Three men who kidnapped a man from his Bedford home have been jailed for a total of 27 years.
The man was bundled into a car at about 7pm on Thursday, August 7 last year, had his face cut, was ‘tasered’ and demands for £20,000 were made.
The kidnappers claimed the man’s brother had racially abused one of their friends, the court heard.
The man was driven to Renhold before being ordered to get out of the vehicle and make a call to his brother asking for the cash. The victim tried to run off but was beaten and slashed with a knife.
Fortunately, he managed to flag down a passing motorist who called police.
Upon investigation detectives identified three men as having been involved in the kidnapping.
Menelik Biddy, 37, of Ampthill Road, Marcus Thomas, 31, of Tavistock Street, and Daniel Thompson, 30, of Beaconsfield Street, all from Bedford, denied kidnap but were convicted following a trial.
They were each jailed for nine years at Luton Crown Court on Thursday.
Det Con Surinder Ram said: “This was a terrifying ordeal for the victim who was in genuine fear for his life. We will not tolerate such behaviour and work hard to protect our communities from violence like this.
“These men thought nothing of physically attacking someone in broad daylight and clearly thought they were above the law in their efforts to punish this man and his family.
“There can be no excuse for people taking the law into their own hands and the actions of these three were not acceptable.
“This case should serve as a warning as to how seriously the police and courts take such criminality, demonstrated by the lengthy prison sentences the offenders received.”