Two university students who went to confront a young man that they suspected of committing a sexual assault ended up breaking into his flat while he was out, a court heard.
CCTV footage showcased Joshua Madamidola and Goriola Maiceal repeatedly banging on the door of the student’s flat.
When there was no answer they attacked the door of the flat in Leicester with a weapon, leaving stab marks on it. After about ten minutes of this, Madamidola, 22, kicked the door down and off its hinges – which cost £500 to replace.
Maiceal, 23, went into the property and helped himself to a satchel containing a bank card and ID card. At Leicester Crown Court, Madamidola, who did not enter the flat, pleaded guilty to causing damage while Maiceal admitted to burglary and theft, Leicestershire Live writes.
Prosecutor, Quiana Fitzpatrick, said that the noise caused by all the banging resulted in other students coming out of their rooms to see what was going on.
The defendants, who were both university students in Leicester at the time, claimed they were there to confront the occupant, whom they baselessly suspected of sexually assaulting a female.
Miss Fitzpatrick said there was no evidence to support their claims of inappropriate behavior by the victim. Neither defendant had any previous convictions, the court was told.
Pree Brada, mitigating for Madamidola, of Oxford Street, near Leicester city centre, said: “He’s the first in his family to go to university, studying biomedical sciences and wants to do his masters and be a doctor.”
Judge Timothy Spencer QC asked: “What does the university think about these proceedings?”
Miss Brada said: “His tutor knows there’s an appearance at the crown court, but doesn’t know what it’s about, but he will have to explain. He admitted damaging the door, when questioned by police 10 days after the offence.”
Priya Bakshi, for Maiceal, of Wolbercote Road, in London, said her client graduated in business management last year and has since returned to the family home.
She said: “He’d heard sexual abuse rumors about the complainant and wrongly took the law into his own hands.
“They wanted to speak to the person about it. They didn’t get an answer and continued, in the heat of the moment and the door was taken down. He went in and took the items – the bank card was never used and was recovered. He says he’ll never be before a court again.”
Sentencing, Judge Spencer said: “If you set this aside, you’re both decent young men who got yourselves into university. You’ve got opportunities out there to take advantage of – don’t throw it all away.
“This is shameful. You know that whatever the nature of any allegation, you don’t take the law into your own hands. If there are legitimate forms of grievance or concern it goes through the proper channels.
“You were knifing the door and kicking it and one of you also went in and took his valuable bank card.”
The judge said it was “worrying” that the victim’s identity card was still missing because of “problems the justice system has with false identities flying around”.
He added: “I accept this was one bout of madness, which I’m confident you’ve now put behind you and I’m not making any distinction [in sentencing] between you. Never come back. Sort your lives out and take advantage of the opportunities you’ve both worked hard for.”
Madamidola and Maiceal were both given 12 month conditional discharges. They were each ordered to pay £250 compensation, to cover the cost of the damaged door, along with £200 court costs.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.