Man jailed for attacking couple at home during attempted robbery

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A man who attacked a couple in their own home has been jailed for 11 years after a jury unanimously found him guilty of attempted robbery.

Jonathan Atanda, 23, of no fixed abode, was sentenced on Friday at Aylesbury Crown Court.

His accomplice, Peter Shaw, aged 29, from Redhuish Close, Furzton, was convicted earlier this year.

On the September 25, 2013, Atanda and Shaw knocked at the door of a home in Shenley Church End and detained a man and a woman in their 60s.

They pinned them to the ground where they punched and kicked them.

Atanda and Shaw ran away when they were disturbed by a third occupant of the house who was upstairs.

Det Con Graeme Poulton said: “This was a traumatic incident for the victims and I hope they will find some comfort in the sentencing of Atanda and the sentencing earlier this year of Shaw.

“I would like to reassure the local community that crimes of this nature are rare but if anyone has any concerns please contact the local neighbourhood policing team on 101.”

Shaw pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted burglary on January 21 and was sentenced, on the same day, to seven years’ imprisonment for both offences to run concurrently.

He was arrested on October 21, 2014 and charged on June 26, 2014.