A 20-year-old man has been jailed for six years after he robbed another man of just £20, stole his mobile phone, assaulted him and threatened him with an axe.
Meluleki Mpofu, also known as ‘EMZ’, who is from Somalia was sent to prison following the incident at a property on Cave Street in Hull on Saturday 26 May 2018.
In a string of events inside the house that afternoon, Mpofu had threatened the victim and demanded money from him before stealing his phone from his pocket.
Using an axe, Mpofu then threatened the man and squeezed his hands around his neck before forcing the victim to strip naked saying he would shave his head if he didn’t pay up.
The victim managed to escape the address and called the police. Our officers attended the house where Mpofu was arrested.
Following a trial at Hull Crown Court, as well as the prison sentence, Mpofu was given a four-year restraining order, been told to hand over a number of knives including the axe to be destroyed, and has been ordered to pay a £170 victim surcharge to support other victims of crime.
Detective Constable Kim Blackburn from Hull CID said:
“This was a very frightening experience for the victim in this case who was subjected to intimidation, threatened, and put through an extremely undignified ordeal all for the sake of a small amount of money and a phone.
“I feel the length of sentence imposed by the court is a fair reflection on Mpofu’s behaviour that day. Hopefully, his time in prison will make him realise that behaving in the way he did is unacceptable and can have a lasting effect on a victim.”