A pair of violent robbers who stabbed a man in the head then threw a heavily pregnant woman to the ground when she tried to dial 999 have been jailed for a total of 27 years.
Simon Patrick and Michael Collins demanded cash from two men and a woman after storming into a Leeds flat in September last year.
Patrick used a 12in kitchen knife to stab one of the men in the head and leg. When the 28-year-old woman, who was eight months pregnant, tried to call police she was pushed to the ground.
The pair – who have long criminal histories – fled with two mobile phones and £200 in cash.
They denied the offences but were found guilty after a trial at Leeds Crown Court.
Patrick, 38, was convicted of wounding with intent, actual bodily harm, robbery and affray. He was sentenced to 15 years by Judge James Spencer QC. Collins, 29, was found guilty of robbery and affray and was sentenced to 12 years.
Det Insp Jon Blackwell, of North West Leeds proactive crime team, said: “This was a horrendously violent attack on people in their own home during which one man was seriously stabbed and a heavily pregnant woman was thrown to the floor purely so these men could steal from them.
“Both Patrick and Collins have very long criminal records stretching back many years. We are very pleased that the court has recognised the seriousness of this incident and has given them such lengthy sentences.”
The court heard the incident happened at about 11.30pm on September 22 last year at Regent Court in Horsforth.
Collins, of Upper Wortley Road, Wortley, attacked a 40-year-old man while Patrick, of Holtdale Avenue, Holt Park, set about the other man, aged 41.
The woman tried to stand in Patrick’s way and was thrown to the floor. The unborn baby survived.
The pair, who knew their victims, were later arrested but denied carrying out the raid. Det Insp Blackwell added: “We hope the community can take some reassurance from knowing that they have been sent to prison for a long time.”