Shotton terror intruder jailed and facing deportation

Published date: 03 February 2014 |
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A MAN who with others broke into a house in Flint and attacked one of the occupiers has been jailed for three years.

Roman Samsonkin, who followed the proceedings at Mold Crown Court with the aid of a Lithuanian interpreter, was told he would be deported when he had served his sentence.

Samsonkin, 24, of Ash Grove in Shotton, was already serving an 18-month sentence for an earlier affray, Mold Crown Court was told.

He admitted a burglary at a house in Albert Avenue in Flint, in March 2012 with intent to inflict GBH.

The court heard how the victim barricaded himself in a bedroom but four men forced themselves in and kicked and punched him.

Samsonkin produced a knife and threatened to kill him – and made a stabbing motion towards him.

The victim deflected the knife with his arm which was cut.

Prosecutor David Mainstone said  the victim had been involved in a dispute with another man over money, possibly £10, and there had earlier been some pushing and shoving between them.

He was warned by the other man, not the defendant, “you will answer for that”.

Later that evening, he saw the defendant and another man outside his home looking for his address.

A car pulled up and some men got out and the defendant shouted “that’s him”.

Fearing trouble, the victim ran inside, locked the door, and shouted to his girlfriend and others in the house that there would be trouble.

He told his girlfriend to hide behind a computer desk in the bedroom as he held the door shut.

But he heard the back door being smashed and four men forced their way into the bedroom where he was kicked and punched.

His girlfriend tried to phone the police but one of the men grabbed her wrist and twisted it to prevent her.

It was then the defendant produced a knife and shouted: “I will kill you”.

There was a further incident when a number of men went to a downstairs room and attacked the occupants there – one suffered a fractured eye socket.

But the prosecutor said there was no evidence Samsonkin was one of them.

Samsonkin was later arrested after his fingerprint was found in the bedroom and his DNA was on the knife which had been dropped on the bedroom floor.

He had previous convictions for 10 offences including possessing knives.

Andrew Green, defending, said it was a serious incident with a number of aggravating features.

There had been long delays in the case but the defendant knew he faced a long sentence.

Judge Peter Heywood said there was a background of bad blood and he turned up with others at the victim’s home.

The judge said Samsonkin had played his part in an incident of violence in which serious injuries were caused.

It occurred within their own home, he was part of a group, he had armed himself with a knife and he had a bad record of previous offending including the use of a knife.

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