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A group of Stourbridge friends who kidnapped a man and subjected him to a brutal and sustained assault in the summer of 2015 have been jailed for over 25 years following a three week trial.
Asa Cartwright, aged 30, his sister Charlotte Cartwright, aged 23, her boyfriend Jak Skeldon aged 26, Ricky Green, aged 26 and Ashleigh Round, aged 24, were found guilty of offences including kidnapping, false imprisonment and assault on March 1st, following a three week trial at Wolverhampton Crown Court.
Their 25 year old victim was found wandering in Wassell Grove Lane, West Mercia on May 10th 2015, having sustained serious injuries all over his body. He had been dumped there by Ashleigh Round in a woman’s onesie which the group dressed him in after removing his own clothes during the course of the assault.
He was initially too scared to tell police what had happened to him, but on June 3 spoke to officers to tell them he had been attacked at the Black Country Boxing Club in Lye.
He claimed Asa Cartwright had launched the attack and was then joined by his sister Charlotte, as well as Green and Skeldon. His head was repeatedly stamped upon and he was repeatedly kicked and punched, had a samurai sword held to his throat and had his face slapped and hair pulled.
He passed out and next woke up tied to a chair at the back of the club soaking wet and with his top removed. The assault then continued with the victim being moved to a number of different locations at the club whilst during periods of unconsciousness.
Round, who had been a lifelong friend of the victim, also joined them before then driving him to the lane some miles away and dumping him.
From left to right: Asa Cartwright, Jak Skeldon, Ricky Green, Charlotte Cartwright, Ashleigh Round
All the defendants denied the claims throughout questioning and said the victim’s injuries must have been caused by somebody else. But a thorough police investigation found DNA in the onesie he was wearing which matched that of Charlotte Cartwright and proved a clear link between the two.
Mobile phone evidence, identity parades and evidence from other witnesses also compellingly proved the victim was telling the truth about what had happened.
They were sentenced on Wednesday (12 April).
DC Pete Miller from the Regional Organised Crime Unit said: “For very obvious reasons the victim was extremely nervous about talking to us about what had happened to us on that night, despite the serious nature of the attack.
“For that reason some CCTV opportunities were lost to us and evidence from the scene was also not available. However, we were still able to build a compelling case from witnesses who saw the victim that night and from the DNA and mobile phone evidence which all corroborated exactly what he said.
“I am pleased we have been able to successfully secure good sentences and take these dangerous people off the streets of the West Midlands for a lengthy period of time. “Fortunately the victim has gone on to make a good recovery from his injuries, but given the brutality of what happened that night, the outcome could have been a lot worse. He will still have to live with the psychological scars from that night for a long time to come."
Asa Cartwright: 6 years imprisonment for false imprisonment, (plus 2 sentences of 3 years each for 2 counts of actual bodily harm to run concurrently).
Jak Skeldon: 6 years imprisonment for false imprisonment, (plus 2 sentences of 3 years each for 2 counts of actual bodily harm to run concurrently).
Ricky Green: 6 years imprisonment for false imprisonment, (plus 2 sentences of 3 years each for 2 counts of actual bodily harm to run concurrently).
Charlotte Cartwright: 4.5 years imprisonment for false imprisonment, (plus 2 sentences of 3 years each for 2 counts of actual bodily harm to run concurrently).
Ashleigh Round: 3 years imprisonment for kidnap.
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