Five men jailed for 29 years after kidnapping Sheffield restaurant owner and blackmailing his dad for cash

Nathaniel Simpson, aged 30, formerly of Stoneycroft Road in Old Basford, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to kidnap and conspiracy to commit blackmail. He was jailed for eight years.
Nathaniel Simpson, aged 30, formerly of Stoneycroft Road in Old Basford, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to kidnap and conspiracy to commit blackmail. He was jailed for eight years.
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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.

Jayquon Kenton, aged 23, formerly of Constance Street, New Basford, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery having previously pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine and heroin with intent to supply: Five years and ten months.

Jayquon Kenton, aged 23, formerly of Constance Street, New Basford, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery having previously pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine and heroin with intent to supply: Five years and ten months.

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.

Ashley Walker, aged 25, formerly of Highway Grove in Clifton, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit blackmail and possession of crack cocaine with intent supply, after the Class A drug was found during a search of his home: Jailed: Four-and-a-half years.

Ashley Walker, aged 25, formerly of Highway Grove in Clifton, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit blackmail and possession of crack cocaine with intent supply, after the Class A drug was found during a search of his home: Jailed: Four-and-a-half years.

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.

Rohan Blake, aged 36, formerly of Park Road in Bestwood Village, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to kidnap, conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to blackmail: Nine years.

Rohan Blake, aged 36, formerly of Park Road in Bestwood Village, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to kidnap, conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to blackmail: Nine years.

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."