Kidnapping victim had boiling water poured on him and was forced to swallow ‘rat poison’



A kidnapping victim had boiling water poured on his genitals and was forced to swallow ‘rat poison’ during a 12-hour order.

A gang used the home of a drug user mother to torture and imprison the man after kidnapping him on a street outside his home.

He was bundled into a car and taken to the property where he was bound, gagged and tortured for hours, the MEN reports.

The victim was also warned that he would be ‘seriously injured, if not killed’ if he didn’t hand over a large amount of cash.

He was eventually able to escape the home after suffering serious injuries including burns as a result of the terrifying incident.

Members of the gang are due to be sentenced at a later date.

Jennifer Baker, 35, whose home was used but did not take part in the violence, was locked up for 18 months for assisting an offender.

A judge had been considering sparing her from prison, but in an unusual move, the 35-year-old, asked to be sent to jail.

Manchester Crown Court said that she would ‘fail’ any drug rehabilitation programs and instead hopes to get clean while in prison.

Prosecutor Alaric Bassano told how the victim was outside his home at about 7.30pm, on November 12, 2019, when he was overpowered by four men and bundled into a car.

He was tied to a chair, his hands were bound with cord and his feet were tied together with rope.

A sock was forced into his mouth, and fixed in place with Sellotape.

He was brought into the living room and ordered to hand over money.

After telling his kidnappers he had no cash, he was attacked again.

Terrifying punishments ensued, with boiling water being poured on his body including his genitals, and threats were also issued.

He was told he was going to be injected with heroin, and that a roll of cling film was going to be forced into his bottom after his trousers had been pulled down.

He was forced to swallow tablets which he was told contained rat poison. Tests later showed they were actually an antidepressant.

Later, he was taken to an upstairs bedroom and ‘in panic’ he urinated. After 12 hours he was able to escape his captors from him.

Baker, who was in the house while the horrifying attack occurred, was arrested and told police the gang had come ‘unannounced.’

“She should have said no, or at least done something about what was clearly going on,” her barrister Ian Metcalfe said.

“That would not, by any stretch of the imagination, be an easy thing to do.

“The defendant was targeted by others, because of her weaknesses and vulnerability. She was exploited by others.”

Metcalfe said her life had been ‘blighted’ by a ‘chronic’ drug addiction, and she faced becoming homeless due to an ‘impending eviction’.

Judge Elizabeth Nicholls jailed Baker, after being told ordering her to complete drug rehab programs would be setting her up to fail.

The judge summarized: “They used your home to imprison him, to torture him and subject him to degrading and violent treatment.

“It is right however to indicate you were to a degree as much of a victim as he was.

“The people who came to your address undoubtedly used you, in the sense they knew you would not put up any resistance.

“It is not as if you invited them. You simply had probably little choice in the matter.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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