Four thugs kidnapped and torturing Brit ex-schoolboy before demanding £6k ransom

Four friends have been found guilty of the kidnap and torture of a Brit ex-schoolboy, who they chained to a step ladder and demanded £6,000 for his release.

The ransom plot that left Sam Demilecamps, 26, chained to a ladder, has found four friends guilty of kidnap and torture after police traced the schoolboy's mobile phone.

There, they found Demilecamps, eating scraps of food in a dingy flat where he had been held for a grim eight days in Monte San Giusto, Italy.

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Following the kidnapping and ransom demands plot, Rubens Beliga Gnaga, 19, Ahmed Rajraji, 22, Dona Conte, 23, and Aurora Carpani, 21, were all arrested and now found guilty.

Prosecutor Antonino Nastase called for prison sentences of between eight and 10 years for the four, with a closed doors hearing taking place for the court case.

There, Nastase declared that the ordeal had been "horrific and traumatic" for Demilecamps, who had been traced back to the apartment after police tracked his phone.

Speaking of the horror incident, Demilecamps said: "My captors had seen me spending lavishly. They kicked and punched me, used a taser and pepper spray, then dragged me into a car and gave me tranquilisers.

"They drove me to Monte San Giusto. I was held underwater in a bath and beaten."

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Following a fast track trial, the four members of the gang were sentenced, with judge Federico Zampoli sentencing Rajraji to eight years, Conte and Gnaga to five years and two months, while Carpani received three years and three months.

No members of the gang will be immediately sent to prison, though, and will instead serve part of their sentence under house arrest while an automatic plea is considered.

It appears the gang had known Demilecamps before his kidnapping, with Rajraji's phone showing a video of their captive diving off of rocks into a river with the group.

Rajraji's lawyer, Vando Scheggia, speaking to DailyMail, said: "As we have always said this was no kidnap plot and my client and the other accused all deny the charges against them."

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