Four Thetford men convicted of false imprisonment

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Four men have been found guilty of false imprisonment following a trial involving a victim being held against his will in a vehicle in Thetford before being badly beaten.

Mariusz Winiarski, 33, of Guildford Way, Thetford, was found guilty of false imprisonment, actual bodily harm (ABH) and producing controlled drugs at Norwich Crown Court today after a four week trial.

Rafal Schmidla, 32, of Ely Way, Thetford, and Piotr Suchocki, 25, of Ash Close, Thetford, were both been found guilty of assault occasioning ABH and false imprisonment.

Daniel Jasinski, 27, of Foxglove Road, Thetford, was found guilty of false imprisonment, whilst Jerzy Rudnicki, 40, of Fengate Drove, Weeting, was found guilty of production of cannabis.

The court heard how, at around 10.30pm on February 25, 2015, the victim was walking along Gloucester Way when Schmidla, Suchocki and Jaskinski, approached him in a car.

They stopped and threatened him with violence before driving off with him in the car.

Jaskinski was then dropped off at an address in Thetford. The victim continued to be threatened as he was taken to another address where Winiarski got in the car.

Winiarski, Schmidla and Suchocki then drove the victim to a wooded area near Mundford whilst continually threatening him.

Once they got there the victim was pulled out of the car and continually punched and kicked by Schmidla and Winiarski.

The victim was then ordered to remove his clothes before being beaten again whilst Schmidla filmed the whole ordeal.

Suchocki took the victim’s clothes before all three men got in the car leaving the victim alone, naked and beaten in the woods. They also took his mobile phone and wallet containing his bank and ID cards.

The car returned a short time later and the victim saw some of his possessions dumped on the ground before being told that he had learnt his lesson.

At around 1.35am, the victim was walking with no shoes on and no coat on, near to the A11/A135 junction, when he flagged down two police officers and told them he had been beaten.

Winiarski, Schmidla, Suchocki, Jasinski and Rudnicki were later arrested and charged.

DC Lisa Cook said: “I would like to take this opportunity to commend the victim in this trial for the strength he has shown in giving evidence. His trust in police has helped secure this prosecution.

“Norfolk Constabulary will continue to work with our local communities and partner agencies in order to identify victims and seek prosecution against anyone found breaking the law.”

Four of the men have been remanded in custody to be sentenced at Norwich Crown Court at a later date.

Rudnicki will be sentenced for production of cannabis later today.