Terror in Rowcroft Close: GUILTY VERDICT

Police now hunting Maxwell Michael Wilson, 24, who has been sentenced in his absence to 14 years in prison.

Maxwell Michael Wilson, 24, has this afternoon been found guilty of aggravated burglary and trespassing with a firearm.

The jury returned the verdict in his absence at Exeter Crown Court.

Wilson was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

This follows an incident in Rowcroft Close, Honiton, last year when two men, both wearing balaclavas, broke into a house in possession of masking tape and two handguns, and threatened the occupants.

DS Jim Tarr said: “This has been an extremely traumatic experience for the victims, the Taylor family. The brave actions of the son of the house undoubtedly led to bringing the offender to justice.

“The family are however a little disappointed as the defendant Max Wilson escaped lawful custody in Taunton in February 2012, and therefore justice has not been seen to be done.”

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Police are making a fresh appeal in the light of Wilson’s conviction in the hope that the public can assist the police in locating him.

He is described as being, a white man, 5’11” in height, average build, blue eyes with dark brown short hair, clean shaven, with a soft West Country accent.

Police would like to hear from anyone who has information as to the current whereabouts of Maxwell Wilson.

He is regarded as violent and members of the public are urged not to approach him, but if he is sighted contact the police immediately on 999 quoting police reference KH/11/22.

The Midweek Herald has been present at Exeter Crown Court throughout the trial. Updates to follow.

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