A VICIOUS organised gang, who dragged a man away from his pregnant girlfriend and poured acid over him have been lock up for more than 50 years.
The masked men grabbed the girlfriend, who escaped, then bundled man into a van, beat him, and kept him tied up in a bath for 12-hours.
As he was being held prisoner, fearing for his life, they called the victim’s mum and blackmailed her out of thousands of pounds of cash and a Rolex watch.
The five thugs were all charged with conspiracy to kidnap after the attack near Woodchester Square in West London on September 24, the Metropolitan Police said.
They denied the offences but were convicted on April 8 following a six-week trial at Harrow Crown Court and sentenced yesterday to lengthy jail terms.
The victim ended up in the hospital and was too terrified to speak to police about the horrifying ordeal, fearing further repercussions.
However, follow a probe by the Met’s Modern Slavery and Kidnap Unit, Aston Rochester, 36, of Chaplin Road, was jailed for 11 years and three months.
Denzil Rochester, 31, of Chaplin Road, and Fennell Rutty, 27, of Creighton Close, were each banged up for nine years and nine months.
Whilst both Jamal Gordon-Harris, 23, of Dart Street, and Bradley Evans, 40, of Fulham Palace Road, were put away for 10 years and three months.
After the struggle with the girlfriend and the kidnapping, at around 9pm, the victim was driven around in the van and then moved to a car footwell, where the punches and kicks continued.
After 1am in the morning, he was moved to Evans’s home address in Fulham Palace Road, where he was kept bound in a bath, kicked, punched and burnt with corrosive fluid.
During this time the victim’s mother was called before she sent them around £6,000 in cash for the release of her son – which did not happen.
Later the same day they demanded the victim’s Rolex watch, which the terrified mum left on a tire on a parked car as instructed.
The injured man was left on the pavement and found by a passerby shortly after, with some of the final moments of the plot captured on CCTV.
Gordon-Harris and Rutty were both arrested after snatching the Rolex; Denzil and Aston Rochester were arrested at their home address on the same day; Evans detained the next month.
Denzil Rochester was identified as the van driver and Evans as the driver of the car, which were both stolen, using false plates, and later found burnt out.
Acting Detective Chief Inspector Dan Mitchell from the Met’s Central Specialist Crime Command said: “This organised group kidnapped an innocent man, dragged him from the side of his pregnant girlfriend and subjected him to hours of horrific physical and mental abuse.
“Throughout the course of the investigation it was clear that the motivation of this kidnap was purely financial.
“The captors demanded thousands of pounds from the victim’s terrified mother who had to listen to her own son tell her he feared he would die.
“The victim was left so scared for his life, he did not provide any statement or information to police to support this prosecution.
“Despite that, the evidence gathered by officers from the Modern Slavery and Kidnap Unit has led to the conviction and imprisonment of an organised criminal group intent on committing serious, audacious offences across the city.
“I hope this sends a message to anyone considering carrying out such violent and brutal acts, that even without a victim’s statement, we will use all the powers available to us to find the evidence to bring you to justice.”