Robber stabbed cryptocurrency trader and stole his French Bulldog

Cryptocurrency trader, 21, bragged of his exotic holidays and shopping sprees on Instagram only to be burgled and stabbed as robber, 27, who stole his French bulldog is jailed for 13 years

  • Kieren Hamilton, 21, was attacked by masked robbers at home in Chadderton
  • Armed men stole his £1,000 dog, a laptop, gold bracelets and a wedding ring
  • Mr Hamilton was left with deep gash in elbow that was treated with 12 stitches
  • Corey Fricker, of Blackburn, Lancs, jailed for 13 years after he admitted robbery

A thug who stabbed a businessman and stole his French Bulldog after the cryptocurrency trader bragged of his extravagant lifestyle online has been jailed. 

Kieren Hamilton, 21, would post photos on Instagram as he enjoyed luxury holidays, nights out in swanky restaurants and shopping sprees in Selfridges. 

But on January 5, Mr Hamilton was attacked by two masked robbers armed with machetes who burst into his home in Chadderton, Greater Manchester at 6am.

The victim, a father-of-one whose baby daughter was at home and screaming in her cot, who was stabbed in the arm.

Kieren Hamilton (pictured) was targeted by armed robbers including Corey Flicker at his home in Chadderton, Greater Manchester, after bragging about his opulent lifestyle on social media

The dog, named Rambo, is still missing and is feared to have been sold on the black market

The robbers made off with his pet dog, worth an estimated £1,000, an Apple MacBook laptop, gold bracelets and a gold wedding ring.

Mr Hamilton was left with a deep gash in elbow that was treated with 12 stitches.

In a victim personal statement he said he felt ‘scared in his own home’ and was now considering moving to a different property.


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His girlfriend’s brother also suffered a stab wound during the assault but did not require hospital treatment. 

Corey Fricker, 27, of Blackburn, Lancs was jailed for 13 years after he admitted robbery and an unrelated offence of possessing drugs with intent to supply.

The dog, named Rambo, is still missing and is feared to have been sold on the black market.

The robbers made off with Mr Hamilton’s pet dog, worth an estimated £1,000, an Apple MacBook laptop, gold bracelets and a gold wedding ring 


Corey Fricker (left) was jailed for 13 years after he admitted robbery and an unrelated offence of possessing drugs with intent to supply (right, Kieren Hamilton poses on holiday)

Mr Hamilton was left with a deep gash in elbow that was treated with 12 stitches (pictured)

Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester heard how former call centre worker Mr Hamilton lived with his partner Jessica and their one-year-old daughter Esmae. 

Pictures on his social media showed him on sailing trips and in hot tub and showing off a Rolex watch, luxury Mercedes and a new set of teeth.

One post read: ‘I will forever remain humble for what I have achieved because I know I could have a lot less – I will also forever be grateful as I had less in the past.’

Another said: You know you’re getting old when you ditch going out spending money on designer and spend £500 on a coffee machine.’

Prosecutor Nicholas Clarke said: ‘His job involves selling courses for learning how to trade cryptic coins.

‘As part of this, he uses his Instagram account to post images of wealth such as expensive items and drinks.

Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester heard how former call centre worker Mr Hamilton lived with his partner Jessica and their one-year-old daughter Esmae

Pictures on his social media showed him on sailing trips and in hot tub and showing off a Rolex watch (pictured), luxury Mercedes and a new set of teeth

‘On 5 January of this year, he was at home with his brother-in-law. They went to bed at about 11pm and he was awoken by a noise from the guest room in the loft.

‘He thought it was the dog at first but he went upstairs and found this defendant and another man wearing balaclavas and holding machetes. 

‘A threat was made to go into Esmae’s room as they could not find any watches. He says “let’s see what your bird has to say”.

‘The baby had been woken and was crying. They were persuaded against going into her room and fortunately she did not see them. 

‘The defendant left a balaclava at the address and he was identified from DNA. The other defendant left a machete which meant he could also be identified.’

Fricker was arrested on June 7 this year whilst driving a stolen car. Police found him in possession of 10,000 grams of amphetamine worth around £90,000.

Fricker has 75 offences on his record including violence and robbery, gave no comment interviews when he was questioned by police.

In a victim personal statement Mr Hamilton said he felt ‘scared in his own home’ and was now considering moving to a different property

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