Man who carried out a robbery at private house in Peasmarsh jailed for eight years
A man who broke into a house in Peasmarsh, near Rye, during the morning of Friday, 29 January, while a teenage boy was at home alone has been sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to robbery.
David Pentek, 41, unemployed, of The Mount, St Leonards-on-Sea, was jailed at Lewes Crown Court on Tuesday (24 May) by Judge Paul Tain. He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £170.
The boy, 14, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, had been confronted by Pentek after he smashed a window to get into the house.
Pentek was wearing a black hoody that partially covered his face when he entered the terrified boy’s bedroom, tied him up and ordered him not to move while he stole jewellery, men’s after shave and personal effects.
The boy later needed treatment for shock.
Detective Constable Dominic Brown, part of an East Sussex CID team that tracked down and arrested Pentek, said: “This incident was a truly frightening experience for the boy involved, who was left badly shaken but otherwise unhurt.
“We’re pleased that the man responsible has been brought to justice and given a lengthy sentence for his crime.”