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Six men jailed for kidnap and holding victim ransom at Bromley address

PUBLISHED: 15:23 29 May 2018

Osman Hassan, who lived in Arcus Road, Bromley. Picture: Met Police

Osman Hassan, who lived in Arcus Road, Bromley. Picture: Met Police

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Six men, including one from Bromley, have been sentenced to a total of 58 years’ imprisonment following an investigation into a kidnap and assault in which the victim was kept at a location in Bromley.

Osman Hassan, Nicholas Francis-Hepburn, John Kidney, Noel McCaulsky, Ugyur Mustafa and Dean Phillips. Picture: Met PoliceOsman Hassan, Nicholas Francis-Hepburn, John Kidney, Noel McCaulsky, Ugyur Mustafa and Dean Phillips. Picture: Met Police

The following men were sentenced at Southwark Crown Court on Friday, May 25, having previously pleaded guilty to kidnap and blackmail:

Osman Hassan, 45 of Arcus Road, Bromley, was sentenced to 10 years and three months’ imprisonment; Noel McCaulsky, 28, of Tarbert Road, East Dulwich was sentenced to 10 years and two months’ imprisonment; Ugyur Mustafa, 47, of Roots Hall Drive, Southend-on-Sea was sentenced to eight years and four months’ imprisonment; John Kidney, 34, of Bircham Path, Brockley was sentenced to nine years and nine months’ imprisonment; Dean Phillips, 38 of Campline Street, Lewisham was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment; Nicholas Francis-Hepburn, 35 of Pitfield Crescent, Greenwich was sentenced to nine-and-a-half years’ imprisonment.

Hassan, McCaulsky and Mustafa further pleaded guilty to false imprisonment.

At 11:10pm on September 21 2017, the 25-year-old victim drove to a Food and Wine store on Gordon Road in Southend-on-Sea, where he was confronted by a man walking in the road and blocking his vehicle.

Concerned that the man was drunk, the victim got out of the car to help him, at which point a group of men surrounded and beat the victim to the floor using a taser and threatening him with a knife.

The men then gagged and handcuffed him before putting him into the back of a white van where he was stripped to his underwear.

The van was driven to a secluded location, where he was transferred into another van and taken to an address on Arcus Road in Bromley.

During the time he was held he was again beaten and stabbed in the thigh.

The men contacted a family member and demanded £35,000 as a ransom for his release.

As the family contacted each other to raise the money, the police were also informed.

The kidnappers made numerous calls claiming they were keeping the victim outside in the cold.

A short time later, the demand changed to £20,000 and 500g of cocaine.

The final demand at approximately 5am rested on £30,000 and 1kg of cocaine.

Enquiries identified the owner of a white Mercedes van which was located at Hassan’s home address on Arcus Road.

Armed officers entered the address on September 22 2017 and arrested Hassan, McCaulsky and Mustafa.

All three were charged the following day.

The victim was found sitting on a chair in a small room in the property.

He was handcuffed, gagged and his legs cable tied together.

The London Ambulance Service attended and took the man to a hospital where he was treated for a stab wound, head injuries and a broken right arm.

Following further investigation, Kidney was arrested and charged on December 19 2017; Phillips on December 21 2017 and Frances-Hepburn on Tuesday, January 23.

Det Con Andrew Reason, of the Met’s Modern Slavery & Kidnap Unit, said: “This was a brutal attack in a quiet residential street.

“Thankfully, incidents like this are rare but we understand how alarming this was to the family members at the time.

“I would like to praise the bravery of the local good samaritan who contacted police as soon as he saw the kidnapping happen in Southend-on-Sea.”

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