11 year jail term for man who committed a string of offences including robbery and threatening people with an axe

A man has been jailed for 11 years after pleading guilty to a string of offences including threatening two people with an axe in Sudbury.

Levi Hilden, aged 36 and of Birkfield Drive, Ipswich, was sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday, January 27) for burglary, theft, conspiracy to rob, conspiracy to burgle and threatening an individual with an offensive weapon.

The offences took place between December 2018 and January 2020.

In one incident in Sudbury in December 2019 he threatened two people with an axe whilst they were placing belongings in their parked car in Quay Lane. Jewellery, an i-phone, keys and other personal property were taken from the couple.

He was also involved in a burglary on December 13, 2019, at Boots on Market Hill, in Sudbury, when a large amount of perfume and aftershave were taken.

Hilden was also involved in a further burglary that took place the same morning at Nethergate Brewery on Rodbridge Hill, in Long Melford, where a safe had been broken into.

Hilden was also convicted of a burglary that took place in the early hours of January 8, 2020, at Hennessey Lifestyle on Sudbury Road, in Little Whelnetham, where the premises was broken into using a sledgehammer with cash stolen.

On December 31, 2018, he was responsible for the burglary of a property in Kirton with passports, cash , jewellery and ornaments stolen in the process by Hilden.

DS Paul Cappleman, from Bury St Edmunds CID, said: “Hilden was an individual who caused a great deal of distress and upset and he showed little concern for the impact his actions had on the victims.  Such acts of robbery and burglary are extremely intrusive crimes and would have been extremely frightening to have experienced. A sentence like this acts as a deterrent to other would be burglars that the courts take this type of offending very seriously.”


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