A man recovering from a kidney transplant was dragged out of bed by thugs who put a gun to his wife’s head — all because they’d mistaken him for a drug dealer.
The anonymous man was left “bleeding profusely” and terrified after a trio of intruders broke into his home in Adelaide on February 10.
He and his wife were asleep in bed when they were abruptly woken by loud banging at their front door at about 4:30am, the District Court of South Australia heard on Thursday.
Maxwell Samuel Kaba, 19, and brothers Shaho and Peshtiwan Rezayi, 23 and 18, eventually kicked down the door and began threatening the man with a wrench.
They were under the mistaken belief that he was in possession of a significant amount of cocaine, and demanded to know where it was.
When the baffled victim denied any knowledge of the stash, he was hit in the head with the wrench.
“He was clearly defenceless and already injured at this point,” Judge Ian Press told the court.
“His head was bleeding profusely.”
One of the men began searching the house while the other two pointed a gun “directly at his head” and the victim’s partner was told to sit down on the couch.
Kaba asked who the woman was, and when told she was the victim’s wife, he pointed the gun at her and said: “If you don’t tell me where the cocaine is, I will put a bullet in her head.”
The men eventually left the couple’s house with several personal cards, including one written by the man’s kidney donor’s family, as well as a bag of prescription medication.
Minutes later they were stopped and arrested.
Judge Press said the ordeal had devastating consequences for the couple.
“Both the victims understandably feared they were about to be killed,” he said.
“To be woken in the middle of the night by armed men and then subjected to your calculated violence must have been terrifying for them.
“To say your offending has changed their lives does not do justice to the nature of the impact your behaviour has had upon them.”
The court heard both Kaba and Shaho Rezayi were motivated by drug debts. Peshtiwan Rezayi meanwhile tried to talk his brother out of attempting the break-in but agreed to accompany him “out of concern”.
Each pleaded guilty to a number of offences including aggravated serious criminal trespass, aggravated assault and aggravated theft.
Kaba was sentenced to three years, two months behind bars, with a non-parole period of one year, seven months.
Shaho Rezayi was jailed for three years, two months, with a non-parole period of one year, nine months, while his brother was handed a sentence of two years, 10 months, with a non-parole period of one year, four months.