– A Melbourne judge has imposed long prison terms on three men for their “primitive and lawless” notions of vengeance and punishment inflicted on a kidnap victim.
Judge Felicity Hampel told the men the world they and their victim had inhabited was of drug use, gangs, guns and “shifting allegiances”.
Judge Hampel said on Friday the aftermath of a shooting in Coolaroo started a “continuing cycle of mindless and gratuitous violence” based on revenge.
Mike Hanna, 33, and twins Mohamed and Ahmed Mohamed, 28, were earlier found guilty by a jury of kidnap, false imprisonment and intentionally causing injury.
They had pleaded not guilty. Judge Hampel sentenced them to nine years and six months jail with a minimum of seven years.
Detectives from the Victoria Police Santiago Taskforce, established to target organised crime in Melbourne’s northern and western suburbs, attended the sentencing.
The County Court jury heard that on November 28th, 2009, a man named Ali was held and assaulted at a Coolaroo house by a group of men, including one named Bassam.
A young man, under instructions from Bassam, obtained guns before associates of Ali, some also armed, attended the house in two cars.
Shots were exchanged and two men, part of the group who drove to the house, were wounded and taken to hospital.
Judge Hampel said Hanna, brother of the two men who had been shot, and the Mohameds were trying to learn who was involved in the shooting.
By the jury’s verdicts, she said it must have accepted the evidence at the trial by the ultimate victim – the young man who had taken instructions from Bassam – that he had been woken by his father hours after the gun fight and told that one of the twins was downstairs waiting for him.
Mohamed Mohamed told him they were going for a drive and then walked him around the corner to where Hanna and Ahmed waited in a car.
He was assaulted by Hanna in the car as it drove away and when it stopped he was hog-tied at a factory and then kicked, punched and slashed with a knife by Hanna.
“The assaults were interspersed with accusations by (Hanna) he had shot his brothers and demands by him to tell him who else was involved,” Judge Hampel said.
His injuries included deep cuts to his hands and his thigh, lesser cuts to his hand, and bruising and abrasions on his face and body. He also sustained fractured ribs but has made a full recovery – Steve Butcher


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

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