Men jailed after violent break-in

November 29 2018

THREE gang members have been jailed following a violent break-in at a house in Fishponds.

Abdul Mohamed, Ronaldo Simmonds and Maxwell Silwano, from London, were sentenced at Bristol Crown Court after all three pleaded guilty to attempted robbery.

Simmonds was sentenced to two years and six months and Silwano was given four years on Monday November 19.

Mohamed had already been sentenced to three years and 10 months on December 18 last year.

The incident place on July 8, 2017 on Thicket Road when the three men, armed with a crowbar and machete, knocked on a man’s door and forced their way into the property when it was opened.

The men searched the house and demanded money but couldn’t find any, so they took cannabis plants that they found.

Repeated threats were made to kill the victim and he was heard pleading with his attackers by a passer-by who 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 and 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.

The victim was also separately convicted of producing cannabis and abstracting electricity. He received a 32 week 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."