Gang who kidnapped bloke and tortured him in bathtub with acid convicted

A gang of four men who kidnapped and tortured a man over a row about dirty money have been convicted.

The victim, aged in his 30s, was “subjected to horrid violence” after he lost £10,000 belonging to Kevin Toonga, Bruno Pereira and Sabir Rashid.

It was alleged that — as well as being stripped naked, forced into a bathtub, beaten, and burned with acid — the victim was penetrated anally with a broom handle.

Toonga denied sexual assault and was cleared of that charge during the trial, but he was found guilty of kidnap, robbery, false imprisonment and blackmail at a trial on Wednesday.

Acid used in the torture was allegedly aimed at the victim's privates, which he desperately covered with his hands.

Describing a photo of the victim to jurors, prosecutor Linda Strudwick said he was "covering his genitals with his hand and that injury matches the injury to his thigh — in other words, he's covering them from the acid solution."

The victim was also robbed of his house keys, phone, bank card and £300 in cash after he was forced to reveal his pin number.

Baiyewu, 23, was found guilty of robbery and Rashid, also 23, was found guilty of kidnap, false imprisonment and robbery.

Pereira, 34, was found guilty of two counts of false imprisonment and one count of blackmail.

The four men are due to be sentenced at Inner London Crown Court today.

Detective Sergeant Paul Connell, who led the investigation, said: “This was a brutal and sustained attack which left the victim fearing for his life.

“Over a period of hours, he was held against his will and subjected to horrific violence – his ordeal only ending due to fears that neighbours in the flat where he was being held would hear his screams.

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“Whatever the events that preceded this, there is absolutely no justification for violence.

“I commend my team for the painstaking hours they committed to this investigation and the lengths they went to in bringing these offenders to justice.

“Thanks to their diligent work, a group of dangerous individuals have been convicted and will now face a significant period of time behind bars.”

Ibrahim Sanha was found not guilty and cleared on all charges at the same trial.

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