Man kidnapped, threatened with knives and held in headlocks to get cash
Written by The Newsroom on October 11, 2019
A trio who had a man fearing for this life during a terrifying two-hour kidnap ordeal have been jailed.
The victim, who is in his 20s, was forced into a car outside a pub in Cannock on New Year’s Eve last year.
Once inside the vehicle, which was being driven by Alisha Dale, he was held by Cameron Halls and Marc Spittle, who demanded cash from him.
Stafford Crown Court was told the victim, who was known to Spittle, was targeted as he had recently come into some money. Spittle was anxious to pay off some debts.
But when the victim said he no longer had his money, he was put in a headlock and threatened with a knife until it was decided to take him to a relative’s house in an attempt to get the cash.
People were threatened and assaulted at the address – again at knifepoint – before the trio drove away with the victim. After failing to find money at another address,the victim was dropped off in Belt Road, near Cannock, where he entered the working men’s club.
Once inside, he told a woman: “I’ve been kidnapped. They had a knife and they demanded lots of money.”
His ordeal lasted around two hours.
Halls, 33, of Sidney Avenue, Stafford, who was believed to have played the leading role, was found guilty of kidnap, conspiracy to rob and robbery and sentenced to 17 years behind bars.
Spittle, 34, of Greensome Lane, Stafford, pleaded guilty to kidnap and two counts of conspiracy to rob at an earlier hearing. He received a total sentence of 14 years.
Dale, 29, of Exeter Street, Stafford, was jailed for five years and six months for kidnap and conspiracy to rob.
Speaking after the hearing, Detective Sergeant Ian Press, of Staffordshire Police , said: “This was a terrifying experience for the victim that lasted for several hours. He was held at knifepoint, in fear for his own life and those of family members.
“We’re glad the three involved are now serving substantial sentences which reflect the seriousness of this disturbing crime.”
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