Three Eastern European men from Nelson have been sentenced to over 10 years imprisonment for assaulting two young men and holding them against their will.
Dainus Svedskas (24), of Castle Street was handed a sentence of four years, five months for three counts of false imprisonment and two counts of Section 47 actual bodily harm.
His brother Darius Svedskas (34), also of Castle Street was given four years, three months for Section 20 grievous bodily harm without intent, two counts of false imprisonment and Section 47 actual bodily harm.
Both men are originally from Lithuania.
Ukranian Sarkis Muradjan (32), of Stafford Street was sentenced to three years for two counts of false imprisonment and two counts of Section 47 actual bodily harm.
These relate to offences that took place in May this year, where one of the two Lithuanian victims, a 22 year old man, who was initially befriended by the trio, was assaulted.
The other 17 year old victim came over to the country to study on May 26th, joining his brother.
The 22-year-old victim was subjected to a series of assaults on four occasions in six days in May between two addresses on Castle Street and St Mary’s Street, both in Nelson.
During one of the assaults, Darius Svedskas struck him with a wooden chair about the head, causing serious head injuries.
The 17-year-old was subject to several assaults over a two-day period where he was slapped and punched several times
On May 29th, the 22-year-old was assaulted by the three offenders with household implements including an iron. He was ordered to strip naked in the bathroom of the Castle Street property and demanded to cover himself in cooking oil. He was then burned with a travel iron and soldering iron, and also whipped with the buckle end of a belt.
The victim was then summoned downstairs where the assault continued and he was hit with electric cable and ordered to walk around on all fours.
The ordeal only stopped when the 17-year-old who feared for his brother’s life, managed to escape by running through a ground floor double glazed window and alerted workers at a local engineering factory.
Both of the men were also both kept against their will.
DS Phil Pilkington from “I am pleased with the sentences handed down to Darius and Dainus Svedskas, along with Sarkis Muradjan that reflect the seriousness of the violent assaults they carried out, along with keeping two innocent men against their will.
“The two victims were in the country to study and work and have been left terrified by their ordeal, especially the 22-year -ld who was the main subject of violence, threats and intimidation.
“The assaults that were inflicted on him were particularly degrading and prolonged and I praise the 17-year-old who showed bravery in escaping the situation to call for help for his brother.
“The brothers have now returned to their home country of Lithuania but have been left with permanent, visible scars that will be permanent reminders of their horrendous ordeals. I hope that the sentencing has given them sort of closure so that they can move on with their lives.
“Let these results serve as a warning to those who think it’s acceptable to use violence against others – we will not tolerate it and you will be brought before the courts and punished.”