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Violent Hastings burglar jailed - footage of break-in

Damien Oprey jailed Photo: Sussex Police

This video shows the moment five men smashed their way into a man's home at night, in an attempt to rob him.

A man from Hastings, who took part in the violent burglary, at an isolated home, has been given a ten year prison sentence following a Sussex Police investigation.

Damien Oprey, who's 27, has been convicted of taking part in the aggravated burglary just before midnight on Monday 12 November 2018.

Five men, one with a handgun, smashed their way through the front door into the bungalow in Butchers Lane, Three Oaks, while the sole occupant was asleep inside.

The 61-year-old man was terrified and fled unhurt into his garden while the suspects made off with an old laptop, but caused extensive damage to the property and considerable distress for the occupant.

During our enquiries, forensic examination of the scene found Oprey's DNA in blood at the address and he was arrested later that month. The damage caused to gain entry was excessive and much of it totally unnecessary and we can only imagine it was to create the greatest amount of fear to whoever was inside.This was a frightening incident for the victim, and the exact motive is still not clear, but we are glad to have have been able to bring one member of this gang to justice already.

– Detective Constable Shelley Campbell