One of the men who tied to rob Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac has been sentenced to 10 years in jail.

Trying to steal their luxury watches, worth an estimated £20,000, video of Kolasinac fighting off the attackers has now become the stuff of legend.

Ashley Smith, 30, had previously pleaded guilty to attempted robbery. He used a knitting needle as a weapon. Smith was out on licence after a 42-month sentence for burglary in 2017.

Ashley Smith was out of prison on licence when he attempted to rob Sead Kolašinac and Mesut Özil. Photograph: Metropolitan police/PA
Ashley Smith was out of prison on licence when he attempted to rob Sead Kolašinac and Mesut Özil. Photograph: Metropolitan police/PA

The judge said Kolašinac, “must have been terrified by the events which took place immediately outside his house”.

At Harrow Crown Court, Jordan Northover, 26, also admitted attempted robbery. He has yet to be sentenced and the date for that has not yet been set.

“Between them, they produced these weapons which they threatened Mr Kolašinac with, a long pointed blade which was thrust in the victim’s direction and made contact with him,” Ian Bourne QC said.

“The two of them had not counted on Mr Kolašinac fighting back and he behaved incredibly bravely.”

The judge also said: “But that was not the end of it. The two men pursued the car along the high road and attempted to stop the vehicle, throwing stones at the car.”

Speaking on behalf of Smith, Susan Meek told the court Smith had described the attack as “a scummy thing to do and that when he takes drugs, these are the things he ends up doing”.

Smith was also ordered to pay £181 as a victim surcharge.