‘Back from the dead to take woman hostage’

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A WOMAN was held hostage by a man who she had pre­sumed to be dead, a court was told.

Gary Johns, 46, and his part­ner Den­nevla Buntin, 22, tied up the woman and tried to force her into mak­ing a sex tape to use against her if she “grassed him up” to po­lice, it was claimed.

The mum-of-one was also threat­ened at knife­point and told two vans were wait­ing out­side the cou­ple’s Hack­ney flat to take her away, Snares­brook Crown Court heard.

The woman was sub­jected to the 24-hour or­deal when she went to col­lect her Amer­i­can pit­bull ter­rier from Buntin, who had been caring for the dog while she vis­ited Nige­ria.

Pros­e­cu­tor Matthew Dal­ton said: “She was sur­prised be­cause she thought Mr Johns was dead, hav­ing been told this in Fe­bru­ary last year.”

When she said she needed to col­lect her daugh­ter from school Johns in­sisted she could not leave be­cause she now knew he was alive and would in­form po­lice.”

The woman only man­aged to es­cape the next day.

Buntin, of Colch­ester, and Johns, of no fixed ad­dress, both deny false im­pris­on­ment.

The trial con­tin­ues.

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