Plaistow businessman facing jail for ‘hanging’ man from forklift
He tells police he made citizen’s arrest over stolen cash
A businessman accused of tying up and “hanging” an associate half-naked from a forklift truck is facing jail.
Muhammed Sheikh, 34, of Sutton Court Road, Plaistow, lured Saeed Noor to a warehouse for a beating over the alleged theft of �100,000 from their company.
He forced the victim to take off his trousers before having him strung up during the five-hour ordeal.
Sheikh then called the police to the warehouse in Dagenham, and told officers he had executed a citizen’s arrest over the stolen cash.
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Jurors unanimously found that Sheik was guilty of false imprisonment and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
His 6ft 8in co-defendant Micko Kadic, 37, was cleared of both counts by the jury at Snaresbrook crown court.
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Prosecutor Karen Holt said Sheikh visited Mr Noor at home on July 4 last year and tricked him into driving him to the warehouse by saying there was “important work” to do.
Sheikh claimed he discovered that Mr Noor had taken �100,000 from a series of businesses they had been involved in since November 2009.
Kadic told officers he had not assaulted or restrained Mr Noor and said he had gone to the warehouse to discuss a possible business deal with Sheikh.
Ms Holt said that police investigated the allegations made by both parties and that no criminal proceedings had been pursued against Mr Noor.
Sheikh and Kadic, of Mill Farm Close, Pinner, Middlesex, both denied charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and false imprisonment.
Kadic had said he was there to oversee a meeting between Sheikh and Noor, and he had to separate a fight between the two men.
He said: “I knew one thing, if I was not there God knows what would happen. I would make sure that nothing went wrong.
“I thought I was going to be like the UN and calm the situation.”
The hearing was adjourned until July 25 for sentence.