A mom was left with a fractured jaw after grabbing the testicles of an armed robber who broke into her home at 2 a.m.
Wendy Reynolds was praised by a judge for her bravery in the face of armed intruder Dale Bailey, 25, and his accomplice, 17.
Bailey was left in agony after grabbing her private parts as he searched her home for valuables on October 19 last year.
The thief, who was armed with a machete, shouted, “Help, help, don’t go without me,” before his teenage accomplice began punching Mrs. Reynolds in the head until she let go.
The two men took her Louis Vuitton handbag, a cell phone and an iPad.
Ms Reynolds ended up with three fractures to her eye socket and one to her jaw. She also had to have stitches for a cut in her hand after being hit with a machete.
In a statement to police, Ms Reynolds, who is in her 40s, said: “I ended up in the bedroom where I saw the machete on the bed. I tried to cover it with a quilt but a some men started looking for the machete and I heard one of them say, ‘we can’t leave here without it’.
“I then grabbed one of the men by the testicles and held him tight to prevent him from leaving the apartment or taking the machete. We were on the floor and I grabbed his leg to keep him from leaving.
He was screaming for the other man to come and help him and he shouted, ‘Help, help, don’t go without me. The other man came into the room and he punched and kicked me and because of the pain I had to let go of the man’s testicles. ”
She added: ‘I was traumatized and this will stay with me for the rest of my life. I feared for my daughter’s safety and that’s why I fought such a fight, I didn’t want her to get hurt. ”
The masked thieves appeared at Bolton Crown Court where they admitted to an aggravated burglary.
Bailey, from Leigh in Greater Manchester, was jailed for eight years.
The teenager, from Eccles who cannot be named, was locked up for four and a half years.
Judge Tom Gilbart said: “It should be noted that Ms Reynolds acted with extraordinary bravery in trying to deal with two armed intruders who believed they had a right to use the contents of her apartment.
“It was a shameful incident and you should be appalled at what you did.”