Gang kidnap boy before stripping and beating him after he refuses to sell drugs

A gang kidnapped a 14-year-old boy, stripped him naked and beat him after he refused to sell drugs for them.

Cameron Wynne, 18, Clinton Prowell, 21, and Hamzah Ahmed, 26, carried out the brutal attack in Hull, east Yorkshire, on October 5, 2019.

They pulled up next to the boy in a black car as he was walking alone near some shops.

The child got into the back seat and was driven around the city at speed, Hull Live reports.

Wynne and Prowell punched the victim several times before getting out of the car and continuing the assault through an open back door.

The pair then took the boy on a short drive until they stopped to allow Ahmed and a fourth accomplice to enter the vehicle, with the youngster sat between the two on the backseat.

Ahmed started kicking and punching him before the unknown fourth male pulled out a stun gun and used it upon the victim several times.

The four men then stopped in a park where they dragged the 14-year-old out of the car.

After threatening to strangle the boy if he screamed, and after making threats to go to his house and stab his mum and siblings if he "snitched”, he was forced to strip naked.

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The terrifying ordeal came to an end when the four men saw that the youngster was bleeding and let him run away without his clothes.

He was found cowered down by a road sign crying by a passer-by who took him into her own home, clothed him and called the police.

The boy had initially been forced into selling cannabis by his own dad, who is currently wanted by police.

Judge John Thackray QC described the kidnapping as “one hour of pure terror” for the victim, who is now “constantly looking over his shoulder” and has made attempts to take his own life, Hull Crown Court heard.

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Wynne, of Stonebridge Avenue, east Hull, has since been sentenced to four years in a young offender’s institute.

Hamzah Ahmed, who was serving a two-year suspended sentence for dealing Class A drugs at the time of the offence, was sentenced to nine years for his role in the kidnapping.

Clinton Prowell, of no fixed abode, was given a 12-and-a-half year sentence after Judge Thackray considered him a dangerous offender.

He was given an eight-and-a-half-year sentence for his role in the kidnapping with a four year extended licence added on top.

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Judge Thackray told them: “Over the last two to three years courts have become well familiar with criminal gangs recruiting children or young adults to sell drugs as it no doubt reduces the risk of detection.

“It was unheard of but it is now far more common, causing destruction in our communities. Incredibly and depressingly, your young victim’s father was involved in arranging for his son to supply drugs on your behalf.

“It made your victim vulnerable, not just because of his young age but his personal circumstances in not having a responsible father to turn to for support.

“You all knew that and you exploited it. When your victim made it clear he didn’t wish to be involved the three of you plotted his punishment.”

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