Vicious carjack gang jailed

Zamir Raja, 22, of Davyhulme Road, Stretford - 6 years and 11 months

Three vicious carjackers who stabbed their victim, leaving him with life-threatening injuries, have been jailed.

The car owner spent 11 days in intensive care and police believe he was lucky to survive. He has not worked since the robbery due to his injuries.  He was knifed at least four times when the trio broke into his home in Trafford in the early hours of March 31 last year at the man’s home in Stretford Road.

The 37-year-old was awoken by the sound of his door being forced and confronted the men on the stairs.  They attacked him without provocation and he was stabbed in the chest and back.   As he lay bleeding they threatened him again and forced him to hand over the keys to his Subaru Impreza which was parked outside.

At Minshull Street Crown Court, Zamir Raja, 22, of Davyhulme Road, Stretford; Cameron Wheatcroft, 19, of Cartmel Drive, Timperley, and a 17-year-old boy who cannot be named for legal reasons, all pleaded guilty to robbery.

Raja was sentenced to six years and 11 months in jail, Wheatcroft was sentenced to five years and two months in custody and the 17-year-old boy was locked up for three years and eight months.   Two of the offenders drove off in the Subaru and the third got away in the car they arrived in.

Detective Constable Jon Weir said: “This is a terrible incident which left the victim in intensive care for 11 days.

“He received life-saving surgery and is very fortunate to have survived. The effects of this incident have been long term though, and he hasn’t been able to work in his trade as a builder since the attack because of the severity of his injuries.

“I hope the sentence will now help the victim move on from this appalling incident, and I also hope that it serves as a message, deterring others from committing these terrible crimes.

“Criminals need to understand that if they choose to carry and use knives while committing crime, they will be caught and punished.”

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