Two men who kidnapped a woman from the Ribbleton area have been jailed.Advertisement
The 23-year-old victim was beaten around the head, dragged into a vehicle and then robbed during the incident in Blackpool Road in October last year.
Slawomir Jurek, 36, of Albert Road, Moor Park and Stanislaw Kaminski, 39, of Argyll Road, Deepdale, were sentenced at Preston Crown Court after abducting the woman in the Ribbleton area.
Police were called around 12.30am on Sunday 16 October following reports of two men getting out of a vehicle and grabbing the woman.
She ran to a passing motorist who took her to a police officer on patrol in the area.
Following an investigation the police visited Jurek’s home in Albert Road and found a number of items belonging to the victim.
Detectives discovered the victim had received an abusive phone call from Jurek just before midnight on Saturday 15 October.
A second man called the victim offering to help resolve the issue and Kaminski visited her address in the Ribbleton area a short time later.
After a brief conversation the victim agreed to drive with Kaminski and meet Jurek.
The pair set off but Kaminski stopped the car, allowing Jurek and a third man to enter the vehicle.
Jurek threatened the woman and she jumped out of the vehicle before the 36-year-old grabbed her and took her back to the car. He beat her around the head and face and the group travelled towards Ribbleton Park.
After the car stopped, Jurek pulled the woman out of the vehicle and she ran away. Again Jurek caught up with her, slapping her in the face and stealing a mobile phone containing the victim’s identification cards.
Jurek, Kaminski and a third man were arrested by police and all pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Following an eight day trial Jurek was sentenced to seven years in prison, Kaminski was jailed for four and a half years. The third man was found not guilty of all offences.
Detective Constable Caroline Turley of Preston CID said: “Jurek and Kaminski are clearly dangerous individuals who plotted together to entice the victim away from her home address before subjecting her to a shocking and sustained ordeal.
“Jurek and the victim were known to each other, but having agreed to meet with him the 23-year-old woman could never have envisaged what was to happen.
“She was beaten around the head, dragged into the vehicle after attempting to escape and robbed.
“There is no doubt in my mind the victim was at risk of further serious harm and I am grateful to a member of the public who reported the kidnap, as well as the passing motorist, who took her to police.
“Jurek and Kaminski committed serious offences and we welcome the sentences.”