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Drugs gang guilty of violent assaults
Members of a drugs gang from North London have been jailed for kidnapping and abusing two men over an £11,000 drug debt.
The five men were sentenced to a total of 49 years at Harrow Crown Court yesterday following a four month trial.
The jury found the men guilty of kidnapping and systematically assaulting and abusing the victims who had failed to sell on a stash of drugs given to them by Farzad Sajadi, 22, from Symphony Close, Edgware.
The victims, who have not been named to protect their identities, were handed £3,500 and £7,500 worth of class A drugs, but due to the poor quality, they couldn't raise the money to pay back the gang.
After a series of threats and violent attacks on the victims police were able to track down and arrest Sajadi, along with fellow gang members Victor Ombu, 25, also from Symphony Close, Edgware, Danny Deyemi, 24 and Shahin Shams, 27, both from North West London, and Arman Andvari, 22, from Myddleton Road, Wood Green.
They were all found guilty and sentenced to jail terms of at least 12 years.
At a previous hearing Sajadi had been found guilty of: two counts of kidnap; three counts of false imprisonment; three counts of causing grievous bodily harm with intent; one count of causing actual bodily harm; two counts of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent; two counts of blackmail; possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition without a license.
He was jailed for a minimum of 10 years and placed on the sex offenders' register for life. He has also been recommended for deportation back to Iran.
Ombu was found guilty of: one count of false imprisonment; one count of causing actual bodily harm; one count of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and two counts of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent.
He received a total of nine years in prison and was placed on the sex offenders' register for life.