A man has been jailed for kidnap after a woman was discovered in the boot of his car.
Shafak Abbas, 24 (27.2.93) of Wickford Street, E1 was sentenced on Friday, 29 September to 15 months’ imprisonment.
He had been found guilty on Friday, 15 September at Snaresbrook Crown Court, following a four-day trial.
Officers captured the incident on their Body Worn Videos. The footage, which was played during the trial, greatly assisted in the prosecution as it showed the victim being discovered in the boot of the car. It also captured Abbas’s admissions about driving whilst disqualified and being in possession of a firearm.
Specialist firearms officers in a police vehicle spoke to an occupant of a stationary vehicle on Tuesday, 18 April at 12:10hrs in Kingfield Street.
The occupant, Abbas, admitted he was not insured to drive the gold Mercedes. Due to his evasive behaviour when questioned, Abbas and the vehicle were searched and a BB gun was found in the foot-well of the passenger seat.
Abbas then told the officers that a 26-year-old woman, who was known to him, was locked in the boot of the car. Officers opened the boot and found the victim inside crying and in a distressed state.
Abbas had already been disqualified from driving by Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 10 June 2016 until 9 June 2018. He has further been disqualified from driving until 8 June 2021.
He was arrested on suspicion of kidnap, firearms offences, and driving offences and later charged with kidnap, driving whilst disqualified, no insurance and possession of a firearm.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Chris Bailey, said: “Body Worn Video evidence has greatly assisted us in securing this conviction. We will not tolerate violence and will do everything in our power to secure a prosecution and to ensure that justice is done."
The driving without insurance offence was not further actioned.