A man who was found guilty of blackmail in relation to the kidnapping of a Farnborough man has been handed a suspended prison sentence.
Kornelijus Suchodolskis, 18, is the son of a gang member who was jailed for kidnapping Metin Mustafa outside his home in All Saints Crescent on March 22 this year.
Shortly after the kidnapping, the teenager met his father, Virginijus, 38, who handed him a piece of paper with a phone number on it and asked him to call it from a telephone box.
He was given instructions to see if anyone answered the phone, and if they did he should hang up immediately.
Giving evidence at Winchester Crown Court on October 31, the teenager said he had no idea he was involved in the kidnapping and thought the person he was calling owed his father money for personal training sessions.
He claimed he was unaware that the call was actually to Mr Mustafa's partner, who his father had been calling for ransom money.
Suchodolskis, of Archway Road, in Ramsgate, Kent, was arrested in June and denied blackmail but was found guilty after a five-week trial last month.
His father and his uncle, Giedrius Cerniauskas, 31, both of Erebus Drive in West Thamesmead, London, were found guilty of kidnapping, false imprisonment and blackmail and were sentenced to 11 years and nine years in prison respectively on November 11.
They had kidnapped Mr Mustafa and held him in an industrial unit in Cambridge before police eventually discovered the 40-year-old in the back of a Mercedes car.
The gang had demanded £25,000 as a ransom, but it was claimed this was owed to them by Mr Mustafa, who had defaulted on a £6,000 loan they had obtained on his behalf from their home country of Lithuania.
Mr Mustafa, who was himself accused of being involved in gambling and drug dealing, was said to have missed his monthly payments on the loan, at which point the money-lenders, thought to be involved with the Lithuanian mafia, cancelled the agreement and demanded £15,000 be repaid.
Appearing at Winchester Crown Court last Friday (December 6), Kornelijus Suchdolskis was sentenced to 15 months in a young offenders’ institute, suspended for two years, and told to do 200 hours of unpaid work within a year.
He was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £100.
Dzeraldas Jacinskas, 42, of Albert Road, North Woolwich, and Domantas Karpas, 32 of Pyrethrum Way in Willingham, Cambridgeshire, were cleared of all three charges by a jury, while and a fifth defendant in the case, Vladislavas Tebenkovas, 29, of no fixed abode, was found not guilty of false imprisonment and blackmail.