"he was beaten with baseball bats"
Four men from Dewsbury have been sentenced to a total of nearly four years after kidnapping a teenage boy and subjecting him to a “terrifying ordeal”.
The incident happened on Slaithwaite Road, Thornhill Lees, on December 27, 2020.
The 17-year-old victim had been at home before meeting with a friend and heading out to buy some cigarettes together.
However, as the pair drove around, they were chased by several other cars including a BMW 3-series and a Lamborghini.
Leeds Crown Court heard the Lamborghini then crashed into the victim’s car.
The teenager was dragged from the car and beaten by three men while his friend ran off.
The victim was then forced into an Audi RS3, a car later linked to Amar Khan after the teenager’s blood was found in it.
Andrew Espley, prosecuting, said the victim was taken to a cul-de-sac close to where Amar lived with his two brothers Jhazeb and Shahzeb.
More men then attacked and kicked the victim.
During the attack, one of the men’s phones fell to the ground. The victim then dialled 999 and shouted “police police” before the phone was snatched.
The men forced the teen into another car and Shahzeb told him not to “snitch” after they came across a marked police car, otherwise, they would kill him.
They continued to drive around before taking the victim to a remote location in Hostingley Lane.
The victim was then beaten with a bottle of Jack Daniels, Red Bull cans and baseball bats.
Mr Espley said a black machete was taken out of its cover and one of the men tried to hit the teenager with it.
At the height of the three-hour ordeal, more than 20 men were involved.
The victim was later driven to the brothers’ garage at Junction 40 Car Sales in Ossett at around 7:40 pm where one attacker said “throw him in there with the Rottweilers”.
He was then put into a BMW 3-series driven by Ansar Qayum and was taken to a Go Local shop where he bought a bottle of Jack Daniels.
The victim was also driven to a petrol station where his mother was called, with demands for £15,000 were made.
Other relatives were contacted in a bid to extract money, believed to be for repairs to the damaged Lamborghini.
The kidnapping continued, prompting the victim’s mother to contact other family members to help pay for her son’s safe release.
The BMW he was being in was parked in a street close to his own home and he managed to escape.
The teenager ran to his house between 9 pm and 9:30 pm and his mother saw him bloodied, dizzy and unable to walk.
He was taken to hospital for treatment.
The Khan brothers and Qayum were arrested the following day. All four were arrested in an identity parade.
The boy and his mother have since moved house. Mr Espley added:
“Not knowing what would have happened, not knowing whether or not he would be killed, not knowing if at all it would end, it must have been extremely frightening indeed.”
The four men all admitted one count of kidnap.
Judge Tom Bayliss QC said:
“This was a terrible act on a 17-year-old who was vulnerable at the time he was kidnapped and in your hands.”
Amar Khan, aged 21, was jailed for nine years.
Jhazeb Khan, aged 24, was jailed for nine years.
Shahzab Khan, aged 27, was sentenced to 10 years and nine months in prison.
Ansar Qayum, aged 44, was jailed for 10 years and nine months.
Detective Inspector Oliver Coates, of Kirklees District CID, said:
“The young victim has been subjected to a terrifying ordeal.
“During the incident, he was beaten with baseball bats and had his life threatened a number of times.
“I would like to reassure people that incidents of this nature are extremely rare and wanton violence like this is not tolerated.
“These men are dangerous individuals and they have rightly been put behind bars for a considerable period of time.
“The judge commended DC Maisie Stevens for her excellent detective work in this case which has resulted in this successful prosecution.”
Another man, Harun Nawaz, aged 27, of Dewsbury, was jailed for 18 months for assisting an offender.
The Examiner reported that police have also issued a wanted appeal for Aftab Khan, who is wanted on suspicion of kidnap.
Anyone who has seen Aftab Khan or has any information about his whereabouts is asked to contact Kirklees CID on 101 or online at westyorkshire.police.uk/101livechat referencing crime number 13200645428.
Information can also be given anonymously to the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.