Thursday, October 11, 2018

Ex-Footballer & Friend Who Kidnapped Man Who Was Forced To Sing N-ked For Them Are Jailed

Two men who carried out a "humiliating" attack on a kidnap victim who was forced to strip n-ked and perform Whitney Houston songs have been jailed.

Sakhawat Hussain, 35, and ex-footballer Andre Clarke, 30, even poured boiling water over the man's genitals and held a knife to the stomach of his heavily-pregnant girlfriend.

The pair, who carried out the attack following a dispute over drugs, held their 32-year-old victim prisoner and used axes, a baseball bat, a hammer and a knife to inflict serious injuries upon him.

Leeds Crown Court heard that the man was later treated for a catalogue of injuries, including broken bones, significant bruising, and reddening on his legs, buttocks and genitals.

Following a five-week trial, a jury convicted Hussain, of Batley, and Clarke, 30, from Huddersfield, of affray, kidnapping, causing grievous bodily harm with intent and two counts of false imprisonment.

Jailing them for 15 years each on Tuesday, Judge Robin Mairs described the incident as leaving "lasting scars" on the victim.

He added: "The two of you were content to use violence as a form of control. Threats and coercion were used to engender obedience.

"You had no compunction to inflicting fear and terror upon the victim and his wider family.

"Physically and mentally, there is no question that this sustained and vicious attack left scars on him and will leave lasting scars upon him."