A man has been jailed for more than three years for a burglary in which two teenagers were tied up with rope and sticky tape.
The victims were playing computer games at an address in Langleys, Basildon, when intruders armed with a lock knife forced their way in at about 11pm on Sunday June 28 last year.
They were assaulted and tied up with rope and tape. Their eyes were also covered with tape.
The intruders stole items including jewellery, a games console and tablet computer before leaving.
The boys managed to free themselves and called police.
Harry Sharp, 21, of Mellow Purgess, Basildon, was arrested and charged with burglary. He was also charged with sending threatening messages in relation to a separate incident.
He appeared at Basildon Crown Court today, Thursday April 7, where he was jailed for 45 months for the burglary and 12 months for the threats charge, to run concurrently.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Steve Dawkins, of Basildon CID, said: “This was a terrifying incident in which the victims were threatened with a knife, punched several times and tied up.
“Luckily they did not require hospital treatment but it has affected them greatly.
“DNA evidence recovered from the scene led us to arrest Sharp, who denied any involvement during police interview but later had a change of heart and entered a guilty plea at court.”
Three men from Basildon aged 17, 18 and 20 who were arrested on suspicion of burglary in connection with this offence are currently on bail until April 13, pending further enquiries.