A MACHETE-wielding burglar fled a family home empty-handed after a brave mum stabbed him in the arm as he threatened to chop off her son’s finger.
Brian Wilson and wife Gillian both 55, were at their home in Bradford when a gang of armed and masked intruders burst into their detached bungalow in October.
Their son Christopher, 26, who was visiting with his wife, was punched in the face by machete-wielding Nigel Greenwood and demands were made for cash and jewellery.
Greenwood, 29, who works at a glass factory in Halifax, demanded the family tell them where the safe was.
But police believe the three balaclava-clad intruders had gone to the wrong house.
The two other men searched the house while Greenwood grabbed Christopher’s hand, with a two-foot long machete held over it. He told his terrified victim to give him one of his fingers.
Mr Hamilton said Greenwood, of High Poplars, Kings Road, Bradford, continued to grab hold of the terrified man’s hand despite his efforts to pull it away.
Mrs Wilson, who grabbed a knife from the kitchen, screamed and ran towards Greenwood stabbing him with it leaving the knife stuck in his right arm.
Greenwood pulled out the knife before fleeing with his accomplices. They got into a waiting Mitsubishi Evo which was driven off but blood at the scene linked Greenwood, who was later arrested at a caravan in Filey.
Greenwood was given seven years after he admitting aggravated burglary. He claimed he had been recruited, but had previous similar convictions.
Recorder Stubbs said previous sentences had not been a deterrent to Greenwood and the attack on the Wilsons’ home was undoubtedly a well-planned operation.
“If it hadn’t been for the bravery of his mother, who grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed you in the arm, who knows what would have happened,” said Recorder Stubbs.
“You got, as you acknowledge, your just desserts,” he said.