THE father of a 14-year-old boy kidnapped by a gang of thugs told a jury he felt ‘sick and numb’ when he realised his son had been abducted.
The boy was snatched outside Bir’s Beers off-licence on Staniforth Road, Darnall. He was dragged into a car and driven to Ringinglow before eventually being freed.
Four men - Abdal Miah, aged 29, Liban Mohammed, 20, Anjam Shaffique, 30, and Carlos Treazure, 27 - are on trial at Sheffield Crown Court accused of kidnapping the schoolboy.
The boy’s father told jurors he rushed to Bir’s Beers when his wife was told something had happened to their son at around teatime on October 31 last year.
He said his phone then rang at just before 7.10pm, and a man spoke to him, saying, ‘We’ve got your son, we want 40 bags. If not we will start cutting pieces out of him.’
“I felt sick and numb, I didn’t know what to do,” the father said.
“If I had £40,000 I would’ve given it to them, but I didn’t.”
The court heard police recordings of tense calls between the dad and the kidnappers, who threatened to chop off the schoolboy’s head if they weren’t paid.
In one of the calls, the boy was allowed to speak, telling his father, ‘I don’t want to die.’
And in another, the dad said, ‘I don’t do what I used to do, I don’t know what you think.’
He explained to the jury: “I’ve done other things when I was younger but that was my past.”
Giving evidence, the boy said he was now ‘too scared to go out’. But Mark George QC, defending Mohammed, told the boy the kidnap plot was a ‘fantasy’, claiming: “This was done by some mates of yours.”
Mohammed, of Balfour Drive, Darnall; Shaffique, of Sandford Grove, Nether Edge; Treazure, of Norfolk Road, Norfolk Park; and Miah, of no fixed address, deny kidnapping and blackmail.
The trial continues.
By Richard Blackledge