Metin Mustafa kidnap: Gang members jailed

Virginijus Suchodolskis (left) and Giedrius Cerniauskas
Image caption Virginijus Suchodolskis (left) and Giedrius Cerniauskas abducted Metin Mustafa from his home

Two gang members who bundled a man into a van and demanded £20,000 for his release have been jailed.

Metin Mustafa was abducted from his Farnborough home by Virginijus Suchodolskis and Giedrius Cerniauskas.

Suchodolskis, 38, was sentenced to 11 years for kidnap, false imprisonment and blackmail. Cerniauskas, 31, was given nine years.

The Lithuanian nationals were found guilty of the attack in March at Winchester Crown Court.

Suchodolskis's 18-year-old son, Kornelius, of Cuddington Avenue, Worcester Park, London, was also convicted of blackmail and is due to be sentenced on 6 December.

Three other men, Dzeraldas Jacinskas, Domantas Karpas and Vladislavas Tebenkovas, who were tried in connection with the plot, were cleared of all the charges against them.

'Drug deal'

The trial heard Mr Mustafa had his hands shackled, legs tied with duct tape and a bag placed over his head, before being kept prisoner in the back of a van at the Cave Industrial Estate, in Chesterton, Cambridgeshire.

Jurors were told police traced phone calls to his partner Karen Cook who was told the gang was "going to start hurting him" if the money was not raised.

The court heard he recognised Virginijus Suchodolskis from a meeting last year in connection with a proposed drug deal.

Officers stopped a Mercedes car with Mr Mustafa in the back on 28 March, six days after he was taken.

Cerniauskas, of no fixed address and who was driving, was arrested at the scene, while Virginijus Suchodolskis, of Tideslea Tower, Woolwich, was detained after a chase through gardens.

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