Thursday, 3 Dec 2020

Knifeman scared off by neighbour who was wearing only a towel

A man wearing just a towel scared off a thug who had threatened his friend with a knife and tried to get into his neighbour’s apartment. 

Adbiwahid Aden was jailed for using a knife to get his victim to show him where a man named Jacko lived to demand money. Jacko’s neighbour, who does not want to be named, heard the commotion while he was still in the bath, came out wrapped in only a towel and made Aden leave. 

Aden travelled from London to Hull and brandished a knife at two men demanding to know where Jacko lived. 

The criminal dragged one of the men into an elevator and banged on Jacko’s door. The victim tapped lightly on Jacko’s neighbour’s door who got out of his bath and came into the hallway to see Aden ‘battering’ Jacko’s door. 

The neighbour said: ‘I could hear the tapping on the door, it was just light enough so I could hear but he [Aden] couldn’t.

‘He was battering the door of Jacko’s flat so I jumped out the bath and went out in just a towel.’

‘We were face-to-face. I told him to go back.

‘He had taken my mates in the lift at knifepoint. I told him he wouldn’t get the money. He left soon after.

‘People like that nowadays are just plastic gangsters. I’m 44 and grew up in an area of Leeds where there were drive-by shootings so I wasn’t scared.

‘He was bigger than me and I was just stood there with my towel wrapped around me but I wasn’t backing down.’ 

Aden left, changed his clothes and was spotted slashing all four tyres of a Renault Megane.

When the police arrived the neighbour could still see Aden and pointed him out so he could be arrested and interviewed. 

Aden pleaded guilty on the day of trial and was last week handed a prison sentence of 18 months and one week for possession of a bladed article, common assault, criminal damage and failure to surrender.

Recorder Simon Kealey told Hull Crown Court Aden had used ‘significant planning’ in his crimes as he had travelled from London to Hull to carry them out.

The neighbour said: ‘I was ready to give evidence at the trial and then he pleaded guilty.

‘It’s a pretty poor sentence for what he did. I think he should have got longer.’

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