He’s “stupidly” amassing cannabis debt – now people are trying to kill him “
A “vulnerable” man who was in drug debt was brutally attacked by criminals who ordered him to store cash, cannabis and a shotgun in his home.
Elliott Wood, 22, suffered “serious and life-changing injuries” from vicious criminals who deliberately pulled him over in a car, attacked him with guns, and broke into his home.
Wood’s mother was also injured.
He was spared from prison after a judge called the case “totally exceptional”.
The Manchester Crown Court heard that Wood had built a “substantial” cannabis debt and was instructed to store illegal items in his property.
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Police went to Wood’s Newton Heath home in May last year and found a shotgun with 25 live cartridges in a cupboard under the stairs.
Officials also found over two kilos of cannabis with a street value of nearly £ 23,000 and £ 20,395 in cash.
Wood wasn’t in the house when the police arrived, but he later showed up and said, “People are trying to kill me, that’s why I got it.”
Prosecutors reported that Wood initially refused to comply with the criminals’ demands.
However, he was later hit by a car and then attacked with sticks by men in balaclavas.
His leg was badly broken and he had to undergo ‘extensive’ surgery and spent six weeks in the hospital.
In another incident, his home was broken into and Wood and his mother were both attacked with a knife held against them.
In the incident, Wood suffered a fractured skull.
He was warned that if he didn’t follow up, it would “keep going”.
The police released him and him and moved to Failsworth, where they later carried out another search.
There they found cannabis with a street value of £ 5,357 and £ 3,000 in cash, prosecutor Hugh McKee said.
Wood said he got a phone from the criminals and should answer it when they called.
The prosecution and the judge accepted Wood’s account.
However, the court was informed that the circumstances were “downright tight”.
Coercion can be used as a defense against some crimes in which people have been threatened.
Wood said he was too scared to report what happened to the police.
Andrea Lock defended himself, saying it was an “exceptional” case and appealed to Wood to be spared from jail.
He was initially taken into custody and after his release on bail he was kept under a curfew.
Judge Hilary Manley said Wood, who had no criminal record, has served 22 months in prison and accepted that he is “vulnerable”.
The judge told Wood, “You foolishly built up debts for cannabis use, and once you owed that money to criminals to whom you owed that money, you were afraid to do anything other than stick to it.
“The court is deeply concerned that this can happen.”
He was sentenced to two years in prison and suspended for two years.
Wood of Newton Heath pleaded guilty to two cases of possession with intent to supply cannabis, two cases of possession of criminal property, and one case of possession of a shotgun.