Three thugs were jailed yesterday for breaking into a man's home and beating him unconscious.

Troy Burgess, Detre Ford and Clarke Fox set upon Jahdean Gibbons, 28, as he was pinned to the ground.

The trio barged into his house in Pembroke at 1.30pm on June 17.

Fox hit the Mr. Gibbons with a bottle, knocking him to the floor.

Burgess, 21, then jumped on the victim and demanded money and jewellery.

Fox, 18, and Ford, 16, searched the property for cash then kicked and punched Mr. Gibbons when they could not find anything. Mr. Gibbons then told his attackers where he kept his money.

They raided his property and stole $5,000 in cash and $9,000 worth of jewellery and other possessions.

As the trio left, Burgess put Mr. Gibbons' earring in his own ear and Fox smacked the victim with the bottle again.

Mr. Gibbons needed five staples to a wound in the back of his head and nine stitches in his forehead.

At the Supreme Court yesterday, all three men were jailed for five years.

Speaking directly to the defendants, Puisne Judge Carlisle Greaves said: "Whenever I see young people like you it burns me to the soul. Where do you get the right to do things like this? Have you no pride? Have you no shame?

"Our forefathers paid such a horrendous price so that you could be free in this promised land.

"You have no right to destroy your fellow man and your forefathers.

"You make me vex. I hope I never see you again."

Burgess of Princess Street, Pembroke; Ford, of Cashew City Road, St George's, and Fox of Happy Valley Lane, Pembroke, all said they were sorry.

They admitted burglary and unlawful wounding.