THE mum of a 14-year-old boy snatched by a gang of kidnappers in Sheffield told a jury her son blamed his father for the abduction when he was freed.
The schoolboy was snatched outside Bir’s Beers off-licence on Staniforth Road, Darnall, dragged into a car and driven to Ringinglow before eventually being freed.
The gang demanded a £40,000 ransom from the teenager’s family and even threatened to chop the boy’s head off.
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 and blackmail.
The boy’s mother told jurors her son rowed with his dad after school on October 31 last year.
“It was loud shouting,” she said.
“My son and my husband are alike, this is why they clash. They’ve got a really good relationship.”
She said she dropped her son off outside Bir’s Beers and arranged to pick him up at 9pm.
But then she received a phone call from a friend at around 5.50pm saying her child had been ‘taken at gunpoint’.
She said relatives managed to raise £15,000.
The teen was freed after midnight, and he was reunited with his mum at Moss Way police station, jurors heard.
She said: “He seemed shocked. He said ‘It’s my dad’s fault.’ His voice was shaking.”
Tim Moloney QC, defending Miah, suggested the boy’s father was a drug dealer.
But the mum replied: “No - he’s had problems with drug abuse, not drug dealing.”
Breaking down, she added: “My son is deteriorating in front of my eyes. They took away his life. It’s breaking my heart.”
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.