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A gang of men have been jailed for tying up a student and torturing him in Hastings to make him hand over money.
Sam Simon lured the 21-year-old victim, who was his friend, to a house in Hastings before they tied him up and gagged, kicked and beat him with a hammer.
They then stuffed him into a body bag and threw him into a car where they discussed burying him before they assaulted him.
The victim suffered broken teeth, cuts and severe bruises and had to be treated at Conquest Hospital.
Jowad Ghemati then approached the victim and offered him thousands of pounds to drop the case.
Detective Sergeant Michael Burnage said: "Sam Simon lured his friend to his home with the sole intention of torturing and robbing him.
"The victim was both assaulted and left terrified that he was going to be murdered - a level of cruelty that seems inexplicable at the hands of someone he believed was his friend. A later attempt by one of the group to intimidate the victim into dropping the case thankfully was unsuccessful."