The victim suffered injuries to his head which had to be glued together
Amos Wilsher, 27, from Mansfield, will serve a minimum of 12 years along with five years on license after a hearing a Basildon Crown Court on Monday, 29 June.
The judge deemed him ‘dangerous’ and gave him three months, to run concurrently, for failing to surrender to police. Wilsher will also have to wear an electronic tag for 203 days after his release.
Wilsher and two others, who were wearing balaclavas and armed with weapons, broke into a property in Brentwood shortly before midnight on 12 May 2018.
They dragged the 75-year-old victim from his bed, along the floor and then hit his head with a police-style baton.
The man’s son was also indoors at the time and they were both taken to another room before being sprayed with cleaning fluid.
Both victims were threatened with being set on fire if they did not comply with the burglars.
Wilsher fled the scene with the men’s passports and only £20.
After the incident, police found CCTV footage showing Wilsher running away from the scene of the crime and also discovered his DNA on a bottle in the victim’s home.
The footage also captured him using his elbow to ring the door bell of a neighbouring property on the same day as the burglary.
A manhunt was conducted and the criminal was eventually arrested in Leicestershire.
“Wilsher is a dangerous individual who targeted an elderly man while he sat in his bed watching TV,” said Police Sergeant Frankie Cole.
“The elderly victim suffered injuries to his head, which had to be glued together and the ordeal has had an severe impact of both victims.
“There are two other suspects who are outstanding. I know some time has passed but we would urge people with information to call Brentwood CID on 101.”
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