A masked raider who subjected a self-employed businessman and his wife to a terrifying gang robbery in their Parbold home has received a 10-year sentence.
The prosecution said that the terrifying ordeal was well planned and that the gang deliberately targeted the address.
The couple were tied up and robbed by a gang of five or six armed men, but only Leon Foran was tracked down after he left incriminating evidence behind.
Foran was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment with an extended licence of five years by Judge Robert Trevor-Jones who told him it was "a very traumatic incident which would have been terrifying."
Foran, 22, and his accomplices struck at the victims’ large home on October 28 last year while the family was watching television.
Peter Barr, prosecuting, told Liverpool Crown Court: "It was sophisticated, planned and well executed. It was carried out in a professional manner by a gang who had targeted the address.
"They knew he [the victim] had a variety of items in his home and, by the nature of his business, would have cash and had a safe.
"The couple heard repeated banging at the front door before it was kicked open and masked men in dark clothing burst in.
"One had a knife and the others may have had weapons." Mr Barr said.
He added: "They ran into the house screaming ‘get down, get down, where's the safe? Take us to the safe’."
The businessman’s wife then had the knife, which had a six-inch blade, held to her throat and, while she was screaming hysterically in front of him, her arms and legs were bound with gaffer tape. The businessman was kicked in the ribs.
The raiders grabbed expensive jewellery which had great sentimental value and an iPhone. They also found £700 in the house.
Before leaving with their haul, the gang demanded the keys to the wife’s BMW car and drove away in it.
The couple managed to free themselves and raise the alarm.
A police officer spotted the car shortly afterwards driving at high speed in Alder Lane, Parbold, and gave chase.
The gang abandoned the vehicle with the engine still running and escaped.
Mr Barr said the businessman was still suffering pain from his rib injuries and his wife had been very badly traumatised and was having counselling.
Foran, of Bramcote Road, Kirkby, pleaded guilty to robbery. Paul Lewis, defending, said he had never committed such a serious offence before and was remorseful.