Five men who kidnapped, beat and robbed a Sheffield restaurant owner before attempting to blackmail his father have been jailed for more than 29 years.
A police investigation found the offenders had carefully planned the attack, even using a tracking device on their victim’s van to find his home address.
The gang were sentenced to a total of 29 years imprisonment on Friday.
One evening in May 2015 the gang lay in wait as their victim locked his restaurant in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire.
They bundled the victim into his own van and drove to nearby Bestwood Country Park, during which time they punched, kicked, and cut him with a knife as well as threatening further violence.
The gang, who had already identified the victim’s home address in Sheffield, forced their captive to call his father, who was at the property, and tell him to leave jewellery and cash at the front of the house.
His terrified father pushed a wallet through the letterbox before jumping out of a window, running to a neighbouring house and calling the police.
The gang released their bleeding, bruised and severely traumatised victim into the woods to make his own way home. They had stolen just over £1,500 in cash, along with £6,000 of jewellery.
At Nottingham Crown Court they were jailed as follows: Rohan Blake, aged 36, of Park Road in Bestwood Village, jailed for nine years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to kidnap, conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to blackmail.
Nathaniel Simpson, 30, of Stoneycroft Road in Old Basford, jailed for eight years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to kidnap and conspiracy to commit blackmail.
Jayquon Kenton, 23, fof Constance Street, New Basford, jailed for five years and ten months after admitting conspiracy to commit robbery, possession of cocaine and heroin with intent to supply.
Ashley Walker, 25, of Highway Grove in Clifton, was jailed for four-and-a-half years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit blackmail and possession of crack cocaine with intent supply.
Curtis Matthews, a23, of Dungannon Road in Clifton, was jailed for one year eight months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit blackmail.
Detective Inspector Richard Bull, who led the investigation, said: “The victim endured a terrifying ordeal, which included a sustained physical assault and the fear that family members would be harmed. In fact he, his father and other relatives are still trying to come to terms with what happened and live in constant fear of it happening again."