Family's terror at hands of gunmen
PUBLISHED: 15:18 08 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:30 26 October 2009
AN actor s family were terrorised in their own home by a gun-wielding teenage gang. Joe Cuby, who appeared in TV cult series The Prisoner in the 1960s, was out when the six teenagers struck at his six-bedroom home. They threatened his wife Brenda as the
AN actor's family were terrorised in their own home by a gun-wielding teenage gang.
Joe Cuby, who appeared in TV cult series The Prisoner in the 1960s, was out when the six teenagers struck at his six-bedroom home.
They threatened his wife Brenda as they ransacked the home in The Vineyards, between Cuffley and Northaw, looking for his safe.
The family were only saved when quick-thinking son Joshua dialled 999 after hearing the gang downstairs.
St Albans Crown Court heard that 14-year-old Joshua hid his younger brother in a wardrobe before making a "chilling" call for to the emergency services.
The gang had tricked their way into the home, before forcing Mrs Cuby, 36, and her seven-year-old daughter Gabby into a bedroom.
A pillow was put over the mother's face and the silver gun was cocked at her as they demanded the safe.
The unidentified gunman told her: "I'm not going to hurt you, but I will if you don't stop screaming.
"Be quiet or I will kill you."
The gang finally found the safe under the stairs, but were demanding to know where the keys were.
Joshua and brother Sam had by now joined their mother and sister in the bedroom, where Sam suffered an asthma attack.
Mrs Cuby asked them: "How dare you put my sons through this."
Joshua then had the gun pointed at him.
He said: "He has got a gun, he's going to kill us."
As the police arrived they chased and arrested three defendants Jake McLean, 18, Dario Wokorach, 17, and Tristan Harriette, 18.
A fourth defendant Courtney Mitchell, 17, drove off with Chloe Doltis, 18, and Dalton Lawal, 18, in a green Jaguar, chased by police.
They drove recklessly, overtaking cars before crashing in Potters Bar High Street.
Doltis and Harriette were found guilty after a trial, the other four pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated burglary.