A thug foiled by a courageous witness, after he drove off with a battered kidnap victim in the boot of his car, got the tough sentence he deserved, top judges have ruled.
March man Jonas Zilevicius (30), was caged for five and a half years at Peterborough Crown Court in January after he was convicted of kidnapping and inflicting grievous bodily harm. His accomplice, Artur Kasteckij (29), received the same sentence.
The duo’s victim was Alens Marcinkevics with whom they had feuded over cash, London’s Appeal Court heard.
They lured him to a rendezvous at a deserted car park in Edgcote Close, Westwood, Peterborough, inflicting a savage beating which left him out cold and with two fractured cheekbones.
The pair bundled him into the boot of his own car and sped off, but were spotted by vigilant householder, Awat Mohammed, who saw what was going and pursued them in his vehicle, also tipping off police.
The kidnappers were intercepted at the Eye roundabout, where Mr Marcinkevics was freed from the boot.
Zilevicius, of Elwyn Road, March, appealed his sentence with claims that it was “manifestly excessive”, but his case was rejected by Mr Justice Foskett.
The judge, sitting with Mr Justice Nicol, said the pair had kidnapped their victim either to punish him more harshly or extort cash.
They were guilty of a “cowardly” attack which would have been “terrifying” for their victim, said the judge, who concluded: “But for the observant Mr Mohammed and his efforts this case may well have ended up with other dimensions.
“This sentence was richly deserved.”