Sixth man sentenced following kidnap and false imprisonment in Ashford
A man has been imprisoned for six years after pleading guilty to kidnap and false imprisonment following an incident in Ashford in January 2016.
Hanad Muse was the last of six men to be sentenced in relation to the kidnap and false imprisonment when he appeared at Guildford Crown Court on Tuesday (11 July).
Five men have already been convicted and sentenced in relation to this incident including:
- Dalmer Saleh – Pleaded guilty to conspiracy to kidnap and false imprisonment and was jailed for 10 years and six months. He also pleaded to unrelated drugs matters and a driving matter for which he received a further two years giving a total sentence of 12 years and six months;
- Andrew Moore – Pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to kidnap and false imprisonment but was found guilty at trial. He was given a 12 year sentence (nine years and four months imprisonment and an extended licence of three years);
- Scott Beecham – Pleaded guilty to conspiracy to kidnap and false imprisonment and was sentenced to eight years in prison;
- Agon Metrama –Found guilty at trial and was imprisoned for four years and six months;
- Matthew Hempel – Pleaded guilty to false imprisonment and was jailed for five years.
Surrey Police received a call on Sunday 17 January 2016 around 8pm from a concerned member of the public stating that they had seen a man get out of a black Seat Leon while it was stationary at a set of traffic lights in the Town Lane area of Ashford. The man was chased by two other men and was assaulted before being forced back into the vehicle.
A live kidnap investigation was launched and on Monday 18 January 2016, the black Seat Leon was stopped and Dalmer Saleh and Hanad Muse were arrested. Matthew Hempel was also arrested that day.
The victim reported later that day that he had been kidnapped and tortured.
Muse was eventually arrested on 23 March 2017 and later pleaded guilty to kidnap and false imprisonment.
Senior Investigating Officer Detective Chief Inspector Tanya Jones from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team said: “The sentence given to the sixth man involved in this kidnap and false imprisonment case marks the end of a lengthy and complex investigation. The fact that all six men involved were given prison sentences reflects the severity of the crimes they committed and the torturous ordeal to which they subjected their victim.”
DCI Jones continued: “These sentences were also imposed despite the fact that the victim would not support the trial by giving evidence so this became a victimless prosecution. Without the evidence provided by other significant witnesses, this case would never have come to trial and we would never have brought these men to justice for the heinous crimes they committed that day.”
Top (L-R) - Agon Metrama, Andrew Moore, Dalmer Saleh
Bottom (L-R) - Hanad Muse, Matthew Hemple, Scott Beecham