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Last of gang convicted for 23-hour kidnap and torture ordeal

PUBLISHED: 22:40 12 February 2009 | UPDATED: 14:03 05 October 2010

Benjamin Boakye, Andrew Boateng, Yaw Darko-Kwakye (top row), and Adnan Kyani, Mohammed Nawaz, Douglas Poku (above)

Benjamin Boakye, Andrew Boateng, Yaw Darko-Kwakye (top row), and Adnan Kyani, Mohammed Nawaz, Douglas Poku (above)

A 23-HOUR kidnap ordeal ended when cops stormed a flat in East London using plastic explosives to rescue the hostage. The last of the gang of six who abducted 26-year-old Mohsin Patel on his own doorstep was convicted by a jury today

By Mike Brooke

A 23-HOUR kidnap ordeal ended when cops stormed a flat in East London using plastic explosives to rescue the hostage.

The last of the gang of six who abducted 26-year-old Mohsin Patel on his own doorstep was convicted by a jury today (Thursday).

Mohsin had just driven from the Carphone Warehouse store at Canary Wharf where he is assistant manager when he was abducted outside his house in Plaistow four miles away.

He was blindfolded and bundled into another car, then driven in the gang’s BMW to a flat in Ilford where he was burned and whipped, robbed of a £4,500 Rolex watch, two mobile phones including one worth £2,500, jewellery and credit cards.

£50,000 RANSOM DEMAND

The gang later used the cards to withdraw cash after he was forced under torture to give his pin number.

They demanded £50,000 and forced him to call his brother Nasir, burning him while he was on the phone. His frantic brother could hear his screams.

Mohsin was rescued 23 hours later when armed police blew the door off the first floor flat in Honeysuckle Court, using plastic explosives.

Four of the gang fled out of the first-floor window, but were captured by officers outside.

One was found hiding in a dustbin covered in “stinking mud” after jumping into the nearby River Roding to escape.

Another who clambered over a fence and across railway tracks put up a violent struggle to resist arrest. He claimed in court he thought they were going to shoot him.

TERRIFYING ORDEAL

Det Con Anthony Stevens from the Met’s Kidnap squad said after today’s guilty verdict on the last gang member at Snaresbrook Crown court: “The hostage and his family were subjected to a terrifying and lengthy ordeal. This kidnap was clearly planned on a completely innocent victim.”

Four admitted conspiracy charges of kidnap, false imprisonment and blackmail—Adnan Kyani, 20, from East Ham, Douglas Poku, 22, from Ilford, Mohammed Nawaz, 25, and Benjamin Boakye, 19, both from Manor Park.

The last two, Andrew Boateng, 21, and Yaw Darko-Kwakye, 25, both from Canning Town, were found guilty of kidnap, false imprisonment and blackmail—Boateng on Monday, Darko-Kwakye today. But both were cleared of conspiracy to cause GBH.

The gang are being sentenced later.

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