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Ipswich kidnap trial: Police officer who went to alleged victim’s home found it in ‘complete mess’

PUBLISHED: 13:53 09 May 2018

The trial is ongoing at Ipswich Crown Court. Picture: SIMON PARKER

The trial is ongoing at Ipswich Crown Court. Picture: SIMON PARKER

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A police officer who went to the home of an Ipswich man who was allegedly kidnapped at gunpoint and tortured found the premises in a “complete mess” with the sofa and bed upturned, a court has heard.

Pc Mark Hurrell went to Aram Mohammidi’s flat in Woodbridge Road, Ipswich on June 24 last year after one of his friend’s reported him missing, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Pc Hurrell said the television in the flat was switched on and the flat looked as though it had been searched.

“It was a complete mess,” said the officer.

Cross-examined by John Kearney, who is representing one of the men accused of being involved in the kidnap, Pc Hurrell said he had been told by one of Mr Mohammidi’s friends that he had borrowed £40,000 from an Albanian man under the pretext of buying a car wash – but had gambled the money away.

It has been alleged that Mr Mohammidi was kidnapped at gunpoint after getting into a car containing three men near Christchurch Park on June 23 last year, and was taken to a flat in Walthamstow.

Mr Mohammidi was allegedly kicked in the head and ribs and had a glove put in his mouth.

The court heard he was also blindfolded with a T-shirt and his arms and legs were tied up.

Mr Mohammidi also allegedly had acid poured in his eyes and heard someone ask for a hammer before feeling blows to his fingers.

He was eventually put into a black bag before allegedly being taken in a van to Harlow, where he was found shirtless and dazed in a car park.

The court was told he had two black eyes, bruising all over his body, burn marks on his legs and arms.

It is also alleged that the fingers on one of his hands were deformed as if they had been broken or crushed, and his wrists had red marks as if he had been tied up.

Before the court are Joao Bernardo, 28, of Woodbridge Road, Ipswich, Joao Rito, 23, of Windsor Road, Ipswich, Abubakar Sheikh, 32, of Buttsbury Road, Ilford and Samuel Nunes-Mercachita, 34, of Canvey Island.

Nunes-Mercachita, Rito and Bernardo have denied kidnap.

Sheikh has denied conspiring to kidnap, false imprisonment and causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

The trial continues.

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