Finger horror kidnappers are jailed

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Published: Monday 26th January 2015 by The News Editor

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Kidnappers who sliced off a man’s finger in a ransom plot have been jailed.

Their victim, a 26-year-old man from Coventry , was chatting with friends at Wood End in September 2013 when he was bundled into the back of a van at gunpoint by three balaclava-clad men.

He was beaten with a metal bar, trussed up and left gagged and with a bag over his head for the remainder of his 31-hour ordeal, West Midlands Police said.

The gang of 10 kidnappers demanded a £60,000 ransom but when the victim’s family failed to respond in time, the assailants cut off his little finger and left it under a brick in a garden wall for loved ones to find.

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Wallis of the force’s criminal investigation department said: “The family were understandably distraught at the thought of what else could happen to their loved one and immediately paid a ransom of £20,000.”

The victim was thrown out of the back of the van later that night but it took just two hours for police to track down the kidnappers and the cash.

The 10 men involved in the ransom plot were jailed at Coventry Crown Court today.

Kofi Poyser, 23, and Lamar Grant, 26, were each jailed for 16 years, Kadeem Poyser, 31, was sentenced to 13 years and Jermaine Campbell, 25, and Ricardo Grant, 24, were jailed for 15 years. All five pleaded guilty to offences including kidnap, unlawful imprisonment and blackmail.

Anthony McLeod, 34, and Ismaeel Akbar, 32, were sentenced to 15 years and 14 and a half years respectively after admitting unlawful imprisonment, blackmail and wounding.

Three others – Ralph McLeod, 37, Lewis Poyser, 24, and Yusuf Akbar, 33 – denied charges of unlawful imprisonment, blackmail and wounding but were found guilty after a four-week trial. McLeod and Poyser face 18-year sentences and Akbar 12 years.

Four members of the gang – Kofi Poyser, Lamar Grant, Anthony McLeod and Lewis Poyser – also face additional jail time for their role in a “brutal” attack outside Coventry’s Clique nightclub in June 2013.

Published: Monday 26th January 2015 by The News Editor

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