A land worker who carried out a terrifying robbery as a revenge attack against his former employer has been jailed for 11 years at Lincoln Crown Court yesterday (Tuesday).
Dean Millington was one of two masked men armed with knives who broke into their victim’s home in Spilsby in the middle of the night and terrorised them.
At the time of the robbery Millington was on police bail suspected of carrying out an earlier burglary on the same house when £1,500 was taken.
Phil Howes, prosecuting, said the gangmaster and his wife were sleeping when they woke just before 4 am by voices in their home.
“The bedroom door swung open and two males armed with knives and shouting ‘where is the money?’.
“The knives were described as 10 to 12 inches long knives used for cutting cauliflowers. “
The gangmaster’s partner started screaming only for one of the men to put his hand around her throat.
During the robbery the gangmaster was pushed to the floor and after the intruders went downstairs Millington returned upstairs and punched the man in the face.
The robbers then searched the downstairs of the property looking for money before fleeing with a handbag and £50 cash. Millington was arrested five days later at an address in Lincoln. The missing handbag was later found at Mareham on the Hill.
The victims were left terrified by the incident and Mr Howes said both have since been severely affected by their experience.
Mr Howes said “This was a targeted night time robbery on a dwelling where the occupants were woken by two masked intruders in their bedroom.
“The prosecution say this was a revenge offence by Millington against his previous employer.
“There had been tensions between Millington and the gangmaster towards the end of August. The employer had to reprimand the defendant for his work rate and his reliability.”
Mr Howes said that the response of Millington was to tell the gangmaster “I can make you look silly.”
Millington ,35, of High Street, Spilsby, admitted robbery and possession of a machete as a result of the raid on 17 October. He asked for an offence of burglary at the same house on 5 September to be taken into consideration.
The court was told that although a second man was involved in the robbery police have yet to make a further arrest.
Judge Michael Heath, passing sentence, told Millington “You subjected your employer and his partner to a terrifying incident.
“This was plainly a planned offence. There was an element of revenge for some slight which you say you had suffered at the hands of your employer during the course of your employment.”
David Eager, for Millington, said “The principal mitigation is that this man pleaded guilty at the very first opportunity.”