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Jail sentence for pair who forced their way into a Slough flat and fired a sawn-off shotgun

Luke Matthews

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Jail sentence for pair who forced their way into a Slough flat and fired a sawn-off shotgun

Fabian Boyde (left) and Patrick Blake

Two men have been jailed for a total of 14 years after the pair forced their way into a flat and fired a sawn-off shotgun in Slough.

Fabian Boyde, aged 22, of Winvale, Slough, and 20-year-old Patrick Blake, of Pentland Road, Slough, were found guilty of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence at Reading Crown Court on Tuesday.

On the afternoon of Wednesday, March 11 last year, police were called to an address in Newport Road after a man was seen trying to escape from a bathroom window shouting ‘someone’s trying to kill me’.

Officers arrived at the scene within minutes and spotted Boyde and Blake acting suspiciously nearby. The pair were pursued and caught by police, and a sawn-off shot gun was recovered nearby.

Police entered the flat where the man was seen climbing out of the bathroom window to check on his welfare. Although the flat was empty, officers found that a firearm had been discharged in the bathroom after a small hole was found in the floor.

Following their arrests, Boyde and Blake were released from police custody pending further inquiries.

On May 9 2015, the pair were jointly charged with being in possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

Each was sentenced to seven years, with Boyde being given an additional month, to run concurrently, for possession of cocaine.

As part of the investigation, a 15-year-old boy was also arrested but later released without charge.

Detective Constable James Heath said: “I am pleased with the sentences which reflect the severity of the crime committed and the fact that these two men entered the flat in possession of a firearm.

“Through our investigations, we know that both Boyde and Blake went to the address armed with a sawn-off shot gun, barging their way in when the door was opened.

“An altercation then took place between the pair and a man which led to the firearm being discharged. Thankfully, no-one was injured.”

He added: “I would like to reassure local residents that this was not a random incident as we believe the individuals concerned were known to each other.

“I would to thank the witnesses in this case who not only provided valuable assistance at the time of the offence taking place, but for their support ever since.

“Their evidence has undoubtedly played a significant part in securing these convictions for which I am very grateful.”

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