A Briton disguised himself as an Amazon driver wearing a hi-vis jacket and an empty box.
Footage shows him unveiling his loaded gun before being pushed back by his unsuspecting victim.
The bogus delivery driver was sentenced to six years and nine months in prison.
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A Briton who disguised himself as an Amazon delivery driver to terrorize an unsuspecting victim has been jailed, BBC News reported.
Vincente Forde, 32, arrived at a house in Crystal Palace, south London, in July 2020, wearing a high-visibility jacket and holding an empty Amazon box, the outlet said.
He was secretly carrying a loaded and sawn off shotgun which he pointed at his victim, Rashid Ben-Mhamedi, who opened the door, according to BBC News.
Video footage, recorded on a doorbell camera, shows Forde charging at his victim as Ben-Mhamedi retaliates.
Forde can be seen repeatedly punching Ben-Mhamedi and, according to BBC News, breaking his victim’s nose.
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Ben-Mhamedi, who was at home caring for his seven-year-old daughter, managed to snatch the shotgun from Forde’s hands and threw it under a nearby car, the media reported. Nearby construction work then helped hold Forde down, the Evening Standard said.
Police then recovered the gun, which had been loaded with two active cartridges, BBC News reported.
Forde was sentenced to six years and nine months in prison.
In a letter to Croydon Crown Court, Forde said he felt “stomach ache” for what he had done to his victim.
He pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to create fear of violence, possession of a prohibited weapon and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.
His lawyer, Matthew Bagnall, said the attack was “amateurish” and that Forde had been tasked with orchestrating the attack by a drug gang, the Evening Standard reported.
“This was a completely unprovoked attack on an innocent head of the household. The victim simply opened his front door to retrieve what he believed to be a delivery before being aggressively attacked by a stranger,” said Andrew Caird of the Crown Prosecution Service.
“Since the shotgun had been loaded, it is incredibly fortunate that no one was fatally injured,” Caird added.
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