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A Stratford man has been jailed for 12 years after subjecting a man to a 20-hour ordeal of false imprisonment and torture.
The court heard how 32-year-old James Brinkworth beat, tortured and threatened his victim in a row over a supposed debt.
The false imprisonment began at around 10.30pm on Thursday, October 6, when the victim was prevented from leaving Brinkworth’s flat.
What then followed was hours of threats and violence.
At the same time, Brinkworth made contact with the victim’s family demanding that they send over hundreds of pounds to prevent the victim being harmed.
The following day the victim escaped from the flat – and police were called.
Though Brinkworth initially denied the allegations, he pleaded guilty in court and on Monday, December 5, he received a 12-year sentence.
Detective Sergeant Jen Baker said: “I welcome the sentence handed down to Brinkworth at court.
"He is now behind bars and unable to cause harm to others.
"I hope the sentence goes some way to helping the victim recover from his ordeal.”
Issued by: AG, Corporate Communications.
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