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Thetford false imprisonment case verdict - with photos

Mariusz Winiarski
Mariusz Winiarski

Four Thetford men have been found guilty of false imprisonment 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 when he was forced into a car at around 10.30pm on February 25, 2015.

Daniel Jasinski
Daniel Jasinski

Last Thursday, at the conclusion of a four-week trial, Mariusz Winiarski, 33, of Guildford Way, Daniel Jasinski, 27, of Foxglove Road, Rafal Schmidla, 32, of Ely Way, and Piotr Suchocki, 25, of Ash Close, were all found guilty of false imprisonment.

Winiarski was also found guilty of actual bodily harm (ABH) and producing controlled drugs, while Schmidla and Suchocki were both also found guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The jury at Norwich Crown 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 into the car.

Rafal Schmidla
Rafal Schmidla

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.

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.

Piotr Suchocki
Piotr Suchocki

They returned a short time later, dumped the victim’s possessions on the ground and told him 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.

Winiarski, Schmidla, Suchocki and Jasinski were remanded in custody until their sentencing at a later date.

A fifth man, Jerzy Rudnicki, 40, of Fengate Drove, Weeting, was found guilty of producing cannabis and jailed for 12 months.

Jerzy Rudnicki
Jerzy Rudnicki

Dc Lisa Cook said: “I would like to take this opportunity to commend the victim in this trial for the strength he has shown in giving evidence.

“His trust in police has helped secure this prosecution.”


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