Pair who ‘showed no mercy’ jailed after kidnapping and seriously assaulting man

TWO men who admitted kidnapping and seriously assaulting a man in Colchester over a drug debt have been jailed. A dog walker had reported to police they’d heard screaming and saw a person being forced into a pickup truck, which quickly sped off, in Homefield Road on Wednesday, January 8 2020. Shortly after, police received a report of a naked man covered in blood in Elm Close, Tiptree, who had been beaten up.

The victim told officers he had arranged to meet Carlos Reich and Ishmail Menevili but he did not have any money to give them. All three then got into a pickup truck and he was taken to an address and told to deliver a drugs package. As he was dropped off, he made his escape.

>>> Vicious thugs who stamped on man’s head during horrifying burglary jailed Reich and Menevili went to a nearby address, threatening the occupant, in an attempt to find him but left after discovering he wasn’t there. They continued to search the area and when they found the victim, he was beaten and forced into a vehicle.

He was driven to Elm Close where he was further assaulted and left stripped of his clothing. The victim, in his 30s, was hospitalised after he was beaten and sustained broken ribs, a punctured lung and bruising over his head and body. An investigation was launched by the Essex Police Serious and Organised Crime Unit and resulted in Menevili being arrested on February 11 and Reich arrested on February 19, in 2020.

The pair have now been jailed for kidnap, grievous bodily harm and affray offences after appearing at Ipswich Crown Court on Thursday (May 12). Carlos Reich, 26, of Carlton Road, Lower Edmonton, London, was jailed for a total of five years and two months. Ishmail Menevili, 29, of Church Street, Lower Edmonton, London was sentenced to a total of four years and five months in prison.

The two admitted to all charges when they appeared at the same court two days earlier. Detective Superintendent Lee Morton said: “The perpetrators of this offence have shown themselves to be violent and they showed no mercy in attacking the victim after he refused to do what they wanted him to do. “They carried out this attack showing that they valued the drugs more than they valued a person.

“The occupant of the property they attended was left traumatised from the threats made to them in their own home.

“It’s only right that they have been jailed for this terrible attack.”