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22 May 2012, 06:00
Two men have been found guilty of kidnapping and torturing a 32 year old Luton man.
Julian Hughes-John, aged 31, from Luxembourg Close, Luton, and Dean Reaside, aged 23, from Stephen’s Close, Luton had been charged with Kidnap and Grievous Bodily Harm in connection with an incident which happened in Luton on 24 March 2011.
A jury at Luton Crown Court had heard how keen sighted police officers had spotted a van parked in Selsey Road, and when the officers tried to speak to the van driver, Dean Wright, he drove away.
The van stopped a short distance away and Hughes-John together with Raeside ran away from the scene.
On checking the inside of the vehicle officers were shocked to find a 32 year old Luton man tied up and telling them he had been kidnapped as he walked home along Colin Road close to the junction of Stockingstone Road that evening.
The man had been assaulted and was taken to hospital for treatment and had to have a 6” drill bit from his ankle that had been used to torture him.
Dean Wright, aged 27, from Rivergate House, Luton, had appeared before Luton Crown Court on 8th September, 2011 and had pleaded guilty to GBH and was found guilty of Kidnap.
Kevin Hattle, aged 32, from Chesford Road, Luton had been charged with perverting the course of justice in connection with this incident and he had already pleaded guilty to this charge at a previous court hearing.
The officer in charge of this investigation, Detective Constable Tom Hamm, said: 'I am satisfied that the jury in this case has reached the correct verdict.
'This was a shockingly violent act and anyone who chooses to commit such acts within our county will feel the full force of the law as has happened in this case.'
All four will now re-appear before Luton Crown Court to be sentenced at a later date.
Pictured below: Dean Raeside, Dean Wright and Julian Hughes-John