Joseph Flaherty and Nathan Arcon jailed over terrifying crowbar attack burglary

Daily Echo: Joseph Flaherty Joseph Flaherty

TWO members of a gang who brutally attacked and robbed a watchmaker in his own home have been jailed for 17 years.

The victim left with cuts to his forehead and bruising over his body after the gang forced their way into his Southampton home, beat him with a crowbar, and took his £9,000 Rolex.

Now Joseph Flaherty and Nathan Arcon are behind bars for their part in the horrifying burglary in January this year.

Police are still hunting an alleged third gang member, Jack Murray, 27, who is being connected with a series of violent burglaries in the south.

Southampton Crown Court heard how the watchmaker was at his home in Bitterne, when three men wearing dark clothing and balaclavas stormed their way through the backdoor.

One of the men was brandishing a crowbar and demanded the victim’s valuable, blue-dialled wrist watch.

He resisted and was subjected to a “nasty and brutal attack”, the court heard.

He suffered bleeding when struck on the head and body with the crowbar, and had a kitchen knife held to his throat.

One of the men said he would “slit his throat from ear to ear” if the victim resisted, the court heard.

The men eventually took the watch and ran out of the property, where they fled the scene in a getaway car.

The prosecution argued Flaherty, 25, of Primrose Road, Bassett, was one of the attackers, while Arcon, 25, of Chiltern Green, Millbrook, was the getaway driver.

Jodie Mittell, prosecuting, told the court a silver Mercedes driven by Arcon was spotted by a police officer in Primrose Road later that evening and saw Flaherty moving away from the car to his home address.

The car drove off and the officer followed it and ordered it to stop in nearby Violet Road.

Items were seized in the car including a bomber jacket with Flaherty’s DNA on it, clothing with Murray’s DNA, and trainers with the DNA of Samuel Boylan, another defendant accused of being involved in the incident.

The three men pleaded not guilty to aggravated burglary but jurors found Flaherty and Arcon guilty.

Mr Boylan, of no fixed address, was found not guilty and cleared of any involvement.

David Reid, defending Flaherty, said his client, who has 14 previous convictions for 33 offences, wants to give a better example to his two children and has completed three stages of a business studies course while in prison.

Arcon’s defence barrister Andrew Houston told the court he is seen as “helpful, polite, and caring, and no one has a bad word to say about him”.

Sentencing Flaherty to ten years and Arcon to seven years behind bars, Judge Peter Ralls QC said: “It’s not surprising he (the watchmaker) was terrified.

“He said in his victim impact statement that he thought he was potentially facing death as a result of having a knife of his throat.”

Judge Ralls also handed Arcon, who previously pleaded guilty to supplying cannabis, a further four-month prison sentence, to run concurrently with his sentence for aggravated burglary.

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2:02pm Sat 14 Dec 13

issacchunt says...

In the words of Santa "ho ho ho", at least he can now spend christmas with his brother!
In the words of Santa "ho ho ho", at least he can now spend christmas with his brother! issacchunt

2:12pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Zexagon says...

Chin up lads, summers coming
Chin up lads, summers coming Zexagon

3:35pm Sat 14 Dec 13

WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER. says...

No more swaggering around for a few years.
No more swaggering around for a few years. WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER.

4:56pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Inform Al says...

A picture of Jack Murray would help.
A picture of Jack Murray would help. Inform Al

5:46pm Sat 14 Dec 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

Doing time for, doing time!
Doing time for, doing time! OSPREYSAINT

7:28pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Georgethepie says...

Defence barrister Andrew Houston said, he's seen as helpful, caring and polite, What by his mummy or his gran. Surely his defence would have been better using the old line' he comes from a broken home and had a troubled up bringing, hang them both and give the training to those who earn and deserve it
Defence barrister Andrew Houston said, he's seen as helpful, caring and polite, What by his mummy or his gran. Surely his defence would have been better using the old line' he comes from a broken home and had a troubled up bringing, hang them both and give the training to those who earn and deserve it Georgethepie

8:38pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Mary80 says...

If he wanted to set a better example to his kids DON'T BREAK THE BLOODY LAW THEN.
If he wanted to set a better example to his kids DON'T BREAK THE BLOODY LAW THEN. Mary80

9:51pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Micle1974 says...

Well Jo might see his brothers inside!
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Well Jo might see his brothers inside! http://www.dailyecho .co.uk/news/10070819 .Two_facing_drug_cha rges/ Micle1974

9:52pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Micle1974 says...

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http://www.dailyecho .co.uk/news/10707763 .Cocaine_gang_senten ced_to_24_years_betw een_them/?ref=ar Micle1974

3:23am Sun 15 Dec 13

Someone_New says...

Well Nathan, seems like "Flaherty doesn't get you everywhere" after all (only jail).

(Come on andysaints, call me a you know what for that joke, you know you want to...)
Well Nathan, seems like "Flaherty doesn't get you everywhere" after all (only jail). (Come on andysaints, call me a you know what for that joke, you know you want to...) Someone_New

1:02pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Zexagon says...

Someone_New wrote:
Well Nathan, seems like "Flaherty doesn't get you everywhere" after all (only jail).

(Come on andysaints, call me a you know what for that joke, you know you want to...)
They should turn to god :-)
[quote][p][bold]Someone_New[/bold] wrote: Well Nathan, seems like "Flaherty doesn't get you everywhere" after all (only jail). (Come on andysaints, call me a you know what for that joke, you know you want to...)[/p][/quote]They should turn to god :-) Zexagon

2:59pm Sun 15 Dec 13

issacchunt says...

The echo has reported this year on 3 of 4 Flaherty brothers getting 8, 9 and 10 years inside.
The echo has reported this year on 3 of 4 Flaherty brothers getting 8, 9 and 10 years inside. issacchunt

5:53pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Wiley123 says...

Are you stalking the flaherty family then issacchunt get a life you sad weirdo and stop hiding behind your username on this website.
Are you stalking the flaherty family then issacchunt get a life you sad weirdo and stop hiding behind your username on this website. Wiley123

5:56pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Wiley123 says...

Micle1974 wrote:
Well Jo might see his brothers inside!
http://www.dailyecho

.co.uk/news/10070819

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rges/
Yeah and you never know you might see them on the outside one day!!!
[quote][p][bold]Micle1974[/bold] wrote: Well Jo might see his brothers inside! http://www.dailyecho .co.uk/news/10070819 .Two_facing_drug_cha rges/[/p][/quote]Yeah and you never know you might see them on the outside one day!!! Wiley123

11:24pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Zexagon says...

Wiley123 wrote:
Are you stalking the flaherty family then issacchunt get a life you sad weirdo and stop hiding behind your username on this website.
Hmmm reading it in the echo? Wouldn't class it as stalking. It's called reading it in the echo yeah?
[quote][p][bold]Wiley123[/bold] wrote: Are you stalking the flaherty family then issacchunt get a life you sad weirdo and stop hiding behind your username on this website.[/p][/quote]Hmmm reading it in the echo? Wouldn't class it as stalking. It's called reading it in the echo yeah? Zexagon

12:04pm Mon 16 Dec 13

WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER. says...

Zexagon wrote:
Wiley123 wrote:
Are you stalking the flaherty family then issacchunt get a life you sad weirdo and stop hiding behind your username on this website.
Hmmm reading it in the echo? Wouldn't class it as stalking. It's called reading it in the echo yeah?
them lot are quite aufait with stalking i suspect , the arcons and the mekons ,life jim but not as we know it.
[quote][p][bold]Zexagon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wiley123[/bold] wrote: Are you stalking the flaherty family then issacchunt get a life you sad weirdo and stop hiding behind your username on this website.[/p][/quote]Hmmm reading it in the echo? Wouldn't class it as stalking. It's called reading it in the echo yeah?[/p][/quote]them lot are quite aufait with stalking i suspect , the arcons and the mekons ,life jim but not as we know it. WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER.

12:18pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Wiley123 says...

WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER. wrote:
Zexagon wrote:
Wiley123 wrote:
Are you stalking the flaherty family then issacchunt get a life you sad weirdo and stop hiding behind your username on this website.
Hmmm reading it in the echo? Wouldn't class it as stalking. It's called reading it in the echo yeah?
them lot are quite aufait with stalking i suspect , the arcons and the mekons ,life jim but not as we know it.
Well how would you know the three are related and how long they each got if you weren't actively seeking out the information on these people as they were sentenced far apart so it's not like their names would be fresh in your mind unless you are a sad stalker with nothing better to do get a life.
[quote][p][bold]WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Zexagon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wiley123[/bold] wrote: Are you stalking the flaherty family then issacchunt get a life you sad weirdo and stop hiding behind your username on this website.[/p][/quote]Hmmm reading it in the echo? Wouldn't class it as stalking. It's called reading it in the echo yeah?[/p][/quote]them lot are quite aufait with stalking i suspect , the arcons and the mekons ,life jim but not as we know it.[/p][/quote]Well how would you know the three are related and how long they each got if you weren't actively seeking out the information on these people as they were sentenced far apart so it's not like their names would be fresh in your mind unless you are a sad stalker with nothing better to do get a life. Wiley123

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