Six men jailed after man kidnapped and tortured - Luton

02/06/2017

Six men involved in the terrifying kidnap ordeal of a 20-year-old man, who was held captive and tortured in Luton, have been jailed for a combined total of almost 64 years.

Angry scenes broke out in the dock when the first sentence was passed and the Judge had to temporarily leave the court.

Judge Philip Bartle QC said: "This young man was being held hostage and being treated with such violence and contempt. These defendants were wholly indifferent to the suffering they were inflicting on him. It is impossible to exagerate the effect this has had on him."

The gang believed two brothers had stolen cannabis worth £60,000 from them. The victim was the boyfriend of their sister.

"They decided to use him to achieve the return of their drugs by holding him hostage and torturing him," said the prosecutor at Luton Crown Court on Friday, 2 June 2017. He was kidnapped in Downs Road, Luton in the early hours of 20 June 2016, and driven to different locations in the boot of a car until he was kept at a flat in Ashburnham Road, Luton for many hours. At one point he had a live shotgun put in his mouth, and he was burned and beaten repeatedly during his 30-hour ordeal.

His captors, said to be led by Muhammed Hussain and Mohammed Yousaf, made six calls to the alleged thieves during which the victim could be heard screaming and crying and pleading for his life. Unknown to them, police had become involved and recorded five of the calls.

James Norman, prosecuting, said his ordeal included being tied up, having his knees beaten with a mallet and having cigarettes stubbed out on his arm. He was also stunned with a Taser like weapon and gagged and beaten with a knife. One defendant also threatened to rape him. He was then hooded and driven around for about 40-minutes, before being tied to a metal gate in a rural area near Kensworth, Beds. He was told his friends would pick him up, which was untrue, and he waited several hours before he managed to free himself.

The court was told that he had 68 separate injuries to his body, but none were individually serious.

Before the court were Muhammed Hussain, aged 25, of Belmont Road, Luton. He pleaded guilty to kidnap, false imprisonment and possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear. He also admitted separate charges of possessing heroin and cocaine with intent to supply and five firearm and ammunition charges. Those items were found in his car when he was arrested. He was jailed for a total of 20 years.

Mohammed Yousaf, aged 22, of Lyndhurst Road, Luton pleaded guilty to kidnap, false imprisonment and blackmail and was jailed for 12 years.

Mohammed Jalil Uddin, aged 40, of Chatsworth Road, Luton pleaded guilty to false imprisonment and was said by the Judge to have been the least involved. But he also pleaded guilty to possessing crack cocaine with intent to supply, his third conviction for drug dealing. He was jailed for a total of eight years and three months.

Mitchell Malik, aged 21, from Hillside Drive, Dudley had pleaded not guilty to blackmail, false imprisonment and possession of a firearm, but was convicted by a jury. He was found not guilty of kidnap. He was also before the court to be sentenced for possessing heroin with intent to supply, which he admitted. He was sentenced to a total of 15 years.

Saqib Rehman, aged 20, of Belmont Road, Luton pleaded guilty to false imprisonment and was jailed for three and a half years. He was also said to have played a peripheral role.

A 17-year-old from Luton, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to kidnap, false imprisonment and blackmail. He also admitted possession of heroin with intent to supply and possessing criminal property. He was sentenced to five years in custody.

The total of all the sentences relating to the kidnap charges was 48 years. Sentences totalling 15 years and nine months were passed consecutively for all the other offences resulting in a combined total of 63 years and 9 months.

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