Man, 32, found guilty of conspiracy to kidnap man from Ipswich at gunpoint

Crown Court, Ipswich. Picture: ARCHANT

Crown Court, Ipswich. Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

A man has been found guilty in connection with a gunpoint kidnap of a 30-year-old man in Ipswich last year.

Abubakar Sheihk, 32, of Buttsbury Road, Ilford, was found guilty of conspiracy to kidnap, false imprisonment and causing grievous bodily harm at Ipswich Crown Court today.

Two other men from Ipswich, Joao Bernardo, 28, of Woodbridge Road, and Joao Rito, 23, of Windsor Road, were also charged with kidnap but were found not guilty by the court.

A fourth man, Samuel Nunes-Mercachita, 34, of Canvey Island, who was charged with kidnap and possession of a Class A drugs, was aquitted.

On Friday June 23, 2017, the victim, Aram Mohammidi, had arranged to meet some friends in central Ipswich in the evening.

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A number of other people arrived and, after a conversation regarding a money debt, he was kidnapped at gunpoint and taken in a car containing three men near Christchurch Park.

He was then driven to a flat in Walthamstow in London where he was held and systematically beaten.

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The court had heard Mr Mohammidi was kicked in the head and ribs, beaten with pieces of wood and had a glove put in his mouth. He was at times blindfolded, his hands and fingers were hit with a hammer and an irritant was poured into his eye.

In the early hours of Sunday, June 25, Mr Mohammidi was removed from the flat, put in van and then was later left by a roadside in Essex.

A short time later a security guard from a shopping centre in Harlow found the seriously injured Mr Mohammidi in a carpark and called police.

He had sustained substantial injuries including fractured ribs, a fractured thumb and a detached retina.

He had two black eyes, bruising all over his body and burn marks on his legs and arms.

The fingers on one hand were deformed as if they had been broken or crushed and his wrists had red marks as if he had been tied up.

Mr Mohammidi had been reported as missing to Police on Saturday, June 24.

He had told the court he believes he was targeted as a result of a dispute regarding the supply of illegal drugs in Ipswich.

Abubakar Sheikh is due to be sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court on Thursday, July 26.

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