A DISABLED man was “waterboarded” while being held at knifepoint by a callous gang who threatened to cut off his genitals during a raid on his home.
The gang of five men and one woman terrorised the 65-year-old man at his home in Birmingham, and hit him with a knife in a terrifying ordeal.
The victim, from West Heath, who has not been identified, suffered from a number of health issues including arthritis of the spine, heart disease and cancer and used a wheelchair and mobility scooter.
Amanda Griffiths, 44, who had previously admitted robbery, was jailed for seven and a half years.
She had been wearing the victim’s Birmingham City football jacket and was later seen on CCTV at a cash point wearing the same jacket.
The victim woke on January 5, this year, to find someone standing over his bed.
He was ordered to get up but when he said he couldn’t, he was dragged by his hair from his bed into the living room, where there were five other people including Griffiths.
'KNIFE HELD TO THROAT'
A knife was then held to his throat and was told to give them his bank card.
He said it was kept in a tin and the gang began searching for it.
Jacinta Stringer, prosecuting, told Birmingham Crown Court: "One of the males grabbed a towel that he put on the victim's face and then poured water on the towel. He described that it felt like he was drowning,"
The victim once again had a knife held to his throat and was made to reveal his pin number.
Two male members of the gang then set off to a cash point but returned 20 minutes later saying they had been given the wrong number.
The disabled man gave them the same number and two males then left again.
All the gang were wearing masks and the victim described Griffiths sitting on the sofa and had pulled down her mask at one point so she could eat some crisps.
The two men then returned with £240 and it was then suggested the victim could call his bank to make a £10,000 bank transfer, the Birmingham Mail reports.
During the call though Barclays Bank staff became suspicious something was wrong.
Griffiths had at one point grabbed the phone and asked to speak to a supervisor, Ms Stringer said.
The victim then pretended to take an overdose and the gang fled in panic after calling for an ambulance.
Ms Stringer told the court the terrifying raid had lasted several hours and the victim had been threatened with having his trousers pulled down and being stabbed in the genital area.
He had also been hit on the head a number of times with the knife as well as on his arm and back.
She said the gang had fled with an additional £300 along with three mobile phones and his mobility scooter.
'TRULY WICKED CRIME'
Recorder J Macadam described the raid as a "truly wicked crime."
He said: "He was identified by you as a candidate for robbery and the gang you were associating with.
"He was dragged into his living room, threatened and effectively tortured to gain access to his bank account.
"Tortured by what can only be described as waterboarding.
"This victim was targeted due to his vulnerability."
Defending Griffiths, Lee Egan said: "She was not one of those who engaged in the extremely unpleasant activities which formed part of the offence."
He said she was a drug user and had suffered poor mental health for a number of years.
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