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Man jailed for kidnapping a York man in a £12,000 blackmail plot

Man jailed for kidnapping a York man in a £12,000 blackmail plot

3:27pm 16th August 2010
(Updated 1:18pm 17th August 2010)

A criminal, who helped kidnap a York man in a £12,000 blackmail plot, has been jailed for nearly three years.

31 year old Abdul Raman Habib is the fourth man to be jailed over the adbuction of Neil Coates.

It all started last March (2009) when 26 year old Neil Coates was abducted from his home in York and taken to a property in Manchester.

He was held there for three days during which time his dad, Peter Parkin-Coates, got phone calls threatening his son would be harmed unless he left £12,000 pounds at a service station on the M62.

The ransom wasn't paid and Neil Coates was freed by armed police on April 3rd 2009; three days after his abduction.

He was clearly shaken from the ordeal, but not seriously injured.

The police arrested four men, Habib being one of them, and all were charged for their part in the crime.

Habib's trial started last Monday (9th August 2010) where he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to blackmail and was sentenced to two-years-and-nine-months in jail.

The courts heard he'd played the role of "the messenger" as the gang abducted Mr Coates.

They'd apparently made four visits to Neil Coates' Tang Hall home in York prior to the abduction.

Habib was only present on the fourth occasion, which was when the gang took him.

The other three offender, 26 year old Hesan Zaboli from Cheshire, and two men from Manchester 31 year old Paul Richards and Kevin Ingram who's 33, have already stood trial for their role in this crime.

Zaboli, who was described as the mastermind, got six-year behind bars.

Richard and Ingram got three-and-a-half-years each.

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