Aunt tries to hold door shut as men barge into her home during Sunday lunch

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A TERRIFIED householder tried to hold a kitchen door shut as two intruders tried to force their way into her home, a court heard.

Tracey Liburd shut the door on Lionel Patrice of Wheatley Lane, Halifax and his cousin Thomas Patrice when they turned up at her house in Deighton, Huddersfield, looking for her nephew Dino, who had come round for Sunday dinner.

Prosecutor Camille Moorland told Bradford Crown Court that there was some kind of grievance between the men and Dino Liburd ran upstairs into the bathroom.

Miss Moorland said the complainant described kneeling down against the locked kitchen door holding it shut as it was being kicked in.

Eventually the lock gave way and the cousins, who had armed themselves with knives from the kitchen, ran through the lounge and upstairs.

A third man, Jonathan Hunte, then came into the property and told the complainant to sit down and shut up when she tried to follow the duo upstairs.

The complainant could hear banging and shouts upstairs, but the men eventually left the house.

As they left the Patrice cousins vandalised Mr Liburd’s Vauxhall Corsa, which was parked outside.

Miss Moorland said the complainant was terrified by the incident and left in a state of shock.

The three men all pleaded guilty to a charge of affray arising out of the incident last July.

At the time of the offence both 26-year-old Thomas Patrice, of no fixed abode, and Hunte, 29, of Leopold Grove, Leeds, were on licence from five-year prison terms for firearms offences.

The court heard they had been recalled to continue serving those sentences following the incident at the house last summer.

Thomas Patrice was sentenced to 18 months in jail, his 24-year-old cousin Lionel was locked up for 15 months and Hunte received a 12-month prison sentence.