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Second Man Charged After 'Horrendous' Burglary

Thursday 13th August 2014

A second man has been charged after a burglary victim suffered life changing injuries following an aggravated burglary at his Wimbledon home.

On Monday (11th August) officers were called to reports of a burglary in progress in Kings Road at around 10pm.

When they arrived they were apprehended and arrested two suspects in their late 20s at the scene.

Two other suspects ran off, one in the direction of Wimbledon Town Centre. They have yet to be caught.

A picture of the victim's injuries
It is believed that just before 10pm the 55 year old victim opened the front door to four men who forced their way into his home. All had their faces concealed by balaclavas. One of them then violently assaulted him while repeatedly shouting "where is the money".

A 50 year-old woman at the address was then threatened by the remaining two men, who attempted to tape her down to a chair.

A woman and a man in their early 20s, who had been upstairs at the time, locked themselves in a room and were able to call 999 for help.

The injured man is currently in a South London hospital receiving treatment for multiple facial injuries and bruising to the body and limbs. He is undergoing surgery to the eye and his condition is described as life changing.

No further people were injured.

Officers are keen to speak to anyone who saw a silver Volkswagen two-door cabriolet style car which was believed to have been used by the suspects.

A number of personal items were stolen from the address, all of which are believed to have been recovered, as they were discarded by the suspects.

Detective Inspector Dan O'Sullivan, of Merton Burglary Squad, said: "The victim and his family are distraught and they cannot understand why they were targeted in this way. We believe that the motive for this horrendous crime is purely for financial gain, and the attackers thought there was cash within the property.

"The level of violence used is unprecedented for this borough, and I'm appealing to anyone who was in the area between 21:00-23:00hrs to come forward and speak to us if they heard or saw anything suspicious. We are also seeking information regarding a silver car the suspects may have used.

"The fast response to the 999 call ensured that two suspects were apprehended and the victim could receive immediate first aid.

"I must stress that this appears to be an isolated incident, and such cases are thankfully rare. However, this serious attack is now subject of a meticulous enquiry whilst we work to support individuals affected by the events and the local community. Officers are currently conducting high visibility patrols and speaking to residents to answer their concerns."

A 32 year old man appeared at Wimbledon Magistrates Court charged with GBH and aggravated burglary yesterday.

A second man has been charged this morning in connection with the burglary. The 23 year old was charged with Grevious Bodily Harm and aggravated burglary and will appear in custody at Wimbledon Magistrates this morning.

Two suspects remain outstanding. 

Anyone with information is urged to call the incident room on 020 8649 3159; Or if you with to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111