Search

Beckton kidnap gang jailed for more than 76 years

16:30 04 August 2014

Josh Smith and Daniel "Soopz" Alleyne

Josh Smith and Daniel "Soopz" Alleyne

Archant

A gang who kidnapped and tortured a man and blackmailed his family have been jailed today for a total of more than 76 years.

Victor Latali and Aaron "Rizla" AssanteVictor Latali and Aaron "Rizla" Assante

The group of seven held the 20-year-old victim against his will for almost 24 hours, inflicting countless injuries including burning him with an iron.

The kidnappers demanded £100,000 from his family for his release and threatened to kill him if they didn’t comply.

Victor Latali, 21, of Hooper Road, E16, Ryan “Rico” Ince, 20, of Bingley Road, E16, and Josh Smith of Violet Close, E16, were found guilty of conspiracy to kidnap, conspiracy to falsely imprison and conspiracy to blackmail following a trial at the Old Bailey. Latali was imprisoned for 14 years while Ince and Smith were both sentenced to ten years in jail.

At an earlier hearing, Daniel “Soopz” Alleyne, 21, of Caulfield Road, E6, Aaron “Rizla” Assante, 22, of Moorfield, Harlow, and Albertino “Albi” De-Santos Santana, 21, of Sark Walk, E16, and Enrique “Ricky” Santana, 20, of Sark Walk, E16, pleaded guilty to the same three counts.

Alleyne, Assante. De-Santos Santana were each imprisoned for 11 years and four months and Santana was imprisoned for eight years and eight months.

The victim’s terrifying ordeal began after he went to jumpstart his car in a Beckton car park with a friend on September 24 last year.

While they were there, two unknown men took the victim’s car keys and demanded £500 for their return. The men didn’t resist but after the group had left they contacted an associate to see if he could help track down who had taken the key and help get them back.

This associate took the victim to a flat in Fords Park Road, E16, where they were met by Ince. Once inside the victim was grabbed by Alleyne and dragged into the living room where Alleyne, and Latali and Assante, stripped him naked.

The three men then proceeded to violently assault the victim with punches, kicks, a Stanley knife and steam from an iron.

A demand of £100,000 for the victim’s release was made in a phone call to his brother with the threat that if it wasn’t paid in 20 minutes then the victim would be killed. A second phone call made 15 minutes later had the victim screaming in pain as he was burned and assaulted.

Calls to the victim’s brother continued with demands for money and the victim continued to be tortured with a hot iron pressed on his leg and, what he was told was a gun, held to his head, all while he was duct-taped naked to a chair. During this time Albertino, Santana and Smith also came to the address.

Sometime between 2am and 3am the following day the victim was given some of his clothing back and a T-shirt was placed over his head while he moved to a block of flats in Claremont Close, E16.

The ordeal ended shortly after 2pm when the occupier of the address came home to find the group inside the property and ordered them all to leave.

The victim was forced into a car by the kidnappers which was stopped by armed police.

Read more:

Three men bailed in Plaistow Halloween shooting investigation

Man charged with Manor Park cemetery murder

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 18:46
A man has been taken to hospital following Stratford hotel fire  (Picture credit: Rikke Monsen)

A man has died after a fire broke out in a Stratford hotel last week.

Royal London Hospital
Yesterday, 18:31
Pensioner assault trial

A man accused of assaulting three people – including two pensioners – moved home to help take care of his sick gran, a court heard today.

Snaresbrook Crown Court
Yesterday, 18:00
Work on the Penny Brook Hotel is due to begin in the autumn

Staying in Stratford is set to become stylish after a £126m hotel was given the green light.

Elizabeth Olympic Park
Yesterday, 16:24
Ratha Perumal is a senior lecturer at the University of East London and organised the Complementary Schools’ Week in Newham event

Eliminating community languages from exam boards will affect students academically and lower their employability, according to a senior lecturer at the University of East London (UEL).

University of East London

Most read news

Competitions

Limited edition Opihr Gin goodies up for grabs!

Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin is a unique style of London Dry Gin created at G&J one of the world’s oldest gin distillers, using exotic botanicals, herbs and spices.

Read more
Pop on the most stylish eyewear around from Specsavers.

London eyecare specialists Specsavers are offering London24 readers the chance to win a £150 voucher to spend on stylish eyewear in the city.

Read more

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Newham Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder