Three men have been jailed for a combined total of 34 and a half years after being found guilty of kidnapping, grievous bodily harm with intent and robbery in Sheerwater in March 2017 for their parts in a prolonged and sustained attack which left the victim with multiple stab wounds, two broken cheek bones and a broken nose.
Dwayne Lothian, 37 of Comerford Road, Brockley, was sentenced to 12 years in prison, at Guildford Crown Court today (26 April), after being convicted on 22 February following a week-long trial at Guildford Crown Court for his part in the attack.
Two other men involved, Craige Adisi, 32-years-old, and Mark French, 31-years-old, have already been sentenced in relation to the same offences. Reporting restrictions which were put in place were lifted following Lothian’s conviction.
French was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison after pleading guilty on 1 August 2018, while Adisi was jailed for 15 years after being found guilty of the charges on 13 October 2017.
On 8 March 2017, Adisi texted the victim, who he knew through a mutual acquaintance, to meet him outside his home address in Sheerwater. The victim got in the back of a waiting vehicle driven by French, whilst two other men, one of them being Lothian, climbed in either side of him, trapping him in the back seat. The fourth man has never been identified.
Adisi engaged the victim in conversation, which became increasingly aggressive, and led to Adisi demanding money from the victim.
The victim was then subjected to a prolonged and violent assault, including being repeatedly stabbed in the thigh with a screwdriver and punched in the face, whilst being driven around.
The victim was also forced to contact a family member to facilitate getting the money and to leave it in an agreed location for his attackers to collect.
However, they were not satisfied with the amount and subjected their victim to a further assault, with one of them even attempting to attack the victim with a drill.
As well as the money, the suspects also robbed the victim of his mobile phone, a gold ring and a silver chain.
Following his 50 minute ordeal, the victim was eventually thrown out and left on the side of the road along the A320 near Ottershaw. He managed to stagger to a nearby house for help, where the occupants called the emergency services.
All three suspects were identified by the victim and were arrested after analysis of their mobile phones showed they were in the area at the time and date the attack took place.
Adisi was located in the days after the attack, while French was arrested in July 2017. Lothian remained at large until July 2018 when he was arrested by police following his attendance at court for another matter.
Detective Constable Michael Taylor, who investigated the crime, said: “The victim was subjected to a horrific and terrifying ordeal over a 50 minute period. As well as the extremely serious injuries he suffered, he was constantly being threatened with far more serious injuries if he didn’t comply throughout this time. He will have to live with the after-effects of such an ordeal for the rest of his life.
“Our team has worked hard to ensure that Lothian, along with French and Adisi, were brought before the courts for their heinous crimes, and I hope that the sentences given to them will help the victim come to terms with what has happened to him.
“I also hope that the jail sentences which have been given to all three men will reassure the Surrey public that we will do everything we can to ensure that those committing such violent attacks are found and brought to justice.”