Luton man jailed after stabbing and attacking man and his dog with a hammer during burglary

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Ryan Gibson, from Luton, and Ciaran Lambert have been put behind bars for 20 years

A Luton man has been put behind bars after a man and his dog were left with life-threatening injuries during a violent burglary.

Ryan Gibson, from Luton, and Ciaran Lambert stabbed and attacked the man and his pet with a hammer during the burglary in Flitwick in May 2019

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Despite life-threatening chest wounds, the victim was able to provide Bedfordshire Police with the names of his attackers – and mentioned he believed the attack related to a small debt.

L: Ryan Gibson and R, Ciaran LambertL: Ryan Gibson and R, Ciaran Lambert
L: Ryan Gibson and R, Ciaran Lambert

Neighbours were alerted by the sound of glass smashing, followed by screams and shouts during the incident, which took place at around 5.45am in May 2019. They found the victim badly injured at the bottom of the stairs to his flat.

But the injured man was more concerned for his dog, who had also been attacked, than his own condition.

The neighbours were also able to provide details of the car used by the attackers – and later that morning police identified it in Farley Hill, Luton.

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Armed officers entered the property and arrested Gibson and Lambert.

A search of the home turned up bags of cannabis, as well as a balaclava similar to one the victim had said one of his attackers had been wearing.

Luckily, both the victim and his dog survived after emergency treatment.

During a two-week trial in May, the jury heard one of the offenders filmed themselves callously bragging about the attack. They had also stolen items from the victim’s home.

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On Monday, August 8, at Luton Crown Court, Gibson, 31, of Farley Hill, Luton, was sentenced to 11 years for aggravated burglary, with an extended licence of three years on release. He will also serve a concurrent sentence of nine years for GBH with intent.

Lambert, 24, of Pleasant Place, Islington, was sentenced to eight years for aggravated burglary, to run concurrent with a six year sentence for GBH with intent.

DC Rebecca Crowley, who led the investigation, said: “The neighbours’ swift action in calling the ambulance ultimately saved the life of the victim and his dog.

“I am glad that two very violent men are now off the streets and they’re unable to hurt anyone else.”