Kidnap and torture gang have sentences cut

A gang of six men who kidnapped a Forest Gate garage owner and subjected him to a “dreadful” torture ordeal by boiling water have all had their jail terms cut on appeal by top judges.

Garage owner Sukjinder Seyan was bundled into a car by four men who showed him fake police ID in January 2011.

He was beaten, blindfolded and held for three days while the gang tortured him in an attempt to obtain �350,000 they believed he was hiding.

Tariq Antonio Harrison, 23, and Llir Kurti, 22, both of Romford; Fadil Gashi, 26, of Grays, and 24-year-old Fatjon Kolaj, of Croydon, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to kidnap, conspiracy to falsely imprison, conspiracy to blackmail and conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm with intent at Croydon Crown Court.

They were jailed last December, with Harrison receiving 13 years, four months, Gashi and Kurti 12 years each and Kolaj 13-and-a-half years.

Shajah Hussain, 25, of Glenparke Road, Forest Gate, and Ashley Peter Fields, 23, of Dagenham, were convicted of the conspiracies to kidnap, falsely imprison and blackmail. Hussain was jailed for 15 years and Fields for ten.

Lord Justice Pitchford, Mr Justice Bean and Mr Justice Underhill, sitting at the Appeal Court, cut all their sentences after ruling that the Crown Court judge had adopted too high a starting point when punishing them.

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The court heard that, during his three-day ordeal, Mr Seyan was repeatedly scalded with boiling water, punched, kicked and cut across his arm.

His kidnappers threatened to kill him unless he handed over �350,000 they believed he had at his car repair company.

The attackers then attempted to ransom him off, demanding �50,000 from his wife.

He was rescued by police who staged an “armed intervention” three days after his capture.

Mr Justice Bean condemned the offences, saying the victim was “obviously traumatised by this dreadful episode” and had burns over five per cent of his body which required skin grafts.

However, he went on to cut each man’s sentence, saying they had been treated too harshly despite the abhorrent nature of their actions.

Harrison had his sentence cut to 12 years. Gashi and Kurti had their terms cut to 10 years, eight months.

Kolaj’s sentence went to 12 years, while Hussain’s went to 13 years. Finally the sentence of Fields was cut from ten years to eight.