‘Highly Suspicious’ Kidnapping Case Could Have Been Extortion Conspiracy BC Court Rules – Caledonia Courier

Three men were charged with kidnapping another in 2019, but a BC Supreme Court judge was not convinced the kidnapping was real.

It’s a case involving guns, drugs, money, torture simulation videos and a brazen attempt to evade the RCMP by jumping over a condo balcony. of 11 floors. Abdulkadir Handule, Abdullah Abdullahi and Obinna Njoku were charged with the abduction of Arnold Hue between July 2 and July 4, 2019.

Judge Janet Winteringham wrote that the events were ‘highly suspicious’ and left her unable to prove the kidnapping charges beyond a reasonable doubt. Ultimately, Handule and Abdullahi were convicted of forcible confinement, and Njoku was acquitted.

It all started in an underground Metrotown mall parking lot where Hue claims he was kidnapped at gunpoint by the three men. Hue was transported to a Burnaby condo in a Dodge Charger driven and registered in Njoku. Security footage shows the four men entering the condo where Hue was being held for ransom until the RCMP “rescued” him on July 4.

While in the apartment, Handule and Abdullahi created mock torture videos of Hue, including one where he was tied up in a bathtub with a fake blood substance smeared around the bathroom to make it appear as if he was tied up in a bathtub. they had cut off Hue’s thumb. Other videos showed Hue crying and being tied up with string in one of the condo’s bedrooms. Text messages obtained by police show the pair discussing whether to make it look like they were torturing Hue to get a stranger to pay a higher ransom.

Njoku was not present for much of Hue’s lockdown, including creating the videos. However, he was present when the RCMP arrived.

When the RCMP entered the condo on July 4, Handule, Abdullahi and Njoku fled to the balcony and began descending to the lower floors of the building. Handule was found on a balcony a few floors down with a gun at his feet, Abdullahi fell to the ground was found in a rhododendron bush, and Njoku fled to a 10th floor balcony. From there, Njoku walked through a sliding glass door and attempted to blend in with the condo residents who were being evacuated. He even went so far as to pick up a small child and carry her up the stairs “much to her mother’s dismay”. Njoku was then arrested in the lobby.

Despite the evidence against them, the defendants claimed that Hue was complicit in the kidnapping in an attempt to extort money from his criminal associates.

Before July 2, Hue helped an associate named David Cheung ship packages and collect money suspected of being linked to drug trafficking. At the time, Cheung owed Hue around $6,000. Hue had agreed to help Cheung with a “favor” on June 30, 2019. In his testimony, Hue was vague about the details of this favor, changing his testimony several times. Winteringham wrote that Hue was “unable or unwilling” to recall details.

However, Hue was consistent in saying that he was ordered to receive $3,000 from unknown persons and to take that money to Metrotown Parkade where he was “kidnapped”. Hue said he used his waiting time in Metrotown to run some errands, including buying a Nike backpack. Whether on purpose or by accident, Hue parked in one of the few areas of the parade that was not visible to CCTV cameras. He said he was kidnapped by the three men, but changed details of how many guns were pointed at him and how he ended up in the Charger.

Security footage showed 44 seconds elapsed between the time the loader was seen behind a pillar where Hue was parked and his departure. Winteringham said there was no way any of the circumstances described by Hue happened within the 44 seconds. Hue also brought his backpack with him, which contained all of his belongings, which Winteringham says implies he knew he was going somewhere. Hue also took the time to lock his vehicle before getting into the Charger.

All of this left Winteringham unable to prove the kidnapping charges beyond a reasonable doubt. However, it was clear that Hue’s “kidnapping” had become confinement, leading Handule and Abdullahi to plead guilty to the lesser charge. The evidence against Njoku suggested possible involvement, but was not sufficient to prove his involvement beyond a reasonable doubt, leading to his acquittal.

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