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Men found guilty of false imprisonment and drugs offences after victim beaten and left naked in woods

Four men were found guilty of false imprisonment, and one of drugs offences Credit: Norfolk Police

Four men have been found guilty of false imprisonment following a trial involving a victim being held against his will in a vehicle in Thetford before being badly beaten.

Mariusz Winiarski, aged 33 and of Guildford Way in Thetford, has been found guilty of one count of false imprisonment, one count of ABH and one count of producing controlled drugs at Norwich Crown Court today (Thursday 4 February) after a four week trial.

Two other men, Rafal Schmidla, aged 32 of Ely Way, Thetford and Piotr Suchocki, aged 25 and of Ash Close, Thetford, have both been found guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and false imprisonment.

Daniel Jasinski, aged 27 and of Foxglove Road, Thetford, has been found guilty of false imprisonment, whilst Jerzy Rudnicki, aged 40 and from Fengate Drove in Weeting, has been found guilty of production of cannabis.

The court heard how, at around 10.30pm on Wednesday 25 February 2015, the male victim was walking along Gloucester Way when Schmidla, Suchocki and Jaskinski, approached in a car.

They stopped and threatened him with violence before driving off with him. Jaskinski was then dropped off at an address in Thetford. The victim continued to be threatened as he was taken to another address where Winiarski got in to the car.

Winiarski, Schmidla and Suchocki then drove the victim to a wooded area near Mundford whilst continually threatening him. Once they got there the victim was pulled out of the car and continually punched and kicked by Schmidla and Winiarski. The victim was then ordered to remove his clothes before being beaten again whilst Schmidla filmed the whole ordeal.

Suchocki took the victim’s clothes before all three men got in the car leaving the victim alone, naked and beaten in the woods. They also took his mobile phone and wallet containing his bank and ID cards.

The car returned a short time later and the victim saw some of his possessions dumped on the ground before being told that he had learnt his lesson.

At around 1.35am, the victim was walking with no shoes on and no coat on, near to the A11/A135 junction, when he flagged down two police officers and told them he had been beaten.

Winiarski, Schmidla, Suchocki, Jasinski and Rudnicki were later arrested and charged.

Four of the men have been remanded in custody to be sentenced at Norwich Crown Court at a later date. Rudnicki will be sentenced for production of cannabis later this afternoon.

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.

"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.”

– DC Lisa Cook


Update: Sperm whale stranded off Hunstanton

A picture of the whale taken by a local naturalist Credit: Robert S J Smith

British Divers Marine Life Rescue have confirmed they're not trying to save the whale stranded off the Norfolk Coast. A spokesperson said the whale was already close to death.

The young male sperm whale washed up on a sandbank at Old Hunstanton.

It comes about two weeks after another sperm whale died after becoming stuck in shallow waters in Hunstanton.

Shortly afterwards four sperm whales washed up on the Lincolnshire coast.

Experts say 2 whales were washed up overnight in Germany, and 1 was found in Holland.

Elderly man threatened with iron bar during robbery

Elderly man threatened with iron bar in Tipps End, Norfolk. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

An elderly man was threatened with what is thought to have been an iron bar when two men forced their way into his home in West Norfolk.

It happened at Wisbech Road in Tipps End, near Welney, last Thursday, January 28th, between 5.10pm and 5.30pm in the evening.

The men stole cash before running away.

The victim was not hurt.


Man and woman injured in serious crash in Norfolk

Two people have been injured following a serious crash in Little Plumstead last night.

A silver Mini Cooper, travelling along Norwich Road, and a black Mercedes, heading in the same direction, were involved in a collision between Broad Lane and Salhouse Road.

A woman aged in her late teens, driving the Mini was taken to hospital with serious injuries after hitting a tree.

A man in his early 20s, was also taken to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital with a hand injury.

The road was blocked whilst emergency services attended and re-opened shortly before 10pm.

Man charged with murder of India Chipchase

20-year-old India Chipchase

Northamptonshire Police have charged a man with the murder of 20-year-old India Chipchase from Northampton.

51-year-old Edward Tenniswood from Stanley Road in Northampton is due before Northampton Magistrates today.

India Chipchase disappeared after a night out in Northampton at the weekend. She was last seen in Bridge Street at 1.15am on Saturday 30th January.

A post mortem examination concluded that India died as a result to pressure to the neck.

Praise for region's 'first class' ambulance service

The region’s ambulance workers has been praised in a new survey Credit: ITV News Anglia

Ambulance workers in this region have been praised in a new survey.

More than 95 per cent of patients asked said they were 'very satisfied', 'satisfied' or 'fairly satisfied' with the East of England Ambulance Service.

The latest patient experience report also found that nine out of ten patients rated the length of time they waited for a response as 'acceptable'.

“It is very heartening to read so many positive comments from our patients and such high satisfaction ratings.

This is a testament to the dedication and hard work of all of our staff in the East of England.

We value all feedback from our patients because it helps us to improve the service we deliver.”

– Robert Morton, Chief Executive, EEAST
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