A businessman was kidnapped, tortured and severely beaten before being dumped on a Salford street.
The man, said to have been targeted because his attackers believed he would have money, was found with ties around his neck, wrists and legs.
Blake Evers, 24, also involved in the kidnapping of a father from his Heaton Moor home about a month earlier, was jailed after admitting that he had caused serious physical harm with the intention.
Evers, who had no previous convictions, was locked up for 19 years after what a judge described as “a terrifying baptism in criminal activity”.
The man had gone out for a meal in the city center with his partner, heard Manchester Crown Court, and was targeted when he returned home to Fallowfield.
“It appears that some years ago there was some publicity that (the victim) whose address had been revealed in the press was a man who could have been considered rich in money. In reality he was not,” said judge Martin Rudland She said.
Actually at the time he worked in a nursing home and earned a “modest” income, according to what the court declared.
During his ordeal he was attacked by several masked men and was hit by a metal bar, bats and a mounted pistol.
Then he was dragged into a VW Tiguan, where he was told that he would be killed if he did not deliver money.
After a few minutes the car stopped and was pulled out, spilling blood.
He struggled to try to escape, but was later grouped into a VW Golf on Maine Road on Moss Side.
Dramatic CCTV footage of this moment has been shown in court.
In golf, the men took off their coats and shoes before fastening it by the arms and feet by using the straps and putting a bag over their heads.
If he fought, he was punched and suffocated.
“Realizing the futility of further resistance, he resigned resigned,” said prosecutor Alaric Bassano.
After about 20 minutes the car stopped and the man was taken to the upper floor of a property.
The straps were arranged around his neck, wrists and feet and men asked him for money.
They initially wanted a six-digit sum.
“They asked for £ 250,000, then went down to £ 50,000,” the victim told police.
“They asked me where I was hiding my money. They told me that you have worked all your life and that now we have paid you.”
He was told that he would have been killed if payment had not been made.
When he said he had no money, he was subjected to “extreme and prolonged violence”.
A gun was aimed at him, punched in the face, his feet and shins were hit with metal bars or a hammer, and his fingers were cut with a “sharp tool”.
His pants and underwear had been pulled down, and he was flogged with a belt on the back of his legs.
He was attacked every few minutes and was given water or aftershave to wake him up.
“It is no exaggeration to say that he was tortured,” said Bassano.
After about an hour and a half he was dragged into a car and unloaded on a Salford street, his hands and feet still tied, his pants still down, and he was found crawling on the hands and knees by a passer-by.
Before they left, his captors knocked on the door of a nearby house, “perhaps realizing how badly injured he was.”
The police were called and it was later discovered that the man had suffered “serious” injuries, including a brain hemorrhage, multiple nose fractures, a broken toe and cuts in the feet and shins.
In the subsequent investigation following the accident on 18 December 2018, it was discovered that the Golf had a tracking device.
Police were able to link Evers to the crime after finding his fingerprints on the license plate on the VW Tiguan, as well as by telephone evidence.
They learned that Evers lived in a house in Polporro Close in Royton, Oldham, where they recovered a Smith and Wesson .38 pistol in perfect condition, with six bullets.
The victim’s blood was found on the gun.
Evers, of Thornley Lane South, Stockport has pleaded guilty to causing serious physical harm and possession of a prohibited weapon.
Tuesday, January 7, Evers was jailed for 19 years at Manchester Crown Court.
Read today’s best stories here
This included seven and a half years for GBH’s crime and five years for possession of the weapon, as well as time for his involvement in a previous kidnapping in Stockport.
Others involved in this incident were not brought before the courts.
Passing the sentence, Judge Rudland said to Evers: “This involved a group of men who kidnapped, blackmailed and attacked a man with the intention of extracting a large sum of money from him.
“The violence was systematically inflicted on him in various ways, while requests were made from him for money from what he thought were six to seven men wearing balaclavas.
“He was in and out of consciousness as the violence continued until eventually his captors seemed to be achieving the desired result.
“While you (Evers) were clearly at the center of this feat, you are the only person to be further convicted of these serious crimes that have been clearly planned and committed by a group of certain criminals.
We have a dedicated Facebook group covering court cases across Greater Manchester.
For all the latest cover and trial sentences, join the group here.
To download our app to receive all the latest news visit here.
“You have led a crime-free and positive life until recently.
“This catalog of offenses is a terrifying baptism in criminal activity that leaves me with little discretion to reflect your life so far irreproachable.”
Evers was convicted in the same hearing where his co-defendants had been jailed for the Stockport incident a month earlier, where a ransom of £ 34,000 had been paid in the end.
We have a dedicated Facebook page that offers you all the latest news, events and community news from all over southern Manchester.
To keep up to date on everything that is happening and to participate in the discussion, follow the page here.
Here is the link to the main Facebook page of M.E.N where we share our latest stories.