Fugitive jailed for 15 years

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A woman was battered and left with permanent eye injuries during a terrifying robbery at her home by a prisoner who had absconded from Kirkham prison hours earlier.

The former police worker, who is too afraid to be identified, was kicked and punched leaving her blood smeared on the walls of her home in Old Trafford, Manchester.

HMP Kirkham

HMP Kirkham

She was only rescued when she managed to scream for help from a bathroom window – but has been left so traumatised she is now unable to leave the house.

Valuables and cash worth £15,000 plus two cars were taken during the brutal daytime raid.

Sean Berger, 30, of Great Stone Road, Old Trafford, has been jailed for 15 years for the attack plus other offences – but three other men remain at large.

Berger, a convicted robber, had absconded from low security Kirkham Prison just 24 hours before.

His victim, a 46-year-old mum, said: “During the attack, I thought I was going to die and never see my children again.”

She was upstairs when she heard a loud bang and then found three men on the stairs of her home, two carrying knives taken from the kitchen.

She tried to lock herself in the bedroom but Berger pushed her on to the bed, shouting and slapping her in the face while the two other men ransacked the room.

When the woman tried to escape he slammed her head against the wall before punching and kicking her on the floor.

Eventually, she managed to lock herself in the bathroom – where passersby heard her terrified screams for help and called police.

The two unidentified men fled the scene in a getaway car driven by a fourth man, while Berger ran from the back of the house.

Berger went on to commit two other burglaries that afternoon – but he was caught after leaving DNA at each scene.

Berger was sentenced at Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, after pleading guilty to absconding from prison, robbery, burglary and attempted burglary.

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