Boxing champ jailed for samurai sword ordeal

Fundo Mhura was jailed at the High Court in Edinburgh. Picture: Bill Henry
Fundo Mhura was jailed at the High Court in Edinburgh. Picture: Bill Henry
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A BOXING champ who terrorised a “business associate” over an alleged debt has been jailed for almost six and a half years.

Former Olympic hopeful Fundo Mhura, 29, threatened his handcuffed victim with a samurai sword and a dirty hypodermic syringe and denied him food and water for more than 24 hours.

Ricardo Cerdan was so scared he asked for the last rites and offered to hang himself using ropes in a room used as a gym in Mhura’s West Lothian home.

Jailing him at the High Court in Edinburgh today judge Lord Uist told Mhura: “On any view this was shockingly lawless conduct of a serious nature which cannot be tolerated in a civilised society.

Escape

“It occurred against a background of criminality and involved an element of deliberate cruelty.”

Spaniard Mr Cerdan is still suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, the court heard.

His ordeal ended when he eventually managed to free himself from gaffer tape binding his legs, using the sword which Mhura had left on the floor.

He then jumped out of the living room window into the snowy garden, still handcuffed.

Mr Cerdan, who cut his head in the fall, pleaded for help from a postman and two council workers gritting the street.

“Call the police, I’ve been kidnapped,” he shouted through tape which still partly gagged his mouth.

Mhura of 21 Kaimes Crescent, Kirknewton, admitted abduction, assault and robbing Mr Cerdan of £3000.