Young mum's attackers found guilty

Daily Echo: Young mum's attackers found guilty Young mum's attackers found guilty

IT was one of the most terrifying crimes any homeowner could imagine.

A defenceless young mum answered a knock on the door expecting it to be gas workers, only for the men standing there to pin her to the floor while they ransacked her home – all while her baby son played just yards away.

Matthew Harfield and Jamie Dalton stole £2,000 during the burglary in Testwood Lane in Totton .

They are both facing lengthy spells behind bars after a jury found them guilty of carrying out the vicious raid.

Mum-of-two Louise Henning feared she would be raped as she was wrestled to the floor by the masked men, one of whom was brandishing a gun.

The court heard that during the struggle she bit the man so hard that as he pulled his finger away he loosened three of her teeth. She then spat blood over one of her attacker’s shoes to mark him with her DNA – an idea that succeeded.

She was told to reveal the whereabouts of the couple’s safe and one of the men took her to the kitchen to wash her hands as he was worried she may have his DNA under her nails.

Mrs Henning was so shaken that she was unable to pick up her child and, once the burglars had fled, it took several attempts for her to call her husband Luke, a self-employed builder.

Clumps of her hair had been pulled out and she had to be treated for bruising.

The family told police they had no idea why they were targeted.

Two days later armed officers arrested Matthew Harfield as he drove a van through Eastleigh . Inside were two high-visibility jackets similar to those described by Mrs Henning and her blood was later found on his shoes.

His accomplice Jamie Dalton was arrested 11 days later.

Harfield, 35, of no fixed abode, and Dalton, 21, of Kingsdown Way, Southampton , denied aggravated burglary and possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

Harfield claimed he did not enter the house and that he had never met Dalton before the case. Dalton did not give evidence.

Jurors took five hours to decide unanimously that they were guilty of all charges. The pair will be sentenced at a later date following the completion of a pre-sentence report The officer in charge of the case, Detective Constable Mark Edis, said: “This was an absolutely terrifying incident for Mrs Henning, who was at home with her young child.

“These two men put her through an awful ordeal but as a result of our investigation they are now behind bars.

“I’d like to praise Mrs Henning for her bravery at the time of the incident and during the trial.”

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11:11am Fri 24 Aug 12

chavfreezone says...

Hope these utter scumbags get very sore bottoms in prison.
Hope these utter scumbags get very sore bottoms in prison. chavfreezone
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12:11pm Fri 24 Aug 12

Inform Al says...

Fantastic woman to think DNA at such a scary moment. Hope all goes well for her and her family.
Fantastic woman to think DNA at such a scary moment. Hope all goes well for her and her family. Inform Al
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12:30pm Fri 24 Aug 12

NewForestStu says...

Quick thinking by the victim which in the end help catch this pondlife, well done that lady. Hope she can get over this in time.

What makes this all the more sad is that in this country honest Jo now has the buden of paying for this pond life to sit behind bars. Surely it is about time we brought back chain gangs or sent these types to a military prison where they would actually get what they deserve?! ensuriBring back chain gangs and make these idiots do some real hard graftWhen beyond doubt that these people are guilty they should simply shot.....now every tax payer has the lovely thought that they are paying for these people to sit behind bars
Quick thinking by the victim which in the end help catch this pondlife, well done that lady. Hope she can get over this in time. What makes this all the more sad is that in this country honest Jo now has the buden of paying for this pond life to sit behind bars. Surely it is about time we brought back chain gangs or sent these types to a military prison where they would actually get what they deserve?! ensuriBring back chain gangs and make these idiots do some real hard graftWhen beyond doubt that these people are guilty they should simply shot.....now every tax payer has the lovely thought that they are paying for these people to sit behind bars NewForestStu
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2:04pm Fri 24 Aug 12

Queen Victoria says...

I've come across one of these low lifes and there are better things crawling under the stones in my back garden.
I've come across one of these low lifes and there are better things crawling under the stones in my back garden. Queen Victoria
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3:48pm Fri 24 Aug 12

Georgem says...

chavfreezone wrote:
Hope these utter scumbags get very sore bottoms in prison.
So now we're advocating rape as a punitive measure? Hmmmm.
[quote][p][bold]chavfreezone[/bold] wrote: Hope these utter scumbags get very sore bottoms in prison.[/p][/quote]So now we're advocating rape as a punitive measure? Hmmmm. Georgem
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4:03pm Fri 24 Aug 12

Mavis Barlow says...

Georgem wrote:
chavfreezone wrote:
Hope these utter scumbags get very sore bottoms in prison.
So now we're advocating rape as a punitive measure? Hmmmm.
oh... and I thought they were referring to the poor quality toilet paper in prison, I imagine it would be like the tracing paper we used to get at school, it was about as absorbent as a brick, and we only used the stuff when we ran out of bricks... what was the story again... oh yes, I'm glad justice has prevailed.
[quote][p][bold]Georgem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chavfreezone[/bold] wrote: Hope these utter scumbags get very sore bottoms in prison.[/p][/quote]So now we're advocating rape as a punitive measure? Hmmmm.[/p][/quote]oh... and I thought they were referring to the poor quality toilet paper in prison, I imagine it would be like the tracing paper we used to get at school, it was about as absorbent as a brick, and we only used the stuff when we ran out of bricks... what was the story again... oh yes, I'm glad justice has prevailed. Mavis Barlow
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5:41pm Fri 24 Aug 12

TEBOURBA says...

If I were this young mum's husband, partner, father or brother these two scumbags would spend the weeks after being released from jail, looking over their shoulders, never knowing when, where or how the hit would come!
If I were this young mum's husband, partner, father or brother these two scumbags would spend the weeks after being released from jail, looking over their shoulders, never knowing when, where or how the hit would come! TEBOURBA
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7:48pm Fri 24 Aug 12

Of the Ilk says...

Georgem wrote:
chavfreezone wrote:
Hope these utter scumbags get very sore bottoms in prison.
So now we're advocating rape as a punitive measure? Hmmmm.
Why do you assume a sore bottom only happens from rape?
[quote][p][bold]Georgem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chavfreezone[/bold] wrote: Hope these utter scumbags get very sore bottoms in prison.[/p][/quote]So now we're advocating rape as a punitive measure? Hmmmm.[/p][/quote]Why do you assume a sore bottom only happens from rape? Of the Ilk
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11:43pm Fri 24 Aug 12

jonnyx says...

Of the Ilk wrote:
Georgem wrote:
chavfreezone wrote:
Hope these utter scumbags get very sore bottoms in prison.
So now we're advocating rape as a punitive measure? Hmmmm.
Why do you assume a sore bottom only happens from rape?
i think it's pretty obvious that that was what chavfreezone was alluding to. there's no need to try and score a clever little point by being so disingenuous, of the ilk. this sort of disgusting comment (by chavfreezone) really reveals us, to often be no 'better' or moral than the scumbag criminals who carry out these vile crimes. is this really what we want as a society? a race to the bottom of reprehensibility? it's not the sort of society i want to live in.
[quote][p][bold]Of the Ilk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Georgem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chavfreezone[/bold] wrote: Hope these utter scumbags get very sore bottoms in prison.[/p][/quote]So now we're advocating rape as a punitive measure? Hmmmm.[/p][/quote]Why do you assume a sore bottom only happens from rape?[/p][/quote]i think it's pretty obvious that that was what chavfreezone was alluding to. there's no need to try and score a clever little point by being so disingenuous, of the ilk. this sort of disgusting comment (by chavfreezone) really reveals us, to often be no 'better' or moral than the scumbag criminals who carry out these vile crimes. is this really what we want as a society? a race to the bottom of reprehensibility? it's not the sort of society i want to live in. jonnyx
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12:25am Sat 25 Aug 12

Georgem says...

Of the Ilk wrote:
Georgem wrote:
chavfreezone wrote:
Hope these utter scumbags get very sore bottoms in prison.
So now we're advocating rape as a punitive measure? Hmmmm.
Why do you assume a sore bottom only happens from rape?
I don't assume that, but by the magic of basic reading comprehension, I know that's exactly what he meant. Want to play verbal gymnastics to score some Internet points? Go right ahead. Good luck banking them.
[quote][p][bold]Of the Ilk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Georgem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chavfreezone[/bold] wrote: Hope these utter scumbags get very sore bottoms in prison.[/p][/quote]So now we're advocating rape as a punitive measure? Hmmmm.[/p][/quote]Why do you assume a sore bottom only happens from rape?[/p][/quote]I don't assume that, but by the magic of basic reading comprehension, I know that's exactly what he meant. Want to play verbal gymnastics to score some Internet points? Go right ahead. Good luck banking them. Georgem
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1:55pm Sat 25 Aug 12

jonnyx says...

"...looking over their shoulders, never knowing when, where or how the hit would come!"

are you a mafia hitman tebourba? you certainly talk the talk.
"...looking over their shoulders, never knowing when, where or how the hit would come!" are you a mafia hitman tebourba? you certainly talk the talk. jonnyx
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2:55pm Sun 26 Aug 12

Laura85 says...

I'd hate to of been in that situation, and wouldn't know what to have done. What a brave lady and quick thinking got her attackers caught.mthank god she and her son are ok.
I'd hate to of been in that situation, and wouldn't know what to have done. What a brave lady and quick thinking got her attackers caught.mthank god she and her son are ok. Laura85
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