Two men sentenced to prison for false imprisonment and assault – Reading

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Two men from Reading have been sentenced to prison for false imprisonment and assault following a Thames Valley Police investigation.

Joshua Hurley, aged 21, of Cressingham Road and Arron Kemp, aged 34, of Blandford Road, were sentenced at Reading Crown Court on Thursday (22/2).

They each pleaded guilty on 20 December at Reading Crown Court to one count of false imprisonment and one count of assault occasioning grievous bodily harm.

Hurley was sentenced to a total of 13 years’ imprisonment and Kemp to 11 years’ imprisonment.

In September 2017, the victim, a 29-year-old man was working in a shop in Reading when he was approached by Hurley, who asked him for a £40 phone top-up refund.

The victim refused and Hurley left the shop. Hurley returned on a number of occasions throughout September but the victim was not able to resolve his complaint.

On 30 September, Hurley contacted the victim and asked to meet with him.

He and Kemp then drove him to a property in Blandford Road where he was held against his will for several hours.

During this time, the victim was burned with an electric iron and assaulted several times.

He was eventually driven back into Reading where he was released.

The victim sustained second degree burns to his face and third degree burns to a significant amount of his body.

Hurley was charged with the offences on 29 October and Kemp was charged on 8 November.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Devjeet Hunjan, of Reading Force CID, said: “Hurley and Kemp have been convicted of serious and dangerous offences in which the victim was in effect sadistically tortured by them.

“He sustained very serious, life changing injuries.

“Hurley and Kemp have received significant sentences. Their behaviour has no place in a civilised society and these sentences demonstrate Thames Valley Police’s commitment to tackling violent crime.”

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