Two young men sentenced to a total of 29 years for violent attack on students


Roy Sawyers and Carlos Wilmot, two drug dealers who enslaved a young Portsmouth University student into selling drugs, beat him and left him for dead were today sentenced at Portsmouth Crown Court to a total of 29 years. Carlos Wilmot was sentenced to 16 years and Roy Sawyers was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment.

Rob Welling, Senior Crown Advocate for the Crown Prosecution Service Wessex said: "Roy Sawyers and Carlos Wilmot are drug dealers who enslaved Nathaniel Smith, a young Portsmouth University student with no previous involvement with the drugs world, into selling drugs for them.

"To begin with, Roy Sawyers was Nathaniels friend.  They both came from the same part of London and ended up at University together.  For a few months Roy Sawyers moved away to Kent which is where he teamed up with Carlos Wilmot dealing Class A drugs.  They returned to Portsmouth and decided they would set up a similar drug operation here. 

"From that moment onwards Nathaniel Smith became their victim.  They moved into his student accommodation and forced him to sell or deliver drugs to their customers.  Any disobedience was met with violence that included using golf clubs, whips, a blow torch, and a belt as weapons.

"Sean McGrath, a student and fellow housemate also became a victim of Roy Sawyers when he was blamed for allowing the tenancy on the address to run out.  He was beaten by Sawyers who also forced Nathaniel to cut his friend with a knife.  Roy Sawyers made off, dragging Nathaniel Smith with him.  Then together, Carlos Wilmot and Roy Sawyers attacked Nathaniel Smith, striking his head with such force against a wall that he suffered bleeding on the brain.  But it didnt end there.  Between them they poured boiling water over him.  They burnt him with a steam iron and then dragged his unconscious body out of their flat and left him for dead. 

"He was found hours later and rushed to hospital where over the course of several weeks he was treated for his injuries.  It wasnt until months later that the police were able to find out from Nathaniel Smith what had happened to him.

"Today, Roy Sawyers and Carlos Wilmot were sentenced to a total of 29 years imprisonment.

"These events prove how dangerous the drug world can be. We hope that these sentences will give some closure to Mr Smith and Mr McGrath and that they will now be able to move on with their lives."