Two men who kidnapped and tortured two brothers in Stoke Newington five years ago, were convicted yesterday (Tuesday 6 March) at Snaresbrook Crown Court.
Ex-para trooper, Anthony Malone, 40, who served in Ulster, was found guilty of two counts of kidnap, two counts of false imprisonment and two counts of actual bodily harm against both Mohammed and Haq Narwaz. Ranjit Gorja also 40, was convicted of two counts of actual bodily harm against the two brothers.
Malone was convicted following his extradition from Afghanistan where he fled following the offence – the first ever extradition from Afghanistan to the UK.
Gojra will be sentenced today and Malone on Tuesday 3 April.
The court heard that in 2007, things went sour over a property deal Mohammed Narwaz was involved in.
A dispute arose around the financing of the deal and, following a heated phone conversation, a meeting was arranged at offices in Wilmer Place, Stoke Newington, for 7pm on Friday 20 April 2007 between the parties involved. Mohammed, then aged 27, took along his older brother Haq, then aged 51.
The brothers were invited into an office where Gojra, Malone and another man were standing at the back of the room. Soon an argument erupted with Gorja accusing Mohammed of owing him money.
Gojra and Malone then searched the victims and removed some of their clothing. Malone used handcuffs to secure their hands and legs. The pair proceeded to assault Mohammed and a hessian sack placed over his head before Gojra punched him in the face. A hood was placed over Haq’s head before he was also hit and slapped while threats were made. Malone then poured alcohol over Mohammed’s head. A lit blowtorch was held within millimetres of Mohammed’s right eye.
The horrific attack continued as a silver hammer was used to hit Mohammed on his legs before he was kicked and stamped on. Malone and Gojra even bragged to the victims about having used a big black jug to torture others.
Malone then dragged Mohammed into the washroom and forced his head down the toilet. His genitals were whipped with a rope at which point he blacked out.
When he came to, he was back in the office and being hit again by Gojra with the hammer.
A belt was used to further whip both brothers and threats were made against Mohammed’s family. It was also intimated he would be raped and his ears chopped off.
Finally both victims were taken from the office and shoved into the back of a van. Between about 10:20pm on Friday 20 April 2007 and 3am the following morning, the brothers were driven all over London but at some point the van stopped and Mohammed was taken out. He was threatened again to hand over money and felt what he thought was a gun to his head. Eventually, after driving around for a while, the brothers were dropped off in a residential street in Chelsea. Both men suffered extensive bruising and cuts.
After the incident, Malone fled to Afghanistan where he committed fraud offences and was jailed in Kabul for two years. Despite no formal extradition treaty with Afghanistan, on 10 September 2010 he was brought back to the UK.