Jail For Robbers Of Homeless Manchester Man

Two thugs who robbed a homeless man of everything he owned, leaving him ‘naked and humiliated’ in the street, have been jailed.

Aaron Kenworthy, 29, and Chris Moyo, 42, came across the man as he slept in a tent in Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester city centre, according to a report in The Metro. They dragged the tent along the floor and demanded the victim hand over his possessions, a court heard. Kenworthy sat on the victim as Moyo took off the man’s trousers and trainers, leaving him half-naked.

The men then robbed everything inside the tent including a bank card, a North Face jacket, and his mobile phone, which contained pictures of his children. The victim was left with nothing but the t-shirt on his back as he desperately walked the streets trying to get help. Following a trial earlier this year, Kenworthy and Moyo were found guilty of robbery. Neil Fryman, prosecuting, said the attack happened at around 1am on May 16 this year.

He said: “He was woken up and noticed his tent getting dragged and he heard two voices in a Mancunian accent shouting: ‘Gimme your money, gimme your phone.’ Then they stabbed the tent, making a hole in it. He was in his sleeping bag trying to get out of it and hanging half out of his tent when Moyo jumped at the complainant’s head. With Moyo was another male, whom the complainant didn’t see, but recognised that other male’s voice. After the two defendants dragged the complainant from his tent, Moyo pulled the complainant’s sleeping bag from him and took off the complainant’s trousers and trainers. Kenworthy was sitting on the victim’s saying: ‘I’ll cut your ear off.’

The court heard the victim grabbed the knife, which was in Kenworthy’s hand. As he grabbed it, it cut his ear. Meanwhile, Moyo was punching the man in his head and ribs. Mr Fryman said: “About 30 seconds later, the complainant escaped and made his way to the phone box by Primark in Piccadilly Gardens where he dialled 999.” In a statement read to the court, the victim said the incident left him feeling ‘violated’. Mr Fryman said: “He felt in shock and was freezing cold where his home had been stolen, leaving him with no roof over his head and fearful for his safety.”

Sentencing the pair, Judge Patrick Field QC said: “That tent contained all that he had in the world. You two targeted him and attacked him in a mean and brutal way. You left him naked and humiliated, running around the streets of Manchester. Items of high value and personal sentiment were taken – even the smallest things matter greatly and I am sure they mattered greatly to him.”

Kenworthy, of no fixed address, was jailed for six years and six months. Moyo, of Hillside Avenue, Oldham, was jailed for six years.