Liverpool crown court heard the gang kicked and smashed their way into Gordon Griffin’s Wavertree home late at night.
When Mr Griffin ran to the door, he was approached by one of the raiders, who held a large kitchen knife to his neck.
Three more men then entered the property, shouting “give us what we want and no-one will hurt you” and “where’s the money, where’s the dried weed?”
Zia Chaudhry, prosecuting, said Mr Griffin was growing 20 cannabis plants in a small bedroom.
He told how the knife-wielding raider then demanded a sheet or duvet and began to collect the plants.
At the same time, the three other men ransacked the property, looking for valuables and attempting to steal a PlayStation.
The raid only came to an end when the four-strong group heard police sirens approaching the property.
They tried to flee out the flat’s front door, but became trapped because it was locked.
Mr Chaudhry told how Mr Griffin also attempted to restrain one of the gang, but was punched in the face.
Police arrived at the flat as the group were attempting to flee out of an upstairs window.
They managed to arrest three of them – Joseph Abiaka, 31; Isiah Facey and Joshua Parris, both 20 – but the last man escaped.
Abiaka, of Alderson Road, Wavertree, and Parris, of Emerson Street, Toxteth, later pleaded guilty to robbery on June 21 last year.
via : ECHO
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