Barkingside man found guilty after kidnap victim threatened with rape and dumped in Gants Hill


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A Barkingside man has been found guilty after a man was kidnapped in Peterborough, driven across the country, assaulted and threatened with rape.

Nigel Collins, 38, of Fremantle Road, was found guilty of conspiracy to kidnap at Cambridge Crown Court on Monday.

The victim, a man in his 20s, was at his home in Peterborough on December 18 last year when he heard a knock at the door.

Before opening it, he asked who it was and a man replied saying it was the police.

He was greeted by Collins and and Alex Callcut, 31, of Highfield Road, Collier Row, who told him they wanted to speak to him about a matter in Ilford, and asked him to get in their car.

Suspecting something wasn’t right, the man told his wife to call the police and confirm the situation.

On hearing this the duo barged their way into the house, covered the victim’s head with a jumper and bundled him into the back of a Mitsubishi Warrior.

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They told him that he owed them £20,000, before beating him around the head and taking his mobile phone.

A third man, who was waiting in the back of the Mitsubishi, was identified as Tyssen Newland, 36, of Treecot Drive in Leigh-on-Sea.

Whilst driving to Dagenham, the victim was assaulted, threatened and made to call members of his family claiming he owed money and that they need to pay in order to secure his release.

The group eventually arrived in Dagenham at The Unorthodox Gym, in Rainham Road North, where they met its owner, Nina Siaperas, 38, who is also known as Nina Cranstoun, of Rushden Gardens in Clayhall.

A fourth man from Collier Row, Ross Bright, 30, of Highfield Road led the group inside the building.

Once inside, the victim was threatened with rape and continued to be physically assaulted and threatened with violence.

He was eventually driven to Perth Road, Gants Hill, where he was pushed out of the vehicle with his head still covered, wearing just shorts, a T-shirt and no shoes.

The desperate victim sought help from a landlord of a nearby pub.

Following an investigation by Cambridge Police, all four men and Siaperas were charged with conspiracy to kidnap earlier this year.

Bright and Newland pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing, while Collins and Callcut denied the charges against them and faced trial at Cambridge Crown Court.

On Monday, Collins and Callcut were both found guilty and all four men will be sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court tomorrow.

Ms Siaperas was found not guilty of conspiracy to kidnap.

Det Ch Insp Jerry Waite, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said: “Mobile phone evidence shows the defendants met on December 18 in the afternoon at the Unorthodox Gym before Newland, Collins and Callcut set off to Peterborough.

“This was clearly an organised kidnapping which has had a detrimental effect on not only the victim but also his family.”