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21 November 2018, 16:14 | Updated: 21 November 2018, 16:18
Three men from London have been jailed for a violent break in at a house in Bristol.
Abdul Mohamed, Ronaldo Simmonds and Maxwell Silwano admitted attempted robbery at Bristol Crown Court.
The trio, armed with a crowbar and machete, knocked on a man’s door in Thicket Road in Fishponds and forced their way into the property when the door was opened.
The men searched the house and demanded money but couldn’t find any, so they took cannabis plants instead.
A passer-by heard the victim pleading with his attackers after they made repeated threats to kill him and they called the police.
Officers arrived and the men ran out of the back of the house into a car, which crashed while they were trying to escape.
Mohamed was arrested from the vehicle, the other two men escaped but Simmonds was identified from CCTV by Metropolitan Police Officers and Silwano, was linked forensically to the getaway vehicle when his DNA was found on a half-eaten baguette.
Both were later identified by the victim mobile phone analysis showed all three defendants had travelled together from London on the day of the incident, in the car which crashed at the scene.
Simmonds was sentenced to two years and six months and Silwano was sentenced to four years.
Mohamed was sentenced to three years and 10 months in prison back in December last year.
The victim was also separately convicted of producing cannabis and abstracting electricity.
He received a 32 week custodial sentence, suspended for 12 months and was ordered to pay £10,017 compensation.
Detective Dan Godfrey said: “These convictions are the result of a determined investigation and shows how we will work closely with our colleagues across the country to protect our communities and bring offenders to justice.”