Radford teen denies blackmailing brothers by faking kidnap
A TEENAGER claimed to have been kidnapped in a bid to blackmail his brothers out of £3,000, a jury heard.
Tamjeed Ali was living with brothers Forhad and Tanveer in Cromwell Road, Radford, when he allegedly blackmailed them.
He denies two charges of blackmail and perverting the course of justice.
His trial heard yesterday that the incident happened one night in January.
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Forhad Ali received a telephone from a man saying they had his brother.
He did not recognise the voice but thought it was a joke, Nottingham Crown Court heard, but began to take the claims seriously.
The mystery caller allegedly said they would hurt his brother and, if he wanted to see him again, he had to come up with £3,000.
Forhad Ali was told he only had five to ten minutes to raise the cash and to leave it on a children's slide in Francis Street.
He even heard the voice of his brother – sounding like he was shouting in pain.
A few hours later, Forhad Ali allegedly received another call to say if he did not come up with £3,000 he would be collecting his brother from the River Trent.
The alleged kidnappers also claimed they were watching his house and, if they contacted police, the situation would get worse.
Forhad and his brother Tanveer drove around in a friend's car to try to find their brother.
They were worried enough to drive their family to another address in Nottingham, and Forhad met police.
Detectives found Tamjeed and his alleged kidnappers at an address in the same street as his family home.
Prosecutors said he was in an upstairs bedroom with two men who were his friends.
Tamjeed, 19, of Cromwell Street, told police he had been kidnapped and held against his will by the men.
He said he was detained in an alleyway between Cromwell Street and Portland Street before being taken to the house.
He alleged the men contacted his brothers over the course of the evening and that they had his property and threatened him with a knife.
But the court heard that during the investigation into the incident, it became clear to police that Tamjeed was complicit in the blackmail of his brothers.
The two other men involved have admitted their guilt in relation to the blackmail, jurors were told, and one is a prosecution witness.
This witness has claimed the other man involved did not have any money on him for cannabis and, to get cash, Forhad was told that Tamjeed had been kidnapped.
A series of text messages and phones calls were allegedly made to put that plan in place
The court heard the three men had played on an XBox and smoked cannabis that night while the "kidnapping" was taking place.
The hearing continues.