The trial of a gang accused of kidnapping Metin Mustafa in March continues at Winchester Crown Court
A father from Farnborough suffered multiple injuries after being bundled into a van and held hostage until he came up with £25,000, a court has heard.
Metin Mustafa had his hands shackled and his legs tied with duct tape before being ‘mummified’ by being wrapped in a duvet and then a bin bag, prosecutor Stephen Parish told Winchester Crown Court.
Virginijus Suchodolskis, 37, Giedrius Cerniauskas, 30, both of Erebus Drive in West Thamesmead, London, Dzeraldas Jacinskas, 42, of Albert Road, North Woolwich, and Domantas Karpas, 31 of Pyrethrum Way, Willingham in Cambridgeshire all deny kidnapping Mr Mustafa.
All four, along with Vladislavas Tebenkovas, 29, of no fixed abode, also deny false imprisonment.
The five, along with Kornelijus Suchodolskis, 18, of Portswood Road, Southampton, also deny blackmail.
The Lithuanian gang is alleged to have kidnapped Mr Mustafa outside his home in All Saints Crescent, Farnborough, on March 22. He was then held in a unit on an industrial estate in Cambridge.
Ransoms calls were made to Mr Mustafa’s partner, which led police to the relevant area and officers were able to carry out surveillance.
Six days after the kidnapping, police stopped a Mercedes car in Cambridge. In the back, hooded, was Mr Mustafa.
Reading a statement from a forensic medical examiner who assessed Mr Metin on just after he was found by police, Mr Parish said Mr Metin was kept in a van, punched, ‘beaten all over’ and denied use of a toilet.
Mr Parish said Mr Metin claimed he was beaten for eight hours one day and an hour on another day. He added he had not eaten for two to three days and not slept for about six days.
Mr Parish added that Mr Metin had suffered ‘multiple injuries’, was tired, dehydrated and appeared stressed.
The trial is expected to last for another two weeks.