Four persons, including two women, accused of kidnapping a man at knifepoint and then demanding $5m in ransom from his family, appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court yesterday.
They are Nickesha Whyte, Aldane Jackson, Trevorlyn Rowe and Andrew Dillon, otherwise called Dane Walters. All four are charged with conspiracy to kidnap, but Jackson is charged additionally with kidnapping, while Dillon is charged with illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition and extortion. Rowe is additionally charged with illegal possession of a weapon and extortion.
brandishing a gun
The allegations are that on January 13, the complainant, who operates a locksmith business, was approached by a male and a female who told him that they needed his services to open a car door. While walking to the car, however, another male, this one brandishing a gun, joined them and the complainant was ordered into a car.
It is alleged that the four blindfolded the accused and taped his mouth and then took him to a location where he was kept for about five days. During this time, the kidnappers, the court was told, contacted the complainant’s family and requested $5m in exchange for his release. That figure was, however, later decreased to $500,000 which the family agreed to pay.
A sting operation was set up and $200,000 in marked currency was reportedly paid over to one of the kidnappers. He was subsequently arrested and charged. Further investigations led to the arrest of the others.
The matter is to be mentioned in court again today. The accused persons were remanded.