Kidnap and torture case trio have sentences cut.
Byline: Ben Hurst Staff Reporter email@example.com
THREE Birmingham men who were jailed after a man was kidnapped, falsely imprisoned and tortured with hammers have had their sentences cut by judges.
e victim was held captive for almost 28 hours, stripped naked, beaten and stabbed after he was kidnapped in Kidderminster in August 2013.
e 37-year-old had been hunted for four years over an alleged debt by one of his kidnappers, Tariq Mahmood.
It had led to him being forced to move with his family 17 times to stay out of Mahmood's clutches.
When Mahmood nally caught up with him, he was subjected to a terrifying ordeal which left him bleeding, bruised and with fractured ankles.
For organising the ordeal, Mahmood, 43, of Castle Hill Drive, Castle Bromwich, was jailed for 17 years at Worcester Crown Court last year.
After the original case Detective Superintendent Paul Williamson from West Mercia Police said: "In this case (the victim) was lucky to escape alive, but has suered lifechanging psychological and physical injuries."
Court of Appeal judge Mr Justice Gilbart said it had been a "brutal, savage and degrading" crime.
"It was not simply that it involved a sustained attack on a defenceless victim with hammers, the violence was sadistic and took some hours,' he said.
"He was naked and defenceless and had his feet tied. It was also a crime carried out for money or, at the very least, a reprisal for nonpayment of money."
But he said Mahmood should have received more credit for pleading guilty to conspiracy to kidnap, false imprisonment, wounding and intentional GBH.
e judge., sitting with Lord Justice Burnett and Judge Richard Grith-Jones, cut his 17-year sentence to 16 years and two months.
Paul Che Murray, 43, of Linwood Court, Erdington, had been involved from the beginning and in the violence.
He had his 15-year term for conspiracy to kidnap, false imprisonment and intentional GBH cut to 14 years and four months.
Tehery Mahmood, 39, of Mears Drive, Stechford, who only got involved after the victim was kidnapped, got 14 years for false imprisonment and intentional GBH. He had his sentence cut to 12 years after the Appeal Court was told he has learning diculties and was under his brother, Tariq's, inPSuence.
But Kulbir Singh Bains, 43, of Gilson Road, Coleshill, saw his 17-year sentence for conspiracy to kidnap, false imprisonment and intentional GBH upheld by the judges.
"We consider that Kulbir Bains was a very considerable gure in this shocking series of crimes," said the judge.
From left, Tariq Mahmood, Tehery Mahmood and Paul Murray |