AN asylum seeker and his homeless friend stole £6,500 from a man who helped them in their hour of need, York Crown Court heard.

Karma Melly, prosecuting, said a 66-year-old man suffering from Parkinson’s Disease took in Robert Onyemakonor Ehima when he had nowhere to stay and helped Yusuf Mohamed to remain in this country.

But the two Africans used his bank card without his permission on 18 occasions in October and November 2010 and took £6,500 out of his account.

Then, when they were released on bail after the thefts were discovered, Ehima, together with a third man, Omoruyi Brown Ehima, attacked a car thief with a baseball bat.

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