Ashley Cole tormentor who smashed into footballer's home and threatened to cut off fingers jailed for 30 years

Kurtis Dilks, who was part of a four-strong gang which smashed into the home of former England footballer Ashley Cole, has been jailed for 30 years

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Dilks was jailed at Nottingham Crown Court for 30 years, with a five-year extended licence period.

Judge James Sampson told Dilks: “The psychological impact on Mr Cole and Ms Canu, as with all of your victims, cannot be overstated.”

The judge told the court the attack on the footballer’s home was “extremely terrifying” and described the gang as “intelligent, violent and chillingly ruthless men”.

Kurtis Dilks and Ashley Cole
Kurtis Dilks and Ashley Cole

He also praised the “courage and resilience” of Cole and his partner Sharon Canu, as well as all the other victims of the gang.

Dilks’ trial heard Cole had told police he thought “now I am going to die” as he recalled how the masked raiders tied his hands behind his back despite him holding his young daughter.

Dilks was the only one of the gang responsible for the robbery to be caught after his DNA was recovered on the cable ties used to restrain Cole and Ms Canu.

He was convicted alongside five others for their roles in a string of what prosecutors said were “ruthlessly executed” robberies and burglaries between October 2018 and January 2020.