Five members of a gang that kidnapped a boy, 16, and forced him to strip naked before filming the violent and humiliating ordeal have been jailed.
Drill music artist Isaac Donkoh, 22, who led the group and is the only member old enough to be identified, was sentenced to 12 years in jail at Snaresbrook Crown Court in London.
Donkoh and the rest of the gang, two aged 14 and another two at the aged 16, tried to pour boiling water over their victim’s head which resulted in scalding his feet, causing serious injury.
Donkoh enlisted the help of one of the other defendants, who knew the victim, to lure him to meet them in Barking on August 2, 2018.
The boy turned up as promised and was pulled into a Ford Mondeo by the youths.
He was threatened with a machete and one of the defendants put two plastic bags over his head, secured with an elastic band.
Giving evidence, the boy said: ‘I thought they were probably gonna kill me.’
The group drove to one of their homes where the victim was held for around two hours.
He was told to strip naked while Donkoh filmed him on his iPhone and threatened to ‘cut him up’ if he didn’t do as told.
Donkoh and the other youngsters went on to hit him with a metal pole over his face, legs and arms.
They also forcibly cut his hair and threatened him with scissors, which was also filmed by Donkoh.
The boy was forced to call his parents and beg for £1,500 in order to secure his release before a bag was then again placed over his head.
He was ordered not to speak to police before the gang dumped him near where they kidnapped him.
After an investigation was launched, Donkah contacted the victim on Snapchat and said he would give him £5,000 if he dropped the charges.
Chief Insp Jim McKee said: ‘This was an extremely violent incident, which has had a profoundly distressing impact on the victim and his family.
‘Whilst the physical scars of that night have started to heal, I believe the psychological impact on the victim has been lasting.
‘Donkoh fronted drill music videos for his gang which goaded rivals and recruited boys as young as 14 to commit serious violence.
‘I believe that removing Donkoh from the streets of Newham has done a great deal to reduce serious violence in the borough, as we identified a direct correlation between his drill videos which glorified violence and shootings and stabbings on the streets.’
Donkoh, of Ixworth Place, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to kidnap, false imprisonment and blackmail, causing GBH and preventing the court of justice. He was jailed for 12-and-a-half years.
A second man, 16, was sentenced to three-and-a-half years, while another 16-year-old was locked up for two-and-a-half.
Both boys aged 14 was jailed for two-and-a-half years each.