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Two men found guilty of kidnapping man in Haringey

News   •   Apr 06, 2018 18:02 BST

[Guilty]: Cook and Osei

Two men have been found guilty of kidnap following an incident in which a man was left with serious facial injuries.

Lee Osei, 38 (12.11.1979), of Priory Close, N14, and Christopher Cook, 31 (27.08.1986), of no fixed abode, were both found guilty of kidnap at Wood Green Crown Court following a two week trial.

Cook was further convicted of possession of a Class A drug.

The court heard that on Wednesday, 4 October 2017 at around 00:49hrs, police were called by members of the public who stated that they had seen a male being attacked and forced into a silver car by two other males on Marquis Road, Wood Green N22. The vehicle then fled the scene.

Police attended and a crime scene was put in place on Marquis Road.

As they carried out their enquiries, officers established that a male who had approached the crime scene before leaving at around 02:20hrs matched a description of one of the suspects provided by members of the public.

This man, Osei, later returned to the crime scene again at 05:00hrs and was subsequently arrested on suspicion of kidnap.

Cook was arrested in Bounds Green Road N11 having been identified by officers as the other male responsible.

Officers continued to search for the victim, a 47-year-old man, who was eventually discovered on High Road, N11, shortly after 11:00hrs on 5 October after members of the public called the London Ambulance Service following concerns for an injured male.

The victim was taken to hospital and was in a critical condition for a week. He was treated for facial fractures and swelling and a fractured ankle and continues to recover from his injuries to this day.

Officers established that the male, who was known to the suspects, had been sat in his car when he was approached and attacked following a personal dispute.

Osei was charged on 6 October 2017. Cook was charged on 10 October 2017 and remanded in custody.

They will be sentenced at Wood Green Crown Court on Thursday, 3 May.

Detective Constable Simon Phillips, of Haringey police, led the investigation. He said: “We are delighted to have secured this conviction for what was an abhorrent incident that left the victim with life-threatening injuries. We hope this will serve as a reminder that such violence will not be tolerated on the streets of London.”