A former shop worker was tied up, gagged and subjected to a four-hour attack because his ex-boss believed he was responsible for stealing £6,000 from him, a court heard.
Lakvinder Singh had cigarettes stubbed out on his body and was throttled and punched during his ordeal at a house in Wolverhampton.
His former employer Balwinder Sandher has been jailed for three years and nine months for his part in the attack. Jai Paul Kanda, who lured Mr Singh to the spot where his attackers kidnapped him, was jailed for two years and three months.
Miss Sharon Bahia, prosecuting, told Wolverhampton Crown Court that the victim had worked for Sandher at a Spar shop in Herefordshire until April 17 last year.
But his job came to an end when he was accused by his ex-boss of stealing. The court was told, the victim returned to Wolverhampton but was grabbed by acquaintances of 39-year-old Sandher. It was then that the victim was driven to a house and subjected to the attack, Miss Bahia explained.
Sandher, of Garden Close, Kingston, Herefordshire, and 31-year-old Kanda, of Grosvenor Road, Ettingshall, both pleaded guilty to false imprisonment.
Mr Jas Mann, for Sandher, said his client was a “reputable businessman” who had believed Mr Singh was responsible for a theft.
Kanda said he played no part in the violence and was sorry for what happened.Subscribe to our Newsletter