Vigilante pair sent to jail for unusual kidnap
TWO men who carried out an "unusual" kidnap have each been jailed for two years.
Jamie Kilnan and Carl Moule both admitted kidnapping Daniel Thomas from an address in Sandfields in Port Talbot on March 22 and putting him into the boot of a distinctive orange car.
They said their actions were prompted by Mr Thomas's alleged involvement in a burglary of someone they both knew.
Swansea Crown Court heard the pair went to Mr Thomas's partner's Port Talbot house and when he did not answer, Moule went inside and dragged him outside.
They punched and kicked him and at one point another woman — who had already received a conditional discharge for her role in the incident — slapped Mr Thomas.
They then bundled him into the boot of the car, not realising he had two mobile phones in his pocket. His attempt at calling 999 was overheard and he was again assaulted.
As they then drove him to a nearby address, Mr Thomas's mum and stepfather saw the car as they were reversing out of their own driveway.
They confronted the kidnappers, allowing their son to run to their house to safety.
Mr Thomas's stepfather was also assaulted.
During sentencing at Swansea Crown Court Judge Huw Davies told the two men: "This was an unusual offence of kidnap."
The judge said it was a fact that a burglary had taken place and that Kilnan, aged 23, of Southdown Road, and Moule, aged 23, of Chopin Road, had believed Mr Thomas to be responsible.
He said he made no finding about Mr Thomas's alleged role but said he accepted that was what prompted their actions.
"I make no finding about who was right or wrong but the way in which you decided to deal with what you perceived had happened was entirely unjustifiable," he said.
"You knew what mechanisms there is for dealing with allegations of burglary. If you had cause to believe Daniel Thomas was responsible for it, the most straight-forward thing to do is call the police," said the judge.
He said the pair had instead taken the law into their own hands.
Moule, who admitted two counts of assault and one of kidnap and Kilnan, who admitted kidnap and assault, both received 24 month terms.