Four men who kidnapped and brutally assaulted another man in broad daylight have managed to avoid jail time after receiving suspended sentences from the judge. Very few details about the attack or what led to it are known, because neither the victims nor the attackers cooperated with police to explain what happened. The victim never actually reported the crime, but because it occurred in public in broad daylight there were numerous witnesses. The attackers also incriminated themselves by recording the attack.
According to prosecutor Nicholas Clarke, this year on the 21st of January, a man and his wife were heading into Oldham to pick up their children from school when they noticed a group of men forcing someone into a vehicle. The interaction was also captured on a dash camera as well, which they luckily had installed in their vehicle.
The attackers, Zubair Adair, 25, Dre Giblin, 24, Louis Goddard, also 24, and Curtis Kerr, aged 26, were seen shoving the victim into a black Mercedes before driving away. The car drove a few miles down the road until they came to a secluded spot and parked. That’s where they all got out of the vehicle and proceeded to attack the victim, according to the Manchester Evening News.
The suspects pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and they were each sentenced to two years imprisonment suspended for two years, meaning they won’t spend any more time in jail aside from their initial time served.
“They were charged with kidnap but the Crown has accepted their pleas to ABH starting from this point to about half an hour later when this gentleman was taken four and a half miles to another place where he was assaulted,” Clarke said.
Adair was said to have 21 previous convictions for 40 offences including robbery, possession with intent to supply class A drugs, and was said to be in breach of a suspended sentence.