Four men have been sentenced to almost 30 years in prison after kidnapping a man and trying to get money in exchange for his safe release.
The victim was held in a Ford Transit van in Kirby Cross just after 6.45pm on 25 August last year.
Four men – Billy Jackson, Anthony Siequien, Mason Stewart and Jake Constable – had forced him to try and raise money for his safe release.
Officers pursued the van, which began to drive dangerously, and eventually collided with a bush at the junction of Tendring Road and Whitehall Lane in Thorpe-le-Soken.
The victim was recovered safely from the van and four men were arrested.
Billy Jackson, 30, of HMP Chelmsford.
Anthony Siequien, 35, of HMP Chelmsford.
Mason Stewart, 19, of HMP Chelmsford.
Jake Constable, 25, of HMP Chelmsford.
On Thursday 17 March, after all four had previously entered a number of guilty pleas, they were sentenced to 29 years in prison between them.
Jackson was sentenced to seven years in prison for kidnap.
Siequien was sentenced to six years in prison for kidnap, with a 12-month concurrent sentence for dangerous driving. He has also been disqualified from driving for six years.
Stewart was sentenced to seven years for his role in the kidnap, and was also sentenced to 28 months – to run concurrently – for drugs offences which had been committed in Suffolk.
Constable was sentenced to nine years for his part in the kidnap, and was also sentenced to three years in prison, to run concurrently to his sentence, for drugs offence which had taken place in Suffolk.
All four men have been given a restraining order against the victim, which will last for life.
Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Superintendent Stephen Jennings, from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, praised the “meticulous work” by his officers in bringing the group to justice. He said:
“This was a terrifying incident for the victim and their family, where they were all in fear of serious harm.
“The greed of these men to get their hands on money was clear. This was premeditated and sadistic, and I’m pleased that our team were able to deliver justice for the victim and their family by ensuring these men will be prison for years to come.”