Doncaster man ‘dragged from bed and beaten up in kidnap ordeal’ - court

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A DONCASTER man dragged from his bed, kidnapped and beaten up over a drugs feud thought he was going to be killed, a court heard

Chris Fields was left with a broken nose and eye socket by three attackers.

Jonathan Burns, aged 31, Kyle Epton, 26, and Burns’ nephew Conan Fawley, 19, were all jailed for a total of 10 years for their part in the incident on August 6 last year.

Prosecutor Jim Baird told Sheffield Crown Court that Mr Fields was lodging with Shirley Baker and her boyfriend at her house in Regent Street, Balby.

The three had previously lived in a house at Beechfield Road in the town centre, where a cannabis crop was being grown but it was stolen just as it neared readiness.

Seeking retribution, Burns, Epton and Fawley barged their way into Miss Baker’s home and asked what had happened to the stolen drugs.

Miss Baker was then pushed onto her living room sofa and assaulted by Burns and Epton who wanted to know the whereabouts of Chris Fields whom they held responsible for the drugs theft.

Epton dragged Mr Fields from his bed upstairs where he had been sleeping.

Downstairs, Mr Fields was punched by all three men who were shouting “where’s the stuff?”

The victim was then bundled into the back of a car waiting outside and further assaulted on the way to Burns’ home in Scawthorpe.

During the journey Mr Fields was told “he would get it” and “it would be the worst day of his life.”

Mr Baird said: “He felt something bad was going to happen to him, even being killed.”

The assault by all three men continued at Burns’ house for some considerable time and the victim was left with substantial facial injuries.

Police became involved and the trio were arrested. Burns initially claimed Mr Fields had been beaten up by travellers. Fawley denied taking part at all and Epton claimed he had only been involved in the assault.

Eventually the men admitted their guilt and appeared in court for sentence.

Burns, of Pipering Lane, Scawthorpe, Epton, of Church Street, Bentley, and Fawley, of High Street, Bentley, each admitted assault causing actual bodily harm on Mr Fields and kidnap.

Burns and Epton also admitted common assault on Miss Baker.

Richard Haigh, defending father-of-two Burns, said he used to run a successful window fitting business but began dabbling in drugs and “went to pieces” when his partner left him.

Epton was on licence from prison when he got involved in the incident and Fawley claimed he was dragged into it after going along with his uncle.

Judge Roger Keen, QC, told the defendants: “The victim felt in fear of his life and had substantial injuries.”

Burns and Epton were jailed for four years and Fawley for two years.

David Rainey, 32, of Harewood Avenue, Woodlands and Michael Shaw, 27, of Repton Road, who drove the assailants to the scene of the attacks, both admitted assisting an offender.

Rainey was ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work for the community and Shaw was given 200 hours of unpaid work with 12 months’ supervision. Both men will be electronically tagged.