A MAN said he feared he would be killed during a terrifying raid at his city centre flat.
The victim, who suffered a knife wound to his hand, has been so traumatised by the attack he has been unable to return to his home.
His friend, who was also at the flat, was so scared he jumped out of a window to escape the attackers.
Former soldier Ronald Paul Mellor, 36, of Roots Lane, Catforth, has been jailed for 54 months after pleading guilty to burglary inflicting GBH in a horror raid with an accomplice, who has not been identified.
As Mellor pushed his way past the homeowner in the hallway, he ripped a safety gate off the wall, and punched the man in the face.
He picked up a knife but fearing he was going to be stabbed the homeowner grabbed hold of the blade, which snapped in the palm of his hand, causing a large cut.
Mellor told the man to drop the knife, assuring him he was not going to stab him, but when the man tried to escape, Mellor pushed him into a bedroom and tried to hit him with a speaker.
Mark Stephenson, defending, said Mellor had been drinking for three days and taking cocaine when he committed the offence.