Kidnap gang who bundled men into car boot and left one for dead jailed for 54 years

-Credit: (Image: Staffordshire Police)
-Credit: (Image: Staffordshire Police)


Four kidnappers who armed themselves with knives and baseball bats before brutally attacking two men have been jailed for a total of 54 years. The gang travelled from across the country to get to their victims - who were not expecting any trouble - in Chesterton in December 2022.

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard Modestas Stokus met the pair and they went with him to his car which was then driven to secluded Meadow Street, surrounded by industrial buildings. It had been pre-selected by the group as the ideal location.

Once there, the other defendants - who had been lying in wait - pepper-sprayed their victims in the eyes, dragged them out of the vehicle, attacked them, bound them with duct tape, interrogated them, and threw them into the boots of two cars.

One of the men, who had suffered slash wounds bruising to his head, face and shoulder, managed to escape from the boot of a car in Alsager. He made it to a house and the occupants got help.

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But the other victim was not so lucky. The court heard he 'barely survived', and was found dumped - bound and gagged - on Whalley Avenue, in Penkhull, in the middle of the night. Luckily, a member of the public noticed him in the road and got help.

He had suffered a stab wound to his right thigh, a broken leg, a broken arm, extensive bruising and a deep cut. The court heard he needed surgery for his fractures and was admitted to intensive care.

He was treated for sepsis and kidney failure. He wasn’t discharged from critical care until February 5 2023. Staffordshire Police arrested the four defendants between December 2022 and February 2023.

Egidijus Savickas, 29, from Merseyside and Dovydas Smilginis, 34, from London, were convicted of two counts of kidnap, causing grievous bodily harm with intent, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, having an article with a blade or point, and having an offensive weapon following a trial.

They were both jailed for 14 years for GBH with intent involving one of the victims, and given concurrent sentences of 13 years for kidnapping the same victim, eight years for kidnapping the second victim, 15 months for assaulting the second victim, 18 months for possession of a knife and nine months for possession of a baseball bat.

Stokus, 32, of Dudley, and Mohamed Nasar, 40, from Birmingham, admitted the same offences. Stoskus was jailed for 13 years and six months for GBH with intent involving one of the victims, and given concurrent sentences of 11 years and eight months for kidnapping the same victim, seven years and two months for kidnapping the second victim, 13 months for assaulting the second victim, 16 months for possession of a knife and 35 weeks for possession of a baseball bat.

Nasar was jailed for 12 years and seven months for GBH with intent involving one of the victims, and given concurrent sentences of 11 years and eight months for kidnapping the same victim, seven years and two months for kidnapping the second victim, 13 months for assaulting the second victim, 16 months for possession of a knife and 35 weeks for possession of a baseball bat.

Speaking after the case, Detective Inspector Ian Fitzgerald, of Staffordshire Police's Major Investigations Department, said: “This was a brutal pre-planned attack, with all four men having a role. They trussed and bound the victims, savagely attacked them with weapons, bundled them into car boots and drove them away to be dumped. One of the victims was nearly killed and spent a few months recovering in hospital.

“Thankfully, this type of crime is very rare in Staffordshire. Today’s sentencing will hopefully send out a strong message that this sort of criminality has no place on our streets.”

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