Kid­nap­per’s sen­tence ex­tended by one year

18-year term ex­tended for at­tack on po­lice car

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Goolis­tan Cooper goolis­tan.cooper@trin­i­tymir­

A GANG­STER who was jailed for his role in the kid­nap and tor­tur­ing of a de­vout Mus­lim man has re­ceived an­other prison sen­tence, de­spite re­fus­ing to leave his cell.

Dar­ren Vas­sell, of St Luke Close, Cow­ley, was given an ad­di­tional 12 months in prison for crim­i­nal dam­age and driv­ing of­fences, just a month af­ter he was jailed for 18 years for the bru­tal and sus­tained at­tack on Mo­hammed Mirza.

The 35-year-old, a for­mer busi­ness­man who owned a sofa show­room in Eal­ing, had been seen driv­ing er­rat­i­cally in his Ford Fo­cus and weav­ing in and out of traf­fic on July 26, 2014. Af­ter he was stopped and placed un­der ar­rest in the back of a po­lice car, Vas­sell grabbed wa­ter bot­tles and poured wa­ter all over the elec­tron­ics in­side, caus­ing dam­age worth nearly £500.

He also ripped pages out of a ring binder and snapped one of the of­fi­cer’s £150 Avi­a­tor sun­glasses.

Vas­sell was still on bail for this in­ci­dent when he and other gang mem­bers forced Mr Mirza into the back of a white Vaux­hall van out­side Kimms Kutts sa­lon, in Houn­slow, on June 18 last year.

The vic­tim was or­dered to eat KFC chicken wings even though he was fast­ing for Ra­madan and forced to uri­nate in a bot­tle af­ter be­ing locked in­side the ve­hi­cle overnight. The gang set a ran­som of £3,500 for his re­lease, and Mr Mirza was also beaten with a metal bar and an iron, stabbed and forced to drink al­co­hol at Vas­sell’s home.

He was fi­nally res­cued by po­lice of­fi­cers on June 20 when he was found cov­ered in blood and cow­er­ing in a cor­ner.

Judge John Be­van QC jailed the six-man gang for a to­tal of 71-and-ahalf years last month, while on March 4 the same judge sen­tenced Vas­sell, in his ab­sence, to an­other 12 months con­cur­rent for the ear­lier in­ci­dent, af­ter the de­fen­dant ad­mit­ted care­less driv­ing, driv­ing while dis­qual­i­fied and two counts of crim­i­nal dam­age.

Judge Be­van said: “I was un­aware of th­ese mat­ters when I sen­tenced him re­cently, but it is an­other ex­am­ple of ex­tremely de­struc­tive be­hav­iour by Mr Vas­sell, who re­fused to leave his cell and is there­fore be­ing sen­tenced in his ab­sence.

“He did his best to wreck the in­te­rior of a po­lice car while un­der ar­rest and it took about half an hour, he be­ing a very large and pow­er­ful man when aroused, for other po­lice to come and ar­rest him and bring the sit­u­a­tion un­der con­trol.”

Vas­sell had been jailed in Fe­bru­ary af­ter plead­ing guilty to kid­nap, black­mail, two counts of false im­pris­on­ment and caus­ing griev­ous bod­ily harm.

His brother Marvin Vas­sell, of the same ad­dress, was jailed for 13-and-a-half years af­ter plead­ing guilty to black­mail, false im­pris­on­ment, and caus­ing griev­ous bod­ily harm.

Other gang mem­bers were also im­pris­oned.

Derek John­ston, of St Christo­pher Road, Houn­slow was jailed for 21 years af­ter plead­ing guilty to kid­nap, black­mail, two counts of false im­pris­on­ment and caus­ing griev­ous bod­ily harm.

Aaron El­lis, of Chest­nut Av­enue, Hilling­don, was jailed for nine years af­ter plead­ing guilty to false im­pris­on­ment and caus­ing griev­ous bod­ily harm.

Ja­mal McLaugh­lin, of Gravesend Road, Shep­herds was

Bush, jailed for six years af­ter be­ing found guilty of kid­nap, black­mail and false im­pris­on­ment on Jan­uary 25.

And Carl­ton Rod­ney, of Charles Road, Eal­ing, was jailed for four years af­ter be­ing found guilty of black­mail on the same date.

He cleared of kid­nap and false im­pris­on­ment.


n EX­TENDED SEN­TENCE: Dar­ren Vas­sell

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