Two men robbed a homeless man of everything he owned... leaving him 'naked and humiliated' in the street.
The victim was left with nothing but a t-shirt as he desperately walking the streets trying to get help.
Aaron Kenworthy, 29, and Chris Moyo, 42, came across the man as he slept in his tent in Piccadilly Gardens.
They dragged the tent along the floor and demanded the victim hand over his possessions, Manchester Crown Court heard.
Kenworthy, of no fixed address, sat on the man as Moyo, from Oldham, took his trousers and trainers off, leaving him half naked.
The men then robbed him of everything inside the tent including a bank card, a North Face jacket and his mobile phone, which contained pictures of his children.
Following a trial earlier this year, Kenworthy and Moyo were found guilty of robbery.
They have now been jailed for six years and six months; and six years respectively.
Prosecuting, Neil Fryman said the attack happened at around 1am on May 16 this year at around 1am.
The victim was sleeping rough in Piccadilly Gardens in a tent gifted to him by a homeless team.
“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,” Mr Fryman said.
“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 the ribs.
“About 30 seconds later, the complainant escaped and made his way to the phone box by Primark in Piccadilly Gardens where he dialled 999,” Mr Fryman added.
“Approximately 20 minutes later, police arrived on scene.
“He had been robbed of virtually all of his possessions, including the HSBC bank card and the blue/black North Face Jacket.
“Other items stolen were his black leather bag, a Mountaineer balaclava, some cannabis, a suitcase containing toiletries, a Nike man bag, his orange/blue tent, black Hugo Boss trousers and black socks.
“He suffered cuts to his right ear, a right finger and to his wrist and his chest was tight from where he had been sat on.”
In a statement read to the court, the victim said the incident left him feeling ‘violated’.
“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,” Mr Fryman said.
In mitigation for Kenworthy, defence lawyer Michael Lavery said: “Clearly he’s a man with many difficulties.
“He comes from a difficult background where he was pushed from pillar to post.
“He had a difficult childhood, if you can call it that, and admitted to taking Spice to try and block out the cold reality of moving from doorway to doorway, living a feral life on the streets of Manchester.
“He is determined to use this time to give himself a better future.”
Mitigating for Moyo, defence lawyer Michael Goldwater said: “He came to this country at age 20 and lived in Coventry with his family and remained there until his release from his last prison sentence in 2016.
“He was directed to live in Manchester.
“His immigration status is not concluded, he is still seeking permission to remain.
“He is not allowed to work nor is he allowed to seek work and unfortunately he drifts back into this unstable lifestyle.”
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 was sentenced to six years and six months.
Moyo, of Hillside Avenue, was sentenced to six years.