A mum was left with a fractured jaw after she grabbed the testicles of an armed robber who broke into her home at 2am.
Wendy Reynolds was commended by a judge for her bravery when faced with armed intruder Dale Bailey, 25, and his 17-year-old accomplice.
Bailey was left wincing in agony after she grabbed his privates while he searched her home for valuables on 19 October last year.
The robber, who was armed with a machete, called out: ''Help, help, don't go without me,'' before his teenage accomplice began to beat Ms Reynolds around the head until she let go.
The two men took her Louis Vuitton handbag, a mobile phone and an iPad.
Ms Reynolds was left with three fractures to her eye socket and one to her jaw. She also had to have stitches for a cut on her hand after being hit with the 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 duvet but one of the men started to look for the machete and I heard one of them say: 'we're not leaving here without it'.
''I then grabbed one of the men by his testicles and held on tight to prevent him leaving the flat or getting the machete. We were on the floor and I was grabbing his leg to stop 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 male came in the bedroom and he punched and kicked me and due to the pain I had to let go of the man's testicles.''
She added: ''I was traumatised and this will stay with me for the rest of my life. I feared for my daughter's safety and that's why I put up such a fight, I did not want her to get hurt. ''
The masked robbers appeared at Bolton Crown Court where they admitted aggravated burglary.
Bailey, from Leigh in Greater Manchester, was jailed for eight years.
The teenager, from Eccles who can't be named, was locked up for four and a half years.
Sentencing Judge Tom Gilbart said: ''It should be observed Mrs Reynolds acted with extraordinary bravery in trying to deal with two armed intruders who thought they were entitled to help themselves to the contents of her flat.
"This was a disgraceful incident and you should be appalled at what you did.''
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