Jail for Rossendale man over machete gang attack

Lancashire Telegraph: BALACLAVA: Dwayne Andrews BALACLAVA: Dwayne Andrews

A QUALIFIED lifeguard who was part of a masked machete gang which tried to rob a businessman in his own home has been jailed for six years.

Dwayne Andrews, 23, and three accomplices turned up at the Thorburn Drive, Whitworth, home of Neil Martin, in January last year, believing their intended target had cash, or jewellery.

Mr Martin, whose wife and two teenage daughters were in the house, had the machete, which had a 10-inch blade, held to his neck by one of the four and was chillingly threatened: “Give me the money, or give me the gold. I will slit your throat.”

Burnley Crown Court had been told how Andrews had started to abuse steroids while working in the fitness industry and was said to have had a personality change.

He had been expecting a reward for taking part in the raid attempt, but the group left empty-handed after they found out the children were in the house, and no actual violence was used.

Andrews, of Windsor Avenue, Newchurch, admitted attempted robbery.

Sentencing, Recorder Dennis Watson QC told him: “It’s hard to imagine a more terrifying situation at 3.20pm on a Tuesday in January.”

The court had been told how three of the gang, including Andrews, were wearing balaclavas and the machete was waved around by one of the men. The defendant’s three associates have not yet been arrested.

Louise Whaites, for Andrews, said the robbery idea was someone’s else’s, it was suggested he ought to become involved, pressure was put on him and he agreed. He was then 21.

She said: “He thought he was there as a tall young man, who could add a bit of weight.

“It’s clear he is very remorseful. He is deeply ashamed of his actions on that day and of the potential consequences for the occupants of that address.”

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11:11am Mon 18 Apr 11

ibby128 says...

Perhaps drowning him would be a good idea?
Perhaps drowning him would be a good idea? ibby128

2:21pm Mon 18 Apr 11

noddy57 says...

do drugs in life and there is only one road to go down, if you cant handle life without them then you aint living right,,live by the sword die by the sword,,the pen is mightier than the sword,
do drugs in life and there is only one road to go down, if you cant handle life without them then you aint living right,,live by the sword die by the sword,,the pen is mightier than the sword, noddy57

4:27pm Mon 18 Apr 11

Lancs - pensioner says...

Big brave man whith a machete in his hand, then when he gets caught we hear the same old Bullsh@t from there solicitors, It’s clear he is very remorseful, pressure was put on him, say that to the occupants of that address, terrifeid children, the only reason the above bullsh@t came out of his mouth is HE GOT CAUGHT!!!
Big brave man whith a machete in his hand, then when he gets caught we hear the same old Bullsh@t from there solicitors, It’s clear he is very remorseful, pressure was put on him, say that to the occupants of that address, terrifeid children, the only reason the above bullsh@t came out of his mouth is HE GOT CAUGHT!!! Lancs - pensioner

4:31pm Mon 18 Apr 11

Izanears says...

How do abuse steroids? You can use them yes, but abuse them no. The mind boggles.
How do abuse steroids? You can use them yes, but abuse them no. The mind boggles. Izanears

5:16pm Mon 18 Apr 11

Come the Revolution says...

Keep him in solitary till he coughs up the names of his accomplices
Keep him in solitary till he coughs up the names of his accomplices Come the Revolution

8:47pm Mon 18 Apr 11

mavrick says...

Hang him, problem solved.
Hang him, problem solved. mavrick

9:30pm Mon 18 Apr 11

stekebabman says...

I've just read the above news article on the thugs who targeted Mr.Martin.
There isn't a word to describe these 'things that leech off our earth'.
First of all,after knowing Mr.Martin for quite a few years,he is the most kindest,caring,thoug
htful person I have ever met.
Ok yeah,he may come across as a huge,scary piece of work,but if you ever met him and got to know him you would realise he's nothing of the sort.
To be honest,if you approached him and ask him for anything,he would most probably just say 'Here mate',just take it.that's the kind of guy he is.
Secondly,over last five or six years,his health has deteriorated somewhat also,thinking back to last time we spoke,he had just come home from hospital then.
I truly hope that the one person already convicted will inform authorities who else was involved in this horrific attack in broad daylight.
I know how much of a family orientated man he is,and I know his main concern would have been for all parties in the property at the time.
Thankfully,no family member was hurt,although it's something that must play on Mr.Martins mind over and over again.
WELL DONE 'BRAVE' MR DWAYNE ANDREWS!Hope your proud of yourself!!
I've just read the above news article on the thugs who targeted Mr.Martin. There isn't a word to describe these 'things that leech off our earth'. First of all,after knowing Mr.Martin for quite a few years,he is the most kindest,caring,thoug htful person I have ever met. Ok yeah,he may come across as a huge,scary piece of work,but if you ever met him and got to know him you would realise he's nothing of the sort. To be honest,if you approached him and ask him for anything,he would most probably just say 'Here mate',just take it.that's the kind of guy he is. Secondly,over last five or six years,his health has deteriorated somewhat also,thinking back to last time we spoke,he had just come home from hospital then. I truly hope that the one person already convicted will inform authorities who else was involved in this horrific attack in broad daylight. I know how much of a family orientated man he is,and I know his main concern would have been for all parties in the property at the time. Thankfully,no family member was hurt,although it's something that must play on Mr.Martins mind over and over again. WELL DONE 'BRAVE' MR DWAYNE ANDREWS!Hope your proud of yourself!! stekebabman

10:52pm Mon 18 Apr 11

useyourhead says...

Total scum of the earth, why does it take fifteen month to get him to court?
Total scum of the earth, why does it take fifteen month to get him to court? useyourhead

9:51pm Wed 20 Apr 11

pdb951 says...

What relevance has his lifeguarding to the story?
What relevance has his lifeguarding to the story? pdb951

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