Terrified mum dived from first floor window to escape armed raiders - burglars convicted again

Kelly Marie Johnson and Nuno Alexandre Ferreira Da Costa who were subjected to a robbery in there home in Normanton which resulted in Kelly breaking her back as she leapt from a first floor window.
Kelly Marie Johnson and Nuno Alexandre Ferreira Da Costa who were subjected to a robbery in there home in Normanton which resulted in Kelly breaking her back as she leapt from a first floor window.

Armed raiders who terrified a young mum into diving out of a first-floor window to escape have been convicted again.

Kelly Marie Johnson, 20, broke her back after jumping out of her flat window to flee from intruders armed with a metal bar and baseball bat.

Glen Hall

Glen Hall

Burglars Mark Geoffrey Carter and Glen Hall, were re-tried this week following a legal error.

They forced their way into a flat at Park Green, Normanton, in July 2011. After locking the door and demanding cash, they attacked Miss Johnson’s partner Nuno Alexandre Ferreira Da Costa, 38.

Leeds Crown Court heard how Hall stopped Miss Johnson from calling the police and started slapping her around the head. Miss Johnson could hear her children, then aged two and three, crying and locked them in their bedroom to keep them safe.

She told the Express last year: “I had to do something. There was nothing else I could do. I couldn’t get out downstairs. I didn’t think about how far down it was – it was the only way I could get help.”

Mark Carter

Mark Carter

She was rushed to hospital where doctors told her she had broken and fractured her spine in several places.

Miss Johnson now has to wear a back brace.

Carter and Hall stole a large sum of cash and fled after being chased from the house by Mr Da Costa, who hadn’t realised Miss Johnson had jumped from the window.

After the original trial in February 2012, Carter, 46, then of Montague Street, Agbrigg, and Hall, 44, then of Bryan Close, Castleford were convicted of aggravated burglary and inflicting grievous bodily harm. They were sentenced to 11 years and 10 years respectively.

But the original trial judge made a legal error and their convictions were quashed and a retrial ordered.

Carter and Hall denied the charges, claiming they were the victims of an attack.

But the retrial concluded on Wednesday with the same guilty verdicts.

Judge Geoffrey Marson QC said: “As a result of what took place Miss Johnson was so frightened and she felt compelled to try to escape, and did so by jumping out of a first-floor window, falling to the ground seriously injuring her back.”

Judge Marson said a court ruling meant they were entitled to a slight cut in their original sentences because the retrial was not of their making.

Carter was jailed for 10 years and Hall for nine years.

After the case Judge Marson commended the “exceptional commitment” shown by Det Con Barry Aveyard through the protracted legal process. He was “ably assisted” by Det Con Mark Jones and case builder Donna Hill, said prosecutor Andrew Stranex.

Afterwards Det Con Aveyard said: “I would like to thank all the prosecution witnesses for re-attending and making sure that justice was done.”