Armed thug in raid on neighbour

Karl Mangham - Convicted
Karl Mangham - Convicted
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AN ARMED thug put his next-door neighbour through a terrifying ordeal in his own home.

Karl Mangham wore a mask and broke into Geoffrey Shackleton’s house with a home-made spear, then subjected him to a violent attack in a desperate search for money, Doncaster Crown Court heard.

But it was the homemade mask worn by Mangham that led to his arrest thanks to CSI-style techniques, a court heard.

The 25-year-old used a piece of old sweatshirt with holes cut out for eyes to cover his face when he raided Mr Shackleton’s home after his victim had gone to bed.

But the piece of material fell off during the struggle, and a specimen of DNA extracted from it was enough for scientists to link Mangham to the crime in Jarratt Street, Hyde Park, last summer.

The forensic evidence persuaded Mangham to plead guilty at Doncaster Crown Court to charges of aggravated burglary and unlawful wounding, and he was jailed for four years and eight months.

Prosecutor Neil Coxon said Mr Shackleton, aged 43, was awoken in the early hours of July 10 by breaking glass and could hear voices inside his terraced home.

He got out of bed and saw two men wearing hoods coming up the stairs shouting: “Where’s your money, where is it?” He realised they were carrying weapons.

Mangham had armed himself with a 30ins-0long piece of wood which had a sharpened tool fastened to the end.

He struck Mr Shackleton with his fists and used the weapon to prod him and back him into a bedroom.

“He told them he hadn’t got any money and struggled with the defendant and grabbed at the weapon,” said Mr Coxon. “The defendant began to punch his face and shouted for the other man to assist him.

“The struggle between Mr Shackleton and Mangham carried on, with the complainant holding on to the sharpened tool. As he was doing this the defendant bit him on the right arm.”

The victim later told police he was “frightened to death”. “I could only think of grabbing it or I would die,” he said.

Mangham and the other man - who has never been identified - made their escape and Mr Shackleton was taken to hospital to be treated for puncture wounds to his face, arms and back, and the bite injury.

Mr Shackleton said he felt very emotional after the burglary and did not want to return home.

The makeshift hood worn by Mangham was recovered from the house and it was linked to him. Police arrested him at the house next door to the crime scene.

The court was told jobless Mangham has 22 previous convictions, including some for burglary and violence.

Defence counsel Paul O’Shea said Mangham was “entirely intoxicated on a huge amount of vodka when they planned to go into the property next door”. He added: “It was a frightening incident and there is nothing I can say to reduce that.

“There was an element of pre-planning but it was hardly carried out in the most sophisticated way and the defendant bit him because Mr Shackleton had overpowered him.”

Mr O’Shea said Mangham’s partner and her young children were standing by him, and she still visits him in prison.

The judge, Recorder Martin Bethel, QC, told Mangham: “You were disguised by a balaclava to cover your face which added to the terror of what you did. You were both armed with weapons and used it and bit him.

“The experience for Mr Shackleton must have been terrifying indeed. This was a very bad offence of aggravated burglary and the sentence must be a very substantial one.”