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Carpenter jailed for kidnapping
A CARPENTER who bizarrely forced two teenagers into his car late at night and then drove them home, was jailed for 30 months at Southampton Crown Court.
Recorder Rufus Taylor told Jamie Kingston he had no idea what motivated him, “but it must have been terrifying for them.”
The pair were walking home in Bitterne in the early hours of the morning when a silver coloured Audi, driven by Kingston, overtook them and stopped.
He got out and asked if they had come from a house at the bottom of the road. When they said they hadn’t, he pulled out a knife from a jacket pocket.
Prosecutor Rebecca Austin said Kingston accused the two 18-yearolds of “smuggling” and waved the blade about.
They were very frightened and he insisted they should remove their shirts to prove it.
Satisfied they didn’t have any drugs, he demanded to see their identification.
When one produced his passport, the man told him, “You’re a member of the family. I know your uncle and dad.”
The other teenager said he wanted to go home and the man insisted they should get into the car and he would drive them.
The first teenager told jurors he did not recognise the man.
“I did not want to get into the car, I did not want a lift. We got in because we were scared.”
Ms Austin alleged that while they were in the car, the teen sent a text to his mother with a message saying he was in danger.
Jurors heard the man referring to himself as ‘Biggie’ and that if they wanted to be part of his gang, they should take cocaine.
The teenager said neither of them wanted to, but did so because his friend was panicking and he feared the man would stab him. “I wanted us to get out alive.”
Ms Austin said that the incident lasted about 30-40 minutes and after the man had driven away, they contacted the police detailing his tattoos and his T-shirt which bore the word ‘nasty.’ The first teenager’s mother then went on a social networking site and discovered ‘Biggie’ to be Kingston.
The following day, police arrested him at an associate’s home and recovered a knife and the T-shirt.
They also found some cocaine in his room.
Kingston admitted asking if the boys had cannabis but that they stripped off their tops voluntarily to show him because he said they were “both drunk”.
He admitted a knife was stored in his car but denied he had used it.
He told the court they agreed to get in his vehicle so he could drive them home and one of them snorted a line of cocaine from a DVD stored in the glove box.
He added: “I gave them a lift because I knew one of their fathers and the other was crying.”
Ms Hughes asked why the boys said otherwise and Kingston replied: “To get themselves out of trouble for taking drugs.”
Kingston, 36, of Salt Mead, St Denys, Southampton, was convicted of two counts of kidnap and one of possessing a bladed article but cleared of supplying cocaine.
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