A MAN who faked his own kidnapping and demanded a £10,000 ransom from his own Solihull family, has avoided jail.
Kamran Ahmed, pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to attempting to pervert the course of justice.
The court heard that on December 9 2010, Ahmed’s brother Haroon and his sister, a junior doctor, both received texts which read: “He’s with us. We want £400,000.”
Haroon, who was at the shop Ahmed owned and ran in Leamington, then received a series of calls on the shop phone, said Richard Franck, prosecuting.
On one occasion, Haroon, of Hobs Moat Road, Solihull, was told: “Listen carefully. We have Kamran. We want £400,000 or we’ll kill him.”
Believing Ahmed to have been kidnapped, his distressed family contacted the police who, after an extensive investigation, found the 29 year-old sitting in a pub in York.
Ahmed was sentenced to nine months in prison suspended for two years and was ordered to do 300 hours of unpaid work.