Popplewell and Judge Picton, said it was a "quite exceptional case" and the original sentences did not reflect the extreme gravity of the crimes. The appeal judges also increased the sentence imposed on 25-year-old Edward Dooley for his part in a drive-by shooting in May 2016, which the victim survived but was left with life-changing injuries.

Dooley, of Romford, was given a 16-year sentence for conspiracy to murder but that was replaced with a life sentence with a minimum term of 15 years.

Businessmen want to help track down violent burglars

A reward of twenty thousand pounds is being offered to help catch a gang of burglars responsible for a shocking attack on an elderly couple.

It's being put up by a group of businessmen who were appalled at the violence of the assault. The pensioners were tortured for two hours and had boiling water poured over them at their home near Sevenoaks. Tom Savvides reports.

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Reward of £20,000 after couple tortured in home

A reward of twenty-thousand-pounds is being offered to help catch a gang of burglars responsible for a shocking attack on an elderly couple. It's being - put up - by a group of businessmen after seeing our report on last night's programme. The pensioners were tortured for two hours and had boiling water poured over them at their home near Sevenoaks. Tom Savvides reports.

Local businessmen 'appalled' at attack on couple put up £20,000 reward to find violent burglars

A couple were attacked by burglars in their own home in Halstead, Kent

A reward of £20,000 is being offered to anyone who can help catch the burglars responsible for a shocking attack on two pensioners in Kent in their own home.

The money is being put up by four local businessman who have been appalled at the crime. The man and woman who were targeted had boiling water poured on them over two hours of torture at their home in the village of Halstead near Sevenoaks. The couple are being treated for life-changing injuries in hospital. One of the businessmen who posted the reward - David Barker, told us that those responsible must be found.