Robber held knife to throat of grandma (78)

Mthulisi Nkobi
Mthulisi Nkobi
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A violent robber broke into a family home cutting a 78-year-old grandmother with a knife and breaking a 49-year-old mum’s wrist in a terrifying 45- minute raid.

Mthulisi Nkobi (21) smashed his way into the New England house on May 1 before assaulting the two women with a kitchen knife and hammer. The victims are still recovering from the attack.

On Tuesday Nkobi, of Hartwell Way, Westwood, was jailed for 10 years at Peterborough Crown Court, with an extended licence spell of four years after admitting two counts of robbery.

Craig McDougall, prosecuting, said Nkobi had knocked on the family’s door the night before, when he was accompanied by another woman, but had then left.

Mr McDougall said: “The resident and her mother had been shopping on May 1. They got back at 3pm, and the resident went upstairs. The defendant then came out holding a knife, and put it against the grandmother’s throat. He said ‘don’t scream or I will slit your throat.”

Thegrandmother screamed, and when the mum came downstairs Nkobi then told them to give him money, or he would slit the grandmother’s throat.

He then pushed them into the kitchen, and repeatedly attacked both women, cutting the grandmother’s hand with the knife and kicking her to the floor, breaking her arm.

The mum was hit with a hammer, breaking her wrist.

Nkobi was given £900. However, the mum’s teenage soncame home from school, and when Nkobi opened the door he fled, and called police.

Judge Sean Enright, sentencing, said the extended sentence was needed to ensure the public felt safe in their own homes.

He added: “I see no expression of remorse.There is a significant risk of serious harm by you committing specified offences.”

Nkobi showed no emotion as he was led away.