A MASKED raider who subjected a man to a violent late-night robbery in his own home has been caged for six years.
Adam Galloway and an unknown accomplice, who were both wearing ski-masks, forced their way into Anthony Cook’s bungalow in South Shields after knocking on his door just after midnight on May 15.
While former Nissan worker Galloway, 20, unleashed ferocious violence on the 43-year-old householder, the second raider packed up more than £1,000 of property which they took away.
Newcastle Crown Court heard Mr Cook was repeatedly punched and put to the floor during the shocking ordeal, and his head was stamped on at least twice.
During the violent onslaught, Mr Cook managed to grab the ski-mask worn by his attacker and a DNA profile from the material led police to Galloway.
When officers went to Galloway’s home they found Mr Cook’s Playstation 3, which had been taken during the raid.
More than £800 worth of property, including a telephone and blu-ray player, has never been found.
Galloway, of Cheshire Grove, South Shields, pleaded guilty to robbery and said he had got involved in the offence after drinking and drug-taking with a group of men he met in a bar in the hours before.
Mr Cook told police he fears he may never recover from what happened to him that night and fears he may come under attack again.
He said in a statement: “It has affected me in ways I never thought it would. I don’t know if I will ever get over it.
“My heart sinks every time there is a knock at the door. The fact this happened in my own home makes it worse.
“If something happened outside at least I would have my home as a refuge, where I would feel safe, but I don’t have that.
“I am convinced they will come back and get me. I have no idea who he is, how did he know me and why see fit to attack me?
“Part of me would like to visit him in prison and ask why he did what he did. It is nagging away at me not knowing.
”I would like to look him in the eye and ask why, what did I ever do to you?”
The court heard Galloway received a reprimand for robbery when he was just 12 and has only three convictions for minor offences since.
Mr Recorder Murray told Galloway as he jailed him for six years: “It was you that used the violence, that violence was serious and gratuitous.
“I have seen the victim statement from Mr Cook and he said he doesn’t know if he will ever get over what happened to him.
“He feels like he has no place of refuge.”
Lewis Kerr, defending, said Galloway, who lost his job at Nissan shortly before the raid, is genuinely sorry for what he did that night, some of which he can barely remember due to his drunk and drugged state.
Mr Kerr said; “He is, frankly, shocked by his own behaviour.”