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Luton gang of six jailed for gunpoint kidnap

From top left - Jalil Uddin, Mitchell Malik, Muhammed Hussain; from bottom left - Saqib Rehman, Mohammed Yousaf Image copyright Bedfordshire Police
Image caption From top left - Jalil Uddin, Mitchell Malik, Muhammed Hussain; from bottom left - Saqib Rehman, Mohammed Yousaf

Six men who kidnapped a man at gunpoint before torturing him for 30 hours have been jailed.

The gang "bullied" the 20-year-old into the back of a van before threatening him with a shotgun, beating his knees with a mallet and stunning him with a Taser-style weapon.

Luton Crown Court heard the gang took him captive as revenge for the apparent theft of cannabis worth £60,000.

The gang admitted a range of offences and received sentences up to 20 years.

The court heard the kidnap took place in Luton on 20 June last year.

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They bundled the man into the van in Downs Road before driving to an address in Ashburnham Road.

During his imprisonment, the gang put a live shotgun in his mouth, stubbed out cigarettes on his arm and beat him with a knife.

Ransom calls were made to the victim's relatives, and one defendant also threatened to rape him.

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Image caption The victim was tied to a metal gate and abandoned
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Image caption A gun was used to kidnap the victim

The following morning, the victim was abandoned and left tied to the metal gate of a farm near Kensworth. He freed himself and made his way home.

The court heard the gang believed two brothers had stolen cannabis from them, and targeted the victim - the boyfriend of the two brothers' sister.

  • Mohammed Yousaf, 22, of Lyndhurst Road, Luton, pleaded guilty to kidnap, false imprisonment and blackmail. He was sentenced to 12 years.
  • Muhammed Hussain, 25, of Belmont Road, Luton, pleaded guilty to kidnap, false imprisonment, blackmail and a firearms offence. He was sentenced to 20 years.
  • Saqib Rehman, 20, of Belmont Road, Luton, pleaded guilty to false imprisonment. He was sentenced to three and a half years.
  • Jalil Uddin,40, of Chatsworth Road, Luton, pleaded guilty to false imprisonment. He was sentenced to eight years and three months.
  • Mitchell Malik, 21, of Hillside Road, Dudley, was found guilty of false imprisonment, blackmail, and a firearms offence, but was found not guilty of kidnap. He was jailed for 15 years.
  • A 17-year-old boy from Luton, who cannot be named due to his age, pleaded guilty to kidnap, false imprisonment and blackmail. He was jailed for five years.

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