A convicted killer whose own sisters helped put him back behind bars was viciously attacked in prison.
Jason Gilmartin ferried a masked gang to and from an armed raid on a successful businessman's family home in West Derby.
They manhandled the owner's daughter, threatened her at knifepoint and stole her sapphire ring and Cartier watch.
They also threatened to stab her dogs, before escaping with an £80,000 haul, including luxury watches and £25,000 in cash.
Getaway driver Gilmartin, 47, was found guilty of aggravated burglary after a trial, which saw two of his sisters give evidence against him.
Mary Sheila Au said her brother confessed that he had "done a job", while Christine Lau recalled Gilmartin said he needed to "lie low".
They did so 18 years after he killed his older brother Colin Duffy, 37, by stabbing him through the heart during a drunken argument.
The burglary, described by prosecutors as a "home invasion",happened at a property in Eaton Road, at around 1pm, on August 30, 2018.
Gilmartin first stood trial in March last year, but jurors were unable to reach a verdict, and he was set to face a retrial in September.
But that had to be adjourned because Gilmartin, of no fixed address, was set upon by another inmate at HMP Liverpool.
Desmond Lennon, defending, said: "The defendant was subject to a vicious attack while being held on remand in custody – suffering fractures to the skull and bleeds on the brain – offences of a significant nature that impacted upon him."
Gilmartin eventually stood trial again in March, when a jury at Liverpool Crown Court convicted him of the raid.
CCTV cameras showed the ruthless gang climb over a garage, creep across a garden and enter the house through open patio doors.
Three men, armed with a crowbar and knives, confronted the female victim, who asked: "Who are you?"
She was alone and tried to hide in the living room, but was dragged out by the hair and told: "Come out or we'll stab your dogs."
The thugs tried to bundle her into a cupboard under the stairs, but it was full, so one stood guard over her, while holding a blade to her face.
Two men demanded to know where they could find jewellery, cash and a safe, then headed to her brother's bedroom.
Kenneth Grant, prosecuting, said they took his collection of four Breitling watches valued at £34,000, keys to an Audi, and the cash.
The men have never been caught and the items never recovered, but detectives quickly identified their getaway car, a white Seat Ibiza.
It belonged to and was driven by bungling Gilmartin, who had earlier been stopped by police in the area, while on a "reconnaissance mission".
Officers found the Seat outside his home in Morecambe Street, Anfield, with a crowbar, gloves and a Jack Wolfskin cap – identical to a hat worn by one of the intruders – inside the vehicle.
Gilmartin fled to Birmingham that night, where he met his sisters and told them about the robbery, but was arrested when he returned home.
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The victim told the court she still vividly remembered the gang storming her home and was "terrified" they would kill her dogs.
In a harrowing statement, she said her arm was bruised from being grabbed and she lost a chunk of hair where it was pulled.
Mr Grant said: "Her overriding concern was not to let her parents find her in a pool of blood on the floor."
The woman said her parents bought her the ring to celebrate overcoming a serious illness and the watch was a graduation present.
She said: "The knife to my face was horrendous but I focused on distracting my assailant as much as possible."
The victim's ordeal was over in minutes but it "felt like a lifetime" and she began to feel seriously ill.
She was taken to hospital and given an electrocardiogram for a suspected heart attack and spent five hours in an emergency room.
The woman's traumatised family – builders by trade – have now decided to leave their family home of 20 years.
She said her wedding plans were put on hold as she couldn't focus on dresses and flowers when reliving her horrific ordeal.
The victim added: "The incident has destroyed our home lives irreparably."
Gilmartin has 31 convictions for 89 offences, dating back to when he was a boy, including burglaries, assaults and drug dealing.
In the early hours of November 6, 2002, he killed his brother at Gaywood Green Heights, where they both lived, in Broad Lane, Kirkby.
The pair scuffled, before Gilmartin armed himself with a kitchen knife and stabbed Mr Duffy four times, in front of his girlfriend.
The victim, who was knifed with an eight-inch blade, staggered to the front door of his mum Vera Duffy's flat, where she found him.
Then 31-year-old Gilmartin rang 999 and confessed he was responsible.
He denied murder but midway through a May 2003 trial admitted manslaughter, on the grounds he had been provoked.
Jailing him for five years, High Court judge Mr Justice Fulford said: "You have caused irreparable damage and suffering to your family."
In the last 10 years he has only committed two other crimes, an affray in 2013 and failing to surrender to bail.
Mr Lennon said his client "maintains that he is innocent" and played no part in the crime.
However, he said on the basis of his conviction Gilmartin didn't enter the house and suggested he played a "subordinate" role, as he didn't take part in the violence or have any control over those who did.
The lawyer said the manslaughter was "a tragic offence" which "has left him with intense feelings of guilt and desolation over many years".
Mr Lennon said Gilmartin had "a terrible childhood and upbringing", and while he had support from some family members, others remained hostile to him, and the person closest to him, his mum, died last year.
Judge Thomas Teague, QC, said it was a "shocking" burglary and it appeared the gang knew where to find the safe.
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He said: "This was I'm quite certain a carefully planned and audaciously executed armed raid."
Judge Teague told Gilmartin: "You were not one of those who actually entered the house, but your role was crucial to the success of the enterprise, because you provided and drove the getaway car."
The judge said it was no surprise the incident had a "profound and long lasting effect" on the victim and her family.
He jailed Gilmartin for 13 years, of which he must serve two thirds – eight years and eight months – behind bars.