Vicious armed robbers jailed over attack on mum at home in Totton

Matthew Harfield

Jamie Dalton

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Crime Reporter

TWO armed robbers who subjected a young mum to a terrifying attack in her own home as her baby played close by have been handed long jail sentences.

Jamie Dalton and Matthew Harfield burst into the family house brandishing an imitation firearm and threatened to shoot Louise Henning as they ransacked the property for money.

Southampton Crown Court heard that the nurse had clumps of hair pulled out and teeth loosened in the vicious attack by Dalton, while her 11-month-old son was playing with his toys just yards away.

Both men had denied aggravated burglary and possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence but a jury found them guilty last month.

Yesterday Dalton, 21, of Kingsdown Way, Southampton and Harfield, 35, of no fixed address, were both sent to prison for the “planned” burglary in Testwood Road, Totton , during which they got away with £2,000 in cash. Judge Derwin Hope ruled that Dalton played the dominant role in the burglary and taking into consideration his “shocking” and violent criminal record, he believed Dalton was a danger to the public.

He gave Dalton a more serious indeterminate sentence with a recommendation he serve at least seven years before he can be considered for release.

Harfield was jailed for 12 years but will end up serving less total time than Dalton.

Judge Hope told the pair: “You forced your way into her property and subjected her to the most horrific ordeal to such an extent that she became paralysed by fear. I am quite sure that Mrs Henning will not forget this event for the rest of her life and will be permanently affected by it.”

After the sentencing Det Sgt Fiona Bitters, senior investigating officer in the case, said: “Without the help of the public, particularly the community in Totton, we may not have had this outcome. “I’d like to thank those who came forward, helping to put two dangerous men behind bars and restore some peace of mind to the victims who were deeply distressed by the events of February 22.

“This was a despicable premeditated crime carried out with no regard to the fact that a small child was present. The sentence given to these men reflects the seriousness of the crime.”

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9:29am Sat 15 Sep 12

Big Mac says...

That fat fecker looks like the only thing he could break into is a sweat.
That fat fecker looks like the only thing he could break into is a sweat. Big Mac
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10:00am Sat 15 Sep 12

WECOMING4U says...

Love the fact the one who has been sent down for 12 years will get out before the one who has been given 7!!!!!!
Surely this shows why our criminal procedures are all wrong.
Love the fact the one who has been sent down for 12 years will get out before the one who has been given 7!!!!!! Surely this shows why our criminal procedures are all wrong. WECOMING4U
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10:03am Sat 15 Sep 12

mgthesaint says...

What a couple of oxygen thieves,hope they rot,but it would probably take the fat fecker a bit longer to do so.
What a couple of oxygen thieves,hope they rot,but it would probably take the fat fecker a bit longer to do so. mgthesaint
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10:15am Sat 15 Sep 12

hulla baloo says...

WECOMING4U wrote:
Love the fact the one who has been sent down for 12 years will get out before the one who has been given 7!!!!!!
Surely this shows why our criminal procedures are all wrong.
Agreed. What is the point of a 12 year sentence when they know they will be out many years earlier? To me, 12 years is 12 years, and the only time that should be adjusted is extra for bad behaviour.
[quote][p][bold]WECOMING4U[/bold] wrote: Love the fact the one who has been sent down for 12 years will get out before the one who has been given 7!!!!!! Surely this shows why our criminal procedures are all wrong.[/p][/quote]Agreed. What is the point of a 12 year sentence when they know they will be out many years earlier? To me, 12 years is 12 years, and the only time that should be adjusted is extra for bad behaviour. hulla baloo
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10:25am Sat 15 Sep 12

nwsreader says...

WECOMING4U and hulla baloo - just to point out that Dalton got an indeterminate sentence for public protection. This means he will only be considered for parole after 7 years, although if he still is considered a danger he could in theory never be released, hence it being called indeterminate.
Harfield got 12 years and could be out after half,depending on various factors.
Therefore Harfield will serve at least six before release and Dalton at least seven years before being considered for release.
WECOMING4U and hulla baloo - just to point out that Dalton got an indeterminate sentence for public protection. This means he will only be considered for parole after 7 years, although if he still is considered a danger he could in theory never be released, hence it being called indeterminate. Harfield got 12 years and could be out after half,depending on various factors. Therefore Harfield will serve at least six before release and Dalton at least seven years before being considered for release. nwsreader
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10:28am Sat 15 Sep 12

Queen Victoria says...

I know one of these and believe me the one who got 7years is a nasty piece of work best place for him,saying that he should have got a lot longer!
I know one of these and believe me the one who got 7years is a nasty piece of work best place for him,saying that he should have got a lot longer! Queen Victoria
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11:48am Sat 15 Sep 12

mtdiablo says...

The judicial system is not just used for punishment, guys. These two MIGHT get out early, IF they're no longer a danger to the public, AND will have to stay out of trouble for the remainder of the sentence or be sent back to jail.
The judicial system is not just used for punishment, guys. These two MIGHT get out early, IF they're no longer a danger to the public, AND will have to stay out of trouble for the remainder of the sentence or be sent back to jail. mtdiablo
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5:43pm Sat 15 Sep 12

bigal007 says...

they look like inbreads whos they mum meat heads low lifes !!
they look like inbreads whos they mum meat heads low lifes !! bigal007
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11:35pm Sun 16 Sep 12

spike80256 says...

never let him out he is a prat
never let him out he is a prat spike80256
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11:37pm Sun 16 Sep 12

spike80256 says...

i mean dalton
i mean dalton spike80256
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9:21pm Mon 17 Sep 12

clareycol33 says...

bigal007 wrote:
they look like inbreads whos they mum meat heads low lifes !!
who's they mum???? so now they share the same mother?? is this a blame the parents comment??? i've known people from rich family's to commit crimes and end up in prison. its not down to the parents.
[quote][p][bold]bigal007[/bold] wrote: they look like inbreads whos they mum meat heads low lifes !![/p][/quote]who's they mum???? so now they share the same mother?? is this a blame the parents comment??? i've known people from rich family's to commit crimes and end up in prison. its not down to the parents. clareycol33
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9:37am Fri 21 Sep 12

craglle says...

pretty sure thats my dad ino you think that he is a complete idiot , but he has been stupid and like , its not his parents fault they a great couple , just leave all these crap out .
pretty sure thats my dad ino you think that he is a complete idiot , but he has been stupid and like , its not his parents fault they a great couple , just leave all these crap out . craglle
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