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Bodybag torture victim slams 'lenient' 21-year jail sentence for his attackers

The Argus: Ben Hutchings Ben Hutchings

A student who was tortured and dumped in a body bag has spoken after his attackers were jailed for 21 years.

University of Brighton journalism student Ben Hutchings, 21, said he thought he was “going to die” when he was attacked with a hammer, tied up with electrical cables, partially stripped, dumped in a body bag and driven to woodland.

And he said he was not happy with the sentencing handed down at Hove Crown Court.

“I was told about what happened straight away and I think they should have been jailed for longer,” he said.

“I thought I was going to die. 

"However, I am relieved knowing they are not around my area. My family are happy too.”

Sam Simon, 21, of Earl Street, Hastings, was jailed for six years for the attack plus three years for drugs offences, Alex Simon, 17, of Earl Street, Hastings, was jailed for four years, Muham Muhammet "Melik" Yalcin, 20, of Kenilworth Road, St Leonards, was jailed for five years, and Artur Oganesyan, 23, of Stanley Road, Hastings, was jailed for two years.

All were convicted of or admitted false imprisonment.

Jowed Ghemati, 27, of Holmhurst Lane, St Leonards, who was not involved in the attack on Mr Hutchings but subsequently visited him at home in Hastings and offered him £5,000 to drop the case, was jailed for one-year after being convicted of witness intimidation.

The court was told Ghemati was shouted down by Mr Hutchings’ landlady, Caroline Sussex, who told him she was from Hackney and would not stand for his nonsense.

Mr Hutchings was lured to Sam Simon’s home with the promise of a game of Grand Theft Auto on their computer.

But on arriving at the house the men – intent on settling an alleged debt – launched the horrifying attack on Mr Hutchings.

After the hammer attack,tying him and taking him to woodland in the body bag the men discussed burying him.

The thugs also visited his girlfriend and made threats to her and afterwards he was so scared he wanted to leave Hastings.

Anthony Waller, defending Sam Simon, admitted: “Apart from his guilty plea there is little mitigation.”

Ben Kaplinski, defending Alex Simon, admitted it was a “brutal and outrageous crime”.

But he added the chemistry student was “not inherently criminal”.

Barry Myers, defending Oganesyan, said his involvement was in driving the group to and from the woods. “He is the least sophisticated,” he added.

Steve Wedd, defending Yalcin, said he had been “summoned by Sam Simon” and acted out of loyalty to him.

Recorder Dafydd Enoch QC, sentencing the five, said ringleader Sam Simon was “out-of-control”.

“He is not purely malevolent,” he said, before adding he believed he would offend again.

Describing Mr Hutchings, he said: “He thought he was going to die.

“He could have suffered a fractured skull. He could’ve bled to death.”

He described how his attackers said things during the attack including “I am going to torture you bruv” and “just kill him”.

He said Mr Hutchings must have felt “terror”.

Speaking afterwards, Detective Sergeant Michael Burnage said: “Sam Simon lured his friend to his home with the sole intention of torturing and robbing him.

“He was subjected to a horrific and sustained attack.

“The victim was left terrified he was going to be murdered.”

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9:28am Tue 15 Apr 14

TIMBURRY says...

Why big up the sentence. .. No one for 21 years, the most was 6 years. THEY SHOULD HAVE GOT 21
Why big up the sentence. .. No one for 21 years, the most was 6 years. THEY SHOULD HAVE GOT 21 TIMBURRY
  • Score: 26

9:41am Tue 15 Apr 14

Juleyanne says...

Bring back the death sentence! These twisted evil lowlife should never be free to roam our streets! My heart goes out to the victim of this cowardly unprovoked attack. I pray he recovers from this hideous ordeal and goes on to live a happy fulfilled life.
Bring back the death sentence! These twisted evil lowlife should never be free to roam our streets! My heart goes out to the victim of this cowardly unprovoked attack. I pray he recovers from this hideous ordeal and goes on to live a happy fulfilled life. Juleyanne
  • Score: 15

10:06am Tue 15 Apr 14

Andy R says...

That really is a seriously misleading headline.
That really is a seriously misleading headline. Andy R
  • Score: 23

10:25am Tue 15 Apr 14

clubrob6 says...

TIMBURRY wrote:
Why big up the sentence. .. No one for 21 years, the most was 6 years. THEY SHOULD HAVE GOT 21
I know what they did deserves a longer sentence plus they get out once they have done half there time.
[quote][p][bold]TIMBURRY[/bold] wrote: Why big up the sentence. .. No one for 21 years, the most was 6 years. THEY SHOULD HAVE GOT 21[/p][/quote]I know what they did deserves a longer sentence plus they get out once they have done half there time. clubrob6
  • Score: 11

10:42am Tue 15 Apr 14

puddingandpi says...

He's lucky they didn't rape him - first he wouldn't be believed, then he'd be treated as the guilty party, he'd be doubted & called a liar, then his attackers would've walked free. I wish my paedophile had got 21 years instead of the 2 years suspended he got.
He's lucky they didn't rape him - first he wouldn't be believed, then he'd be treated as the guilty party, he'd be doubted & called a liar, then his attackers would've walked free. I wish my paedophile had got 21 years instead of the 2 years suspended he got. puddingandpi
  • Score: 11

11:25am Tue 15 Apr 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

Why do our judges keep giving such short sentences for crimes like this and worse.

Our thieving MP's don't even get arrested, the bankers are getting bonus' and no arrests, our non tax paying large companies in the UK are causing the problems of our NHS not having enough money and nothing is done about it by our corrupt government.

What is going on - is it NWO? Certainly seems that way.

Shameful of the judges, they are unfit for purpose.
Why do our judges keep giving such short sentences for crimes like this and worse. Our thieving MP's don't even get arrested, the bankers are getting bonus' and no arrests, our non tax paying large companies in the UK are causing the problems of our NHS not having enough money and nothing is done about it by our corrupt government. What is going on - is it NWO? Certainly seems that way. Shameful of the judges, they are unfit for purpose. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 14

11:50am Tue 15 Apr 14

tykemison says...

getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
Why do our judges keep giving such short sentences for crimes like this and worse.

Our thieving MP's don't even get arrested, the bankers are getting bonus' and no arrests, our non tax paying large companies in the UK are causing the problems of our NHS not having enough money and nothing is done about it by our corrupt government.

What is going on - is it NWO? Certainly seems that way.

Shameful of the judges, they are unfit for purpose.
Because they have lost touch with modern life and people's extraordinary ability to be able to act without thinking of the consequences, its no coincidence these miscreants were playing grand theft auto, young people today are addicted to pointless electronic contraptions which erode humans great attributes like humanity, decency and understanding. This is a timebomb which will only worsen aslong as parents don't parent and let their offspring play pointless, violent, idiotic console games.
[quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: Why do our judges keep giving such short sentences for crimes like this and worse. Our thieving MP's don't even get arrested, the bankers are getting bonus' and no arrests, our non tax paying large companies in the UK are causing the problems of our NHS not having enough money and nothing is done about it by our corrupt government. What is going on - is it NWO? Certainly seems that way. Shameful of the judges, they are unfit for purpose.[/p][/quote]Because they have lost touch with modern life and people's extraordinary ability to be able to act without thinking of the consequences, its no coincidence these miscreants were playing grand theft auto, young people today are addicted to pointless electronic contraptions which erode humans great attributes like humanity, decency and understanding. This is a timebomb which will only worsen aslong as parents don't parent and let their offspring play pointless, violent, idiotic console games. tykemison
  • Score: 6

6:04pm Tue 15 Apr 14

NathanAdler says...

Methinks there is more to this than meets the eye. People don't do this thing for nothing (or even a small debt)
Methinks there is more to this than meets the eye. People don't do this thing for nothing (or even a small debt) NathanAdler
  • Score: 0

9:59pm Tue 15 Apr 14

KarenT says...

Ugly low-life scumbags - send them back to where they came from.
Ugly low-life scumbags - send them back to where they came from. KarenT
  • Score: 1

7:38am Wed 16 Apr 14

John Steed says...

misleading headline is an under statement the total of 21 years included 3 years in that total for an unrelated drugs offense. the headline "Bigs" up a misleading statistic when the body of the article is about the victims belief that the sentences were too short, the leader of this gang of brainless thugs got 6 years, he had pleaded guilty so in reality he got a 9 year sentence with 1/3rd off for his guilty plea, 9 years is more than appropriate and the victime should move on. meanwhile immigration should be looking at the action of some of these people and determining if they are suitable citizens for this country, I would suggest not and as they have spent the last year with my next door neighbour in immegration custody while they try to deport him for anti social behavior they should have no trouble removing these convicted felons who have abused any right to stay in the UK
misleading headline is an under statement the total of 21 years included 3 years in that total for an unrelated drugs offense. the headline "Bigs" up a misleading statistic when the body of the article is about the victims belief that the sentences were too short, the leader of this gang of brainless thugs got 6 years, he had pleaded guilty so in reality he got a 9 year sentence with 1/3rd off for his guilty plea, 9 years is more than appropriate and the victime should move on. meanwhile immigration should be looking at the action of some of these people and determining if they are suitable citizens for this country, I would suggest not and as they have spent the last year with my next door neighbour in immegration custody while they try to deport him for anti social behavior they should have no trouble removing these convicted felons who have abused any right to stay in the UK John Steed
  • Score: -3

8:22am Wed 16 Apr 14

B rian Tawses left foot says...

Bring back the 'cat o' nine tails'. They won't come back for a second dose of that.
Bring back the 'cat o' nine tails'. They won't come back for a second dose of that. B rian Tawses left foot
  • Score: 2

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