Burglar Marc Hardey was jailed for 38 months yesterday/Thursday after he and accomplice barged their way into a flat in St Albans.
The victim answered his door at 10 o’clock at night to be confronted by Hardey, who he described as a skinhead, and another man who had a goatee beard.
Prosecutor Adam Butler told St Albans crown court that the man with the goatee told him: “We know you have money.”
The man with the goatee, who has not been caught, hit him on the head and body with the arm of a chair. He suffered cuts and bruising.
They did not find any cash, but took a laptop. The victim tried to call the police, but Hardey, 34, snatched his mobile.
The police arrested Hardey after his fingerprints were found on a cupboard and a bag.
When questioned, he said he had gone there to buy drugs and a fight started between the other two men.
In a victim impact statement, the victim said that while his physical scars have healed, he still has flashbacks.
Hardey, of Sleapshyde Lane, Smallford, St Albans, appeared for sentence having pleaded guilty to burglary committed on 7 May 2016. He had previous convictions for theft and burglary.
Defending, Dora Belford said Hardey did not have a weapon and did not cause any injury.
“He was not sober and had no idea about the injuries caused.”
She said he had a new relationship and was working as a plasterer.
Jailing him, Recorder David Bridge said: “This was a planned offence. He was deliberately targeted as you thought he had money.”