Men jailed for total of 21 years after false imprisonment in Thetford

Mariusz Winiarski - photo courtesy of Norfolk Police
Mariusz Winiarski - photo courtesy of Norfolk Police
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Four men have been jailed for a total of 21 years after kidnapping a man and holding him against his will last year.

The victim, who was also badly beaten during his ordeal, was walking along Gloucester Way, Thetford, when he was forced into a car at around 10.30pm on February 25, 2015.

Rafal Schmidla  - photo courtesy of Norfolk Police

Rafal Schmidla - photo courtesy of Norfolk Police

Four men were sentenced at Norwich Crown Court today (March 23) after being found guilty of a number of offences last month.

Mariusz Winiarski, 33, of Guildford Way, Thetford, was jailed for eight years for false imprisonment, ABH and producing controlled drugs.

Rafal Schmidla, 32, of Ely Way, Thetford, was jailed for six years for ABH and false imprisonment whilst Piotr Suchocki, 25, of Ash Close, Thetford, was jailed for five years for the same offences.

Daniel Jasinski, 27, of Foxglove Road, Thetford, was jailed for two years for false imprisonment.

Piotr Suchocki -  photo courtesy of Norfolk Police

Piotr Suchocki - photo courtesy of Norfolk Police

During the trial, the court heard how Schmidla, Suchocki and Jasinski drove up to the victim and threatened him with violence to get him into the car.

Jasinski was dropped off at an address in Thetford and the victim was taken to another address where Winiarski got in.

The trio continued to threaten the victim as they drove him to a wooded area near Mundford.

Once there, they pulled him out of the car and Schmidla and Winiarski punched and kicked him.

Daniel Jasinski - photo courtesy of Norfolk Police

Daniel Jasinski - photo courtesy of Norfolk Police

The victim was then ordered to remove his clothes and was again beaten whilst Schmidla filmed the brutality.

Suchocki took the victim’s clothes and the three men drove off leaving him alone, naked and beaten in the woods. They also took his mobile phone and wallet.

The car returned a short time later when some of the victim’s possessions were dumped on the ground and he was told he had learnt his lesson.

At around 1.35am, the victim was walking near the A11/A135 junction, without shoes or a coat, when he flagged down two police officers and told them he had been beaten.

Detective Constable Lisa Cook said: “I am pleased with today’s sentence. The victim in this case has shown great strength in coming forward and giving evidence. His trust in police has ensured that these men have been prosecuted and jailed.

“Norfolk Constabulary will continue to work with our local communities and partner agencies in order to identify victims and seek prosecution against anyone found breaking the law.”