A thieving duo who refused to pay for a taxi before barging into a woman's home wielding a knife and attacking her have been convicted.

The conviction follows two separate crimes in Milton Keynes on November 3 last year.

The pair took a taxi to Christian Court, Milton Keynes, where they ran away without paying the driver.


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46-year-old Paul Sellars then knocked on the door of a property in Portland Drive and asked the victim if she could use the phone.

Sellars then pushed his way into the house armed with a knife and wearing a balaclava. He attacked the woman, causing injuries to her head, hand and leg.

Sellars' accomplice, 42-year-old Nicola Kepple, took a small quantity of cash and ran away, followed by Sellars.

The pair were both convicted on Tuesday (October 27) at Aylesbury Crown Court.

Nicola Kepple, aged 42, of Malletts Close, Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes was found guilty by a unanimous jury verdict of one count of aggravated burglary and one count of making off without payment.

Paul Sellars, aged 46, Malletts Close, Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated burglary, one count of making off without payment and one count of assault.

Kepple and Sellars are due to be sentenced on December 2020 at Aylesbury Crown Court.

Investigation officer Detective Constable Hollie Cromarty, based at Milton Keynes police station, said: “I am pleased that we have been able to bring a sense of justice to the victim in what was understandably a distressing situation.

“Thames Valley Police thoroughly investigates burglaries and brings offenders to justice. I hope this sends a message for other criminals that you will be investigated and brought before the courts for justice to be served.”