Alleged kidnap victim got into car voluntarily to do a drug deal, court told

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A Felixstowe teenager has denied being involved in the alleged kidnapping and robbery of a youth in Woodbridge with three other teenagers.

Giving evidence during his trial at Ipswich Crown Court, 18-year-old Dylan Craft claimed that the alleged victim had got into a car in which he was a passenger voluntarily to do a drug deal and hadn’t been kidnapped or robbed.

Craft told the court his co-defendant Kai Mangar had told him he was going to give another of their co-defendants, Nolan Akuoko, a lift and he had decided to go along with them.

He said that after the alleged victim had got into Mangar’s car voluntarily at Fen Meadow in Woodbridge there had been a fight between the alleged victim and Akuoko.

Craft said he and Mangar had intervened to break it up and things had calmed down but Akuoko and the alleged victim had both had some injuries.

“There was no kidnapping and no robbery,” said Craft.

He said the alleged victim had transferred money from his bank account and no-one had forced him to do it.

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Craft said he didn’t know that the alleged victim was a Bitcoin trader and wasn’t aware that he’d posted something about Bitcoin on Snapchat on the day of the alleged kidnapping and robbery.

He denied that the alleged victim had been robbed of his coat and watch.

Craft, of Mill Lane, Felixstowe, Nolan Akuoko, 18, of Faraday Road, Ipswich, Kai Mangar, 19, of Brunswick Road, Ipswich and a 17-year-old youth from Ipswich, who can’t be named because of his age have denied kidnapping and robbing the alleged victim on December 14 last year.

Giving evidence, Akuoko said he had arranged to meet the alleged victim after advertising some cannabis he was selling via Snapchat. 

He said the alleged victim got into the car willingly and he denied robbing or threatening him with a liquid and claimed he was dropped off after an altercation in the car.

Akuoko said the alleged victim owed him £500 for cannabis he had previously supplied him but the teenager did transfer the money to him on December 14. 

It has been claimed the teenager was lured to Fen Meadow by one of the defendants and was then set upon by two others and bundled into the back of the VW Polo. 

The trial continues.