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London Gang Jailed For 76 Years on Torture Conviction

Monday 4th August 2014

East London gang sentenced to 76 years in prison after being found guilty on charges relating to the kidnap, torture, and blackmail of a 20 year old man.


A gang who kidnapped, tortured, and blackmailed a 20 year old man in East London last September have been handed down prison sentences of more than 76 years in total. The seven men were all found guilty of the charges brought against them. Three of the men had previous convictions of conspiracy to kidnap, conspiracy to falsely imprison, and conspiracy blackmail.

Victor Latali (21), Ryan Ince (20), Josh Smith (22), Daniel Alleyne (22), Aaron Assante (22), Albertino De-Santos Santana (21), and Enrique Santana (20) were sentenced to prison terms totalling 76 years and 8 months after a jury heard how they kidnapped, tortured, and held a man for a ransom of £100,000.

During a trial at Old Bailey, a jury was told of how the victim was taken from a car park in Beckton and held for nearly 24 hours in a Canning Town flat on 24 September 2013.

During the 24 hours the man was held, the gang made numerous calls to his brother demanding money for his safe return.  The kidnappers tortured their victim, burning his skin and assaulting him while he was duct-taped naked to a chair.

The victim was rescued by armed police as the gang were in the process of moving the victim to a third location. During the arrest, police found a mobile phone which had been used to make a number of calls to the victim's brother.

The convictions were handed down as a result of the Metropolitan Police Service’s Kidnap and Specialist Investigation Unit. 

All parties declined to answer questions from the police and were subsequently charged and convicted of the crime. The longest sentence handed down among the men was for 14 years (Victor Latali) while the shortest was an eight year sentence (Enrique Santana).