Five people have been sentenced to a total of over 33 years’ imprisonment, after two men were kidnapped from an address in Leeds, transported to London at gunpoint and held hostage for several days.
On Thursday, 17 January, at Blackfriars’ Crown Court, the four men and one woman were sentenced as follows:
Huong Van Nguyen, 52 (02.03.66) of Berry Lane, Lambeth was convicted of two counts of kidnap, carrying an imitation firearm with criminal intent and false imprisonment. He was sentenced to 13 years’ imprisonment.
Trevor Thomas, 56 (20.03.62) of Mantlet Close, Lambeth was convicted of two counts of kidnap. He was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment.
Que Kieu, 53 (06.06.65) of Sutherland Mount, Leeds was convicted of two counts of kidnap. She was sentenced to 11 years’ imprisonment.
Michael Ryan, 59 (16.02.59) of Berry Lane, Lambeth was convicted of false imprisonment. He was sentenced to three-and-a-half years’ imprisonment.
Lloyd Barrow-Holness, 41 (20.02.77) of St Gothard Road, Lambeth was convicted of false imprisonment. He was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment.
The two victims were living in Leeds in Kieu’s house when Nguyen and Thomas drove to the premises from London on 27 January 2018.
One of the victims was threatened with a firearm and explosives and told to get in the car. He was then driven back to London and taken to the address of Michael Ryan, where he was hit with a claw hammer and subjected to further physical and mental abuse. He was forced to sleep in a small room, made to urinate into a bottle and was unable to leave the house.
Four days later, Nguyen and Thomas drove back up to Leeds and kidnapped the second victim. He was forced to endure similar conditions as the first victim. The men were held in separate rooms and moved between two different addresses.
On 4 February 2018, at approximately 10:00hrs, the second victim managed to escape from the second address on St Gothard Road in Lambeth.
The victim alerted a member of the public who called police. The first victim was located and rescued hours later by firearms officers. An investigation was launched by the Met’s Modern Slavery and Kidnap Unit and the five suspects were arrested between February and May 2018.
Officer in the case, Detective Constable Dean Irish, of the Met’s Modern Slavery and Kidnap Unit, said: “This was a complex investigation and I am pleased that it has resulted in the victims being found safe and substantial sentences being imposed on the defendants. This was a traumatic experience for the victims and I hope that this result goes some way to enabling them to move on with their lives.”