Kidnap and as­sault charges dropped against fa­ther

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A WELL-known Ash­ford wrestler was found dead at his home – soon af­ter charges that he lured a man to a field and held a gun to his head were dropped.

Maid­stone Crown Court heard how the ter­ri­fied man went to the de­serted field with An­dre Baker and his son Daniel.

John Kel­lam wept and begged for his life be­fore An­dre Baker pro­duced a Taser stun gun and sent an elec­tric shock through his shoul­der.

Louis French, pros­e­cut­ing, said Mr Kel­lam was also struck over the head with a gun, which was then fired into a tree in the field off the A20 near Hythe.

An­dre Baker, 45, faced charges of kidnap, as­sault caus­ing ac­tual bod­ily harm, pos­sess­ing a firearm with in­tent to cause fear of vi­o­lence and pos­sess­ing a pro­hib­ited weapon.

But the Crown Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice dropped the case against him af­ter it was de­cided the vic­tim could no longer be re­garded as a vi­able wit­ness.

His 18-year-old son Daniel ad­mit­ted kidnap and was given 12 months youth cus­tody sus­pended for two years af­ter a judge heard he was de­ter­mined to break away from his con­trol­ling and bul­ly­ing fa­ther.

Maid­stone Crown Court heard the back­ground about Daniel Baker’s pre­vi­ous re­la­tion­ship with Mr Kel­lam’s niece.

They split up af­ter hav­ing a child and there was ac­ri­mony be­tween them and com­ments made about the Baker fam­ily.

Mr French said Mr Kel­lam re­ceived a text mes­sage from An­dre Baker on Septem­ber 4 last year of­fer­ing him work and ar­rang­ing to pick him up .

The fa­ther and son, both of Prov­i­dence Street, Ash­ford, drove him to the field.

“Mr Kel­lam was told to get on his knees,” said the pros­e­cu­tor. “Then started fright­en­ing tac­tics.

“An­dre Baker put what was thought to be a gun to his right ear. He was told: ‘This is a warn­ing.’ Baker was asked why he had done it.

“He replied: ‘So you can hear it go off’, sug­gest­ing there might be a bang and he would be shot.”

Mr French said the Taser was used and Mr Kel­lam was struck with the gun. An­dre Baker warned: “Don’t tell any­one or it will be on your doorstep next time.”

The vic­tim was taken home and he did not re­port the mat­ter for about four weeks.

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