Man was found beaten and with burn marks after alleged kidnapping from near Christchurch Park, court hears

Ipswich Crown Court. Picture: SIMON PARKER

Ipswich Crown Court. Picture: SIMON PARKER - Credit: Archant

An Ipswich man who claims he was kidnapped at gunpoint and tortured by a group of men has described having his fingers hit with a hammer during his ordeal, a court has heard.

Giving evidence to a jury at Ipswich Crown Court via a video link today (Thursday) Aram Mohammidi said he was taken to a flat where seven or eight men were waiting.

Giving evidence to a jury at Ipswich Crown Court via a video link yesterday (Thursday), Aram Mohammidi said he was taken to a flat where seven or eight men were waiting.

Mr Mohammidi described how he made for a window and shouted for help before being pulled back.

He was then taken to the floor and gagged and blindfolded before allegedly being hit in the face around 50 times.

He said that during his ordeal his fingers were hit with a hammer and he lost all track of time.

He was allegedly put into a bag which was zipped up making it hard for him to breathe before being taken in a van to Harlow where he was found wandering dazed and badly beaten in a shopping centre car park.

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It has been alleged that Mr Mohammidi was kidnapped at gunpoint after getting into a car containing three men near Christchurch Park on June 23 last year and taken to a flat in Walthamstow.

Mr Mohammidi was allegedly kicked in the head and ribs and had a glove put in his mouth.

He was also allegedly blindfolded with a T-shirt and his arms and legs were tied up.

He also allegedly had acid poured in his eyes and heard someone ask for a hammer before feeling blows to his fingers.

He was eventually put into a black bag before allegedly being taken in a van to Harlow where he was found shirtless and dazed in a car park.

He had two black eyes, bruising all over his body, burn marks on his legs and arms, the fingers on one hand were deformed as if they had been broken or crushed and his wrists had red marks as if he had been tied up.

Before the court are Joao Bernardo, 28, of Woodbridge Road, Ipswich; Joao Rito, 23, of Windsor Road, Ipswich; Abubakar Sheikh, 32, of Buttsbury Road, Ilford and Samuel Nunes-Mercachita, 34, of Canvey Island.

Nunes-Mercachita, Rito and Bernardo have denied kidnap.

Sheikh has denied conspiring to kidnap, false imprisonment and causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

The trial continues.

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