Five jailed after assault in which victims were stripped naked, punched and whipped

FIVE men have been jailed after admitting tying up and carrying out sustained assaults on two men.

The victims were made to strip naked and punched, kicked and tormented over a four hour period in a house over accusations of theft and drug dealing.

Part of the attack was filmed on two of the offenders’ mobile phones, which police later used as evidence to help convict them.

The men, all from the Fairstead Estate, Kings Lynn, appeared for sentencing at Norwich Crown Court on Friday having each admitted at an earlier hearing to inflicting actual bodily harm during the incident at Lindens on Tuesday April 20th.

* Edilson Chaves, 30, of Lindens, was jailed for 14 months.

* Jerson Victoriano, 24, of Silver Green, was jailed for eight months

* Jose Rodrigues, 36, of Kings Green, was jailed for seven months

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* Carlos Meilo, 36, of Butterwick, and Ali Sousa, 20, of Lindens, were each jailed for six months

Speaking after the case investigating officer Det Con Jonathan Duncan said: “The victims of this crime were put through a lengthy and shocking ordeal during which they were attacked, humiliated and threatened with more violence.

“One was whipped with a belt and made to stand naked outside of the house while his tormentors stood and laughed at him. The sentence reflects the very serious nature of this offence.”

The offenders and the victims, men aged 33 and 39, were known to one another prior to the assault and from the Portuguese-speaking community in King’s Lynn.

Superintendant Nick Davison said: “This was an appalling case and I am encouraged that the victims felt confident enough to report the matter to the police.

“Any victim of crime, regardless of their standing, nationality or ethnicity, will receive a thorough service from Norfolk Constabulary as our response to this incident and the subsequent convictions demonstrate.”

To report a crime or suspected crime to police in confidence on 0845 456 4567 or ask to speak to a local officer from your local Safer Neighbourhood Team. Crime can also be reported anonymously via the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111. Always call 999 in an emergency.

* Police surgeries are held for Portuguese-speaking members of the community at Anna’s caf� on Gaywood Road. The next surgeries will be held between 4pm and 6pm on Friday December 3 and Friday January 21.