Two men, who stabbed another man in his own home, have been jailed for more than 23-years after they were found guilty of aggravated burglary.

Southend Crown Court heard how 33-year-old James Ritchie and 39-year-old William Nolan went to the home of their victim – a multi-occupancy house in York Road, Southend – on January 15 last year.

When the 27-year-old man walked through the door he found two men, Ritchie and Nolan, inside.

They demanded the victim hand over money before punching him. During the struggle the victim was also stabbed in the leg.

He also suffered bruising and scratching to his arms, legs, back, head, hands as well as a cut nose and swollen eye.

The victim’s room was ransacked and £125 and a mobile phone were stolen.

Ritchie of Hastings Road, Southend and Nolan of Jones Close, Southend were both found guilty of aggravated burglary.

Ritchie was jailed for 12-years and Nolan was jailed for 11 years and 260 days.

Following the sentencing investigating officer Det Con Andy Copley said: “This was a particularly nasty incident involving a sustained attack on the victim who was not only violently assaulted, but was also stabbed in the leg.

“The length of their sentences reflects the severity of this incident and the seriousness with which Essex Police and our criminal justice partners treat such violent offences.

“We will continue to robustly target those committing such crimes and putting them behind bars where they belong.”

Nolan was jailed today, Tuesday January 23, and Ritchie was jailed last Friday, January 19.