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UberEats driver held hostage, attacked with knives and stripped naked over £20
February 7, 2021
Two sick men held an UberEats driver hostage at one of their houses for 12 hours, where they carried out a drug-fuelled attack, making the victim strip naked and hitting him with a hammer.
Mark Hart, 28, and Mark Raymond, 50, had befriended the delivery driver when he was out cycling in Trafford, Manchester, before they then convinced him to and hang out and smoke some cannabis at Raymond's home, reports Manchester Evening News.
The terrified victim, who remains unnamed, thought he was going to die during the brutal attack, which saw him stripped naked, tied up, slashed with knives and taped up around his ears, eyes and mouth.
Mishull Street Crown Court heard that it was all for the sake of £20, which the victim did not have on him.
After what started out as an of smoking and listening to music, Mark Hart turned on the victim, demanding £20 whilst holding a bullet and realistic-looking toy gun to his face.
He then took a knife, Raymond took a hammer, and both attacked him.
Prosecutor Justin Hayhoe said: "Hart held the knife close to his face, Raymond picked up the hammer, and they demanded £20 from him.
“He said he was attacked with the knife and hammer before they tried him up. He described pleading to be released, but this was ignored.
“He described Hart to strike the majority of the blows, with Raymond standing by watching.
In numerous voicemails to Hart’s ex-girlfriend, Hart could be heard threatening the man, stating: “I’ll stab you to death if you don’t get my £20”, “answer the question you f***ing black c***” and “shut the f*** up unless you get my money”.
The terrified man was repeatedly hit with the hammer and slashed with the knife before they stole his debit card and forced him upstairs to hide in a cupboard – binding his hands with a metal tie.
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They also forced him to call his mum to get her to transfer the money over but as they started speaking in Swahili, the call was disconnected.
The frightening ordeal eventually came to an end when Hart called his ex-partner once again, asking her how to set up an iPhone – the one he had taken from the man. She then called the police.
Raymond had shut the man in a cupboard and was attempting to clean up the scene while Hart had ridden the man’s bike to go and withdraw the cash as the police arrived.
The victim told officers: “You have saved my life”.
Hart, of no fixed abode, was jailed for eight years and nine months for the offences of robbery, false imprisonment, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon.
Raymond, of Bowness Road, was jailed for eight years for robbery, false imprisonment and supplying class B drugs.