Jailed: Peterborough gang who demanded £20,000 ransom in violent kidnapping

The six men were jailed for a total of 49 years. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A gang has been jailed for almost 50 years after a violent kidnapping in Peterborough.

The six men stripped and beat their victim in a property belonging to an innocent member of the public. They lured him in on November 14th last year by offering to sell him a designer watch.

While carrying out the attack, the gang rang his family and demanded £20,000 for his release.

Police were called and after negotiation a ransom of £10,000 was agreed and left in the boot of a parked car in Osier Avenue, Hampton.

The ransom was collected and the victim was left tied up in a car at around 5am the following day to be collected by his family.

Jonathan Lukeba, 23, of Delves Way, Hampton, and Varldo Araujo, 27, of Osier Avenue, Hampton, both admitted conspiracy to kidnap and were jailed for nine years.

Luca D'Agostino, 18, of Emperor Way, Peterborough, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to kidnap and was sentenced to six years.

Jordan Bolowa, 25, from Delves Way in Hampton, was found guilty of conspiracy to kidnap after a trial and sentenced to 12 years.

Jay Couto, 19, of Heron Park, Peterborough, who acted as a "scout" was also found guilty of conspiracy to kidnap and sentenced to three years.

Hamilton De Jesus, 18, from Lincoln Road in Peterborough, admitted conspiracy to kidnap and was jailed for 10 years.

"The sentences given to this group reflect the severity of the crime, which has had a profound effect on the victim, his family and the innocent member of public whose home was invaded during the incident."

Det Serg Andy Crocker,