Gang member who allegedly kidnapped a father from Farnborough has a previous conviction for false imprisonment from 2007, jurors have been told
A man accused of kidnapping a father from Farnborough has a previous conviction for false imprisonment, a court has been told.
Virginijus Suchodolskis, 38, pleaded guilty to a charge of false imprisonment at Southwark Crown Court on September 4 2007, a jury at Winchester Crown court was told on Monday (October 21).
Mr Suchodolskis, along with Giedrius Cerniauskas, 30, 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 Metin 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.
Mr 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, the jury of eight women and four men have been told.
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.
Ransom calls demanding a total of £25,000 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.
Giving evidence on Monday, Det Con Nick Rogers, the officer in charge of the case, told the jury about Virginijus Suchodolskis admitting the charge of false imprisonment in 2007.
But under cross examination, the detective revealed that when Mr Mustafa's home was searched after his kidnap ordeal, various equipment linked with drug dealing was found.
These included a set of digital scales for weighing drugs, clear self-seal bags and a quantity of benzocaine, used to dilute cocaine and other Class A drugs.
Traces of cocaine, MDMA, mephedrone and amphetamine were also found.
DC Rogers confirmed that Mr Mustafa was separately charged and appeared at magistrates court for drug possession. He added that cocaine sold on the streets of Hampshire is 12 to 14% pure before being bulked up with other substances such as benzocaine, while nationally it is 28% pure.
He agreed that there was no forensic evidence in relation to Mr Jacinskas being involved in the kidnap and that nothing of significance was found at his home address.
He also agreed that the only scientific evidence concerning Mr Karpas was his fingerprint on a kettle in the kitchen area of the industrial unit where Mr Mustafa is alleged to have been held hostage.
DC Rogers told the court that Kornelijus Suchodolskis had no previous convictions in this country or Lithuania.
The jury was told that Mr Metin was kept in a van, punched, "beaten all over" and denied use of a toilet.
Prosecutor Stephen Parish said Mr Mustafa had not eaten for two to three days and not slept for about six days. He added that Mr Mustafa had suffered "multiple injuries", was tired, dehydrated and appeared stressed.
The trial is expected to last another week.