Friends sentenced for false imprisonment

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Two friends who admitted falsely imprisoning a man after he was bundled into the boot of a car have been spared jail by a judge.

Lincoln Crown Court heard how Nathan Davock, 23, and Kimberley Grundy, 26, drove to Scotter to confront Dean Wilson, 23, over alleged inappropriate remarks he made on Facebook.

The court heard Mr Wilson came out in to the street with a hammer and was disarmed by Davock using a knife he kept in his car to cut tow ropes.

The court was told Davock then asked Mr Wilson to get in the boot of the car and drove off for a short distance.

Prosecuting, Edna Leonard, said: “Clearly Wilson got in to the back of the vehicle. He was locked in the boot, while inside he had his mobile phone and used it to ring the police.”

Grundy denied knowing Wilson had been locked in the boot but admitted trying to take his phone in a moment of “panic” when she realised he was inside the vehicle.

Mitigating for Davock, Gordon Stables, told the court: “He has been very foolish. He got himself involved in something he did not need to be in.

“He went too far in telling Dean Wilson to get in the boot but he stopped after only a short distance. It could not have been very long at all.”

Mr Stables said Davock was in full time employment with Scunthorpe based scaffolding company SGD.

Mitigating for Grundy, Joanna Staples, said she asked Davock to stop the car when she realised what had happened.

Miss Staples told the court Grundy had now lost her job as a full time carer.

Davock, 23, of Kettleby View, Brigg, and Grundy, 26, of High Street, Messingham, both admitted the false imprisonment of Dean Wilson on March 6 this year.

Passing sentence recorder Mark Rhind told the pair they had come very close to losing their liberty.

Recorder Rhind said: “It is clear to me what you did to Dean Wilson is totally out of character. It is equally clear to me events spiralled out of control.”

Grundy was sentenced to nine months imprisonment suspended for two years, placed under the supervision of a probation officer for two years and ordered to obey a six month nightly curfew.

Davock was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment suspended for two years, ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work in the community and obey a 12 month nightly curfew. He must also pay Mr Wilson £1,000 compensation.