Lanarkshire thugs tortured man during nine-hour ordeal after a row over cryptocurrency

Two Lanarkshire thugs brutally tortured a man after a row over cryptocurrency.

Harre Yonis, 30, and Abdullahi Abubakar, 28, put their victim through a horrific nine-hour order at a house in Coatbridge on April 9 last year.

Yonis alleged he had been the victim of a “scam” by a friend of the victim.

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The terrified man was tied up, stripped, attacked with weapons and had boiling water poured across his bottom leaving him with permanent burns.

Yonis and Abubakar, both from Coatbridge, could now face lengthy jail-terms after they appeared in the dock at the High Court in Glasgow.

They both pleaded guilty to assaulting the man to his severe injury and permanent disfigurement while detaining him against his will.

The pair will be sentenced later this month.

The court heard how Yonis’s girlfriend had asked the victim to help set up a cryptocurrency account. He later went with a friend to meet her and Yonis.

But, days later, an angry Yonis called the victim, claiming to have been “ripped off” when the account was set up.

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The victim went to the house in Coatbridge to then try and resolve matters. Both Yonis and Abubakar were among the people there.

The pair soon turned on the man, who initially had a rope put around his neck and a large knife held to his face.

His hands were bound together and a sock stuffed in his mouth to stop him yelling for help.

Prosecutor Mark Mohammed said: “The victim was stripped and left only wearing his long johns.

“Boiling water was then poured onto his backside causing extreme pain. The men made repeated demands for money.”

At one stage, sick Yonis texted associates asking them for suggestions as to what to do to the next man.

The terrified victim was then punched, kicked, hit with a spade and stabbed on the legs.

The victim was soon forced to message his partner to get her to transfer money. The court heard they got a total of £970.

After the attackers left at one point the victim was able to text his partner begging: “Call police. They want to kill me.”

He also had a brief video call with a friend saying he was in “big trouble”.

Mr Mohammed said: “The man was crying, had two black eyes and looked like he had been tortured.”

After a call for help by the victim’s girlfriend, armed police swooped on the house around 5am the next morning.

The victim was discovered still tied up on a bed. The two thugs were in the living room.

The court heard the man was eventually transferred to a plastic surgery unit at Glasgow Royal Infirmary due to his burns.

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Judge Olga Pastportnikov remanded Yonis and Abubakar in custody as sentencing was deferred for reports.

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George Holan

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

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