Court: Romford kidnappers have sentence cut by judges

A gang of six men - including two from Romford - who kidnapped a garage owner who was tortured by boiling water have all had their jail terms cut on appeal by top judges.

Garage owner Sukjinder Seyan was bundled into a car by four men who showed him fake police ID in January 2011.

He was beaten, blindfolded and held for three days, whilst members of the gang tortured him in an attempt to obtain �350,000 they believed he was hiding.

Tariq Antonio Harrison, 23, and Llir Kurti, 22, both of Rush Green Road, Romford; Fadil Gashi, 26, of Oakley Close, Grays, Essex, and 24-year-old Fatjon Kolaj of Longheath Gardens, Croydon, south London, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to kidnap, conspiracy to falsely imprison, conspiracy to blackmail and conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm with intent at Croydon Crown Court.

They were jailed last December, with Harrison receiving 13 years four months, Gashi and Kurti 12 years each and Kolaj 13 and a half years

Shajah Hussain, 25, of Glenpark Road, Forest Gate, east London; and Ashley Peter Fields, 23, of Crescent Road, Dagenham, were convicted of the conspiracies to kidnap, falsely imprison and blackmail.

Hussain was jailed for 15 years and Fields for 10 years.

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On Friday, Lord Justice Pitchford, Mr Justice Bean and Mr Justice Underhill, sitting at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, cut all their sentences after ruling that the Crown Court judge had adopted too high a starting point when punishing the gang.

During his three-day ordeal, Mr Seyan was repeatedly scalded with boiling water, punched, kicked and cut across his arm.

His kidnappers threatened to kill him unless he handed over �350,000 they believed he was hoarding at his car repair company in Forest Gate.

The attackers then attempted to ransom him off, demanding �50,000 from his wife. He was rescued by police.

Harrison had his sentence cut from 13 years four months to 12 years. Gashi and Kurti had their 12-year terms cut to 10 years eight months.

Kolaj’s sentence went from 13 and a half years to 12 years, while Hussain’s went from 15 years to 13 years.

Finally the sentence of Fields was cut from 10 years to eight years.