Two jailed for 'sadistic' torture of man in drugs dispute

Two jailed for 'sadistic' torture of man in drugs dispute

TWO men have each been jailed for 15 years after they poured boiling water on a kidnapped man’s genitals in a £300,000 drugs dispute.

Sakhawat Hussain and former professional footballer Andre Clarke were found guilty on Monday of the kidnap and ‘sadistic’ and ‘humiliating’ torture of 32-year-old Michael Dewar.

Leeds Crown Court court heard that Dewar’s Batley home was being used as a ‘factory’ for cocaine and heroin, with drugs paraphernalia and dealer lists discovered by police following the incident.

Hussain, of Hawthorn Avenue, Batley, and Clarke, of Wood Lane, Newsome, Huddersfield, first went to Dewar’s house on West Park Terrace, Healey, on January 23 following a dispute over a kilo of cocaine that had gone missing.

They threatened the victim’s pregnant girlfriend with a knife, with Clarke warning: “You better start talking or I’m gonna cut it out.”

Around 1kg of cocaine had allegedly been stolen in an alleyway behind Healey Mini Market following the transfer of a package thought to contain the drug.

Three days later, father-of-five Hussain, 35, and 30-year-old Clarke, who had a short-lived football career with Blackburn Rovers, visited Dewar’s house again, and accused him of stealing it.

They tied him up and assaulted him in the cellar while his young son, girlfriend and father were upstairs, before pulling his hat down over his eyes and bundling him into a car.

They kidnapped him and took him to a flat in Lidgate Gardens, Batley Carr, where the 32-year-old was stripped naked and held down on a sofa.

One of the men put Dewar’s legs above his head, in his words ‘like you’d change a baby’s bum’, and poured boiling water over his buttocks and genitals.

Dewar was threatened and assaulted with axes, a baseball bat, a hammer and a knife, and was made to dance and sing to Whitney Houston songs.

Another man held his family prisoner in their home overnight, warning them that the house was being watched as he left.

The 11-hour ordeal was only ended when Hussain eventually fell asleep and Dewar escaped by cutting himself free with a blade.

He suffered fractures to his nose, cheek and upper and lower jaw bones, bruising and swelling to his face and arms, and blisters and skin loss on his legs, buttocks and genitals.

Following a five-week trial, the jury unanimously found Hussain and Clarke guilty of affray, kidnapping, causing grievous bodily harm with intent and two counts of false imprisonment.

Hussain’s lawyer said his client was just a ‘link in the chain’ in the drugs business, while mitigator Khadim Al’Hassan denied that Clarke had a leading role in the offences.

Judge Robin Mairs said: “The backdrop to these offences is the trade of Class A drugs.

“It is a lucrative trade carried out by those with no regard for the law. The stakes are high and those involved have little compulsion in resorting to violence.”

Detective Inspector Mark Catney, of Kirklees CID, who led the investigation, said: “These individuals are involved in the depths of criminality and we welcome the sentences which have been passed down.

“I would like to praise my team, who have tirelessly worked on this investigation to uncover the series of events which took place.

“Their dedication and commitment has resulted in Hussain and Clarke being successfully convicted of abhorrent and violent crimes.

“I hope that these sentences act as a clear warning to anyone involved in criminality that it will not be tolerated in Kirklees.”

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