Kidnapped man had boiling water poured on genitals during 12 hours of brutal torture
A man was kidnapped and tortured for twelve hours as crooks poured boiling water poured boiling water on his genitals and fed him what they said was rat poison.
Llewllyn Campbell, 26, and John Robertson, 23, grabbed the 30-year-old victim from outside his own home in Blackley, Manchester, and bundled him into the back of a car.
He was taken to the home of drug addict mum Jennifer Baker and during his ordeal he was bound and gagged, had boiling water poured over his genitals and was forced to swallow tablets which he was told contained rat poison.
He was also warned he would be ‘gravely injured, if not killed’ if he did not hand over a large amount of cash, Manchester Evening News reported.
The victim was tied to a chair, with his hands bound with cord and his feet tied together with rope. A sock was forced into his mouth and fixed in place with Sellotape.
He was told he was going to be injected with heroin, and have a roll of cling film forced into his bottom after his trousers had been pulled down.
He was also forced to swallow tablets which he was told contained rat poison. Tests later showed they were actually an antidepressant. Later, he was taken to an upstairs bedroom and ‘in panic’ he urinated.
He was put in a wardrobe but was able to bite through his ties and after 12 hours was able to escape his captors.
Campbell pleaded guilty to kidnap and was found guilty of false imprisonment, with Robertson pleading guilty to assisting an offender.
Manchester Crown Court heard Campbell had kidnapped the victim before Robertson ‘stumbled across the offence’ due to his friendship with Miss Baker.
Judge Elizabeth Nicholls told the court: “The background to this is one of organised crime.
“Mr Campbell has previous convictions and these were created to perpetrate further criminal activity.”
She said the victim had “suffered twelve hours of humiliating and violent treatment,” and that “it was enough to terrify him and make him think he might be killed.”
She said Campbell, of Derville Road in Harpurhey, was on bail at the time of the offence for an eight year sentence for serious drug offences.
“He had become entangled in criminal activity from an early age,” she said, adding that “young men are less mature than their biological age” and more likely to be influenced.
She told Campbell: “You are an intelligent young man with many aspects that can serve you well in the future.” She said despite him being significantly less young on his release, she hoped “He would be able to live a law abiding life,” and, as he is a father, would be able to spend time with his family.
Campbell was given a sentence of 15 years. He will serve two thirds of this and be released on licence..
Sentencing Robertson, she said: “You stumbled across the offence because of your friendship with Miss Baker but you did assist in the operation.
“What aggravated the situation was that Robertson was subject to a suspended sentence.”
She sentenced Robertson, of Waterson Avenue in Moston, to 18 months imprisonment for assisting an offender which, due to time already served, meant he was free to walk from court.
Following the offence Baker, 35, who did not take part in the violence, was locked up for 18 months for assisting an offender. A judge was considering sparing her from prison, but in an unusual move, Baker asked to be sent to jail.
She would ‘fail’ any drug rehabilitation programmes she would be ordered to complete and instead hopes to get clean in prison, Manchester Crown Court heard.