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Kidnap gang jailed after naked victim broke out of car

Emmanuel Chidubem Emmanuel fought his way out of the boot in Edinburgh.

Gang: (Clockwise from left) Mukueto, Soojoodi, Elamo.
Gang: (Clockwise from left) Mukueto, Soojoodi, Elamo.

Members of a kidnap gang have been jailed after their naked victim fought his way out of the boot of a car they were transporting him in.

Nigerian-born Emmanuel Chidubem Emmanuel struggled with his captors as they tried to force him back into the vehicle in front of shocked passers-by in Edinburgh on February 10.

Witnesses saw him fighting with his captors as he sabotaged and escaped the black BMW 5 series saloon on Buckstone Road.

The garage owner, who had been beaten and robbed by the gang, accessed a fuse panel in the boot of the vehicle and brought the car to a halt.

The victim had been driven around south Edinburgh for about an hour before he made his escape in front of shocked bystanders who raised the alarm.

Sanchez Facey, 23, Glen Elamo, 20, and Arnold Mukueto, 22, who were all convicted of assaulting and abducting Mr Emmanuel and illegally transferring money from his account, were jailed for seven years each.

Escape: Mr Emmanuel fought with his attackers on Buckstone Road.
Escape: Mr Emmanuel fought with his attackers on Buckstone Road. STV

The fourth gang member, Hooman Sojoodi, 21, was jailed for seven and a half years.

He had been freed on bail twice by courts in Aberdeen the month before the kidnapping.

Lady Carmichael told them Mr Emmanuel had been "severely injured" during the terrifying offence.

The judge said: "You were confronted by a number of members of the public and their presence and actions by calling the police ultimately brought this incident to an end."

Lady Carmichael said the precise background and motive for the crime did not emerge in evidence at the earlier trial but it was clear they had wanted to extract money from their victim for some reason.

'It is utterly appalling and unacceptable that you should resort to the violent and lawless conduct of which you have been convicted.'
Lady Carmichael

She said: "It is utterly appalling and unacceptable that you should resort to the violent and lawless conduct of which you have been convicted."

During the ordeal the victim was punched and kicked, hit with a blunt weapon, stripped, blindfolded and tied up at a house in Gilmerton.

The gang accessed his online bank account and took crash from it before putting him in the car and driving around Edinburgh.

Mr Emmanuel, 27, from Stevenage, in Hertfordshire, had been on the latest of a few trips he had made to Edinburgh.

He had visited a friend and intended to go to the gym but never made it there.

The court heard a black car was seen coming to pick him up but the victim said he did not remember the exact circumstances.

Sojoodi, formerly of Enfield, North London; Facey of Edmonton, North London; Elamo, who is serving a jail sentence in England for drugs and Mukueto, a former semi-professional footballer from London, who had moved to Aberdeen, had all denied the assault and abduction.

Forensic evidence from fingerprints and DNA linked them to the BMW and the house in Hyvot Loan where the attack began.

Elamo was told his latest prison sentence would begin at the expiry of his current jail term next year.

All four had originally faced an allegation they had struck their victim with bats, hammers and knives and menaced him with a gun, but that was deleted from the charge.

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