Two alleged victims of a £100,000 Sheffield kidnap plot were part of a ‘scam’, a court has heard.
Lawyers defending Ahmed Ismail, aged 22, Mubarrack Hassan, 24, and Gimal Foster, 30, said complainants Sajjid Anwar and Azad Hussain had lied to the jury and had different accounts of events.
Stephen Mejzner, defending Ismail, of Exeter Drive, Broomhall, told Sheffield Crown Court the complainants had ‘lied’ and the kidnap was a ‘scam’.
He said the ‘biggest inconsistency’ was the issue of knives allegedly being used by the defendants.
Mr Mejzner said: “Sajjid said there was one knife and the driver had it, Azad said there were two knives, one in the front and one in the back.
“If they were being threatened with a knife throughout the journey, how are they going to get that wrong?”
Errol Ballentyne, defending Foster, said there was ‘inconclusive’ DNA evidence that Mr Anwar’s blood was found in the barrel of the gun after one of the defendants allegedly had pressed it against his face.
He said: “It would be expected that blood would have been transferred.”
Mr Ballentyne added Mr Anwar had said he got into the car himself, while Mr Hussain said he was ‘dragged and shoved’ when the alleged kidnapping took place.
Ismail, Hassan, of Glossop Road, Broomhill, and Foster, deny two counts of kidnapping, two counts of false imprisonment, blackmail and possession of a firearm, relating to an incident in a flat on Gleadless Valley on January 9, 2015.
Foster, of Ironside Road, Gleadless Valley, has also been charged with two counts of possessing a class A drug with intent to supply and one count of possession of a firearm when prohibited.
The trial continues.