Cancer victim tragically died after being tormented by gang who tried to force their way into home


A vulnerable throat cancer victim who had suffered from a stroke was left in fear of his life after a vicious gang of three men tried to force their way into his home.

The occupier tried desperately to barricade himself in his home as the gang tried to smash their way inside.

Hull Crown Court heard how the victim had since died but the “shameful and deeply unpleasant” raid undoubtedly “blighted” the last few months of his life, Hull Live reports.

Aaron Page, 23, admitted to aggravated burglary and Ayden Faulder, 29, admitted to burglary on September 16.

Prosecutor, Fatima Zafar, told the court that the victim, who has since died, was on the couch watching TV at his home in Grimsby at 4am, when he heard loud banging at his front door as if someone was trying to get in.

He was frightened and swore at them but heard the noise of glass smashing from an upstairs bedroom and went to investigate.

Page was at the bedroom window and shouted: “I’m going to get in there and stab you, you muppet.”

The occupant picked up a metal bar, which he had in the house to protect himself, and decided to barricade himself in.

“He leaned his body weight on the door to prevent anyone getting in,” said Miss Zafar.

The man heard Page climbing in through the upstairs window and heard further noise from Faulder.

I’ve heard Faulder say “I’m in.”

A Manchester City bag containing £170 birthday money and a large amount of loose change was stolen from the occupier’s son’s bedroom.

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One of the raiders tried to break into the living room through the front door but the householder managed to keep the door closed.

A knife from the man’s kitchen was found stuck in the door of the living room.

“That had been placed there by one of the males while the incident was ongoing,” said Miss Zafar.

“There was blood on that knife.”

Police arrived at 4.25am and found a getaway Hyundai rental vehicle in Second Avenue.



A vulnerable throat cancer victim who had suffered a stroke was left terrified and in fear of his life after a violent gang of three men tried to force their way into his home. Pictured is Ayden Faulder

A man with a rucksack ran off, dropping the rucksack, and a second man refused to stop.

The Manchester City bag containing cash was found in the rucksack as well as a blood-stained Armani jacket with pieces of broken glass and cannabis in it.

Faulder was found hiding in a front garden on Sutcliffe Avenue. He was topless and had to be Tasered during a struggle.

Page was also stopped. He had cuts to a hand and face injuries. Blood from the Armani jacket matched Page.

Trainers from Page and Faulder matched footprints found in the house and fingerprints were also found, including for both of them in the Hyundai.

Page had no previous convictions but Faulder had many convictions, including for robbery in 2014 and burglary in 2012.

A third man, Dylan Gregersen, 22, of Lincoln Boulevard, Grimsby, who denied aggravated burglary, had the case against him dropped and a not guilty verdict was entered.

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Dale Brook, mitigating, said that it was a very serious offense but Page had a very difficult upbringing.



A vulnerable throat cancer victim who had suffered a stroke was left terrified and in fear of his life after a violent gang of three men tried to force their way into his home.Pictured is Aaron Page
A vulnerable throat cancer victim who had suffered a stroke was left terrified and in fear of his life after a violent gang of three men tried to force their way into his home.Pictured is Aaron Page

“He has had a long history of problems,” said Mr Brook.

“They profoundly affected his schooling. He is not a sophisticated or well-established criminal by any stretch of the imagination.

“He left his blood and DNA in every conceivable location – the car, the bag, the house.

“He has found prison, and will find prison, a very difficult experience. He is vulnerable and suggestible.”

Page had two daughters aged five and three.

Michael Forrest, representing Faulder, said that the offense was “shameful and deeply unpleasant”.

Faulder had an unenviable criminal record after showing “juvenile stupidity and a lack of consideration for others” and had previously been jailed.



A vulnerable throat cancer victim who had suffered a stroke was left terrified and in fear of his life after a violent gang of three men tried to force their way into his home.  Pictured is Ayden Faulder
A vulnerable throat cancer victim who had suffered a stroke was left terrified and in fear of his life after a violent gang of three men tried to force their way into his home. Pictured is Ayden Faulder

“He is sick of being in custody and finding himself back in prison,” said Mr Forrest.

“It’s not an environment he wants to be in. He wants to prevent himself from repeating the same mistakes he has made previously.

“He has been on a carousel back and forth to prison. He expresses remorse for the unpleasantness of the burglary.

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“He is ashamed for his involvement.”

Faulder had a three-year-old son and was a qualified Stevedore who wanted to work on a deep sea trawler.

Judge John Thackray QC said that the victim, in his 50s, was suffering from throat cancer and a stroke at the time of the raid but had died on February 20.

“It’s clear that you were not responsible for his death but I can’t ignore the fact that the latter months of his life were undoubtedly blighted by your attack upon his home in the early hours,” said Judge Thackray.

“He was entitled to feel safe and secure but, without any notice whatsoever, he was suddenly faced with the terrifying prospect of a number of unknown males, almost certainly three, trying to enter his home by force.

“That’s everyone’s worst nightmare and he was undoubtedly terrified. He feared for his life.

“He became upset just thinking about what happened. You would not have known that he had been robbed in the street only weeks previously and so was particularly anxious.

“Your victim had to barricade himself into his front room, hoping that assistance would come.”

Both men were jailed for six years and nine months.

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