Kidnappers left 'bound and beaten' man for dead in the street

Clockwise from top right: Dovydas Smilginis, 34, of London; Mohamed Nasar, 39, of Birmingham; Egidijus Savickas, 28, of Bootle; and Modestas Stoskus, 31, of Dudley
-Credit: (Image: Staffordshire Police)


Four kidnappers armed with knives and baseball bats launched such a savage attack on two men that one "barely survived".

On December 19 2022, the four attackers travelled from different parts of the country to meet their two victims in Chesterton, Staffordshire, reports Stoke on Trent Live. The gang had orchestrated a plan to abduct and assault the pair.

One of the kidnappers, Modestas Stoskus, 31, from Dudley, met the targets, taking them to his car.

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A short way on Meadow Street, which is surrounded by industrial buildings, the other assailants lay in wait. As soon as the car stopped, the attackers opened the doors, pepper-sprayed the victims' eyes and dragged them out.

They were brutally beaten with bats and knives, then tied up with duct tape and interrogated. They were then thrown into the boots of two separate cars. During the journey, the victim who was less severely injured managed to escape from the boot.

The other victim, who police claimed "barely survived", was dumped on a residential street in the middle of the night, still bound with duct tape. A passer-by spotted him lying in the street and rang for help.

The victim had a stab wound to his right thigh, a broken leg, a broken arm, extensive bruising to his upper thighs, arms and shoulders, and a deep cut to his shoulder. He underwent surgery for his fractures. He required treatment for sepsis and kidney failure, and spent over six weeks in intensive care before being discharged on February 5 last year.

Yesterday, June 4, Egidijus Savickas, 28, from Bootle; Dovydas Smilginis, 34, from London; Modestas Stoskus, 31, from Dudley, and Mohamed Nasar, 39, from Birmingham, were jailed for a total of 54 years for their roles in the attack.

Savickas and Smilginis were both found guilty after a trial at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court in September 2023. Appearing before Stoke Crown Court on June 4 2024, 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.

Stoskus and Nasar pleaded guilty at the start of a trial in July 2023.

Yesterday 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.

At the same hearing 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.

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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