Two men have been found guilty and sentenced to six years each, for falsely imprisoning a man they enticed to a Northampton home after meeting him on social network app Grindr.
Jordan Bridge-Simmons, aged 20, of no fixed abode, was found guilty of robbery, actual bodily harm and false imprisonment. He had previously pleaded guilty to aggravated theft of car.
He was sentenced to six years for false imprisonment with an extended licence period of one year.
He also received concurrent sentences of one year for assault, four years for robbery and one year for aggravated theft and was disqualified from driving for two years.
Both men were sentenced at Northampton Crown Court yesterday (Tuesday, 1 March).
Tyrone Platt, aged 20, of no fixed abode, was found guilty of false imprisonment. He had previously pleaded guilty to actual bodily harm and robbery.
He was sentenced to six years for false imprisonment with an extended licence period of one year. He was given concurrent sentences of eight months for assault and four years for robbery.
During the trial, the jury heard details of a complicated robbery that started with Bridge-Simmons luring the victim to the house was staying at, in Home Farm Close, Northampton after meeting him on Grindr in July 2015
The victim was shown round the house by Bridge-Simmons, however when they reached a bedroom, he was pushed inside and the lights turned off.
The victim was repeatedly kicked and punched before Platt walked him to a cash machine and made him withdraw £300.
When they returned to the house, they found that Bridge-Simmons had stolen the victim s car and crashed it into a Mini Cooper which had in turn crashed into a nearby house.
While Platt admitted robbery and actual bodily harm, he denied false imprisonment. Platt argued that he had been a male escort and that sex had been discussed during the course of the evening.
The victim said that while he had been invited to the house, there had been no discussions about payment.
Platt told the victim to return home and report the car stolen. Instead he went to Weston Favell police station where he reported the incident.
Detective Cathy O Connor, who led the investigation, said: I am pleased that the jury found these two men guilty for committing awful crimes against the victim, who feared for his life during the attack. This was a premeditated and perverse crime, but thanks to the bravery of the victim in reporting this they no longer have the freedom to commit such crimes against anyone else.