5 men face jail for holding businessman’s son captive in blackmail bid

Five men face jail after they held a wealthy businessman’s son captive for 14 hours while torturing him and pulling out his diamond teeth implants in a bid to blackmail his family out of £50,000

  • Saleh Al-Hindi was tied up and threatened with a lethal dose of heroin last year 
  • He was lured to Karen Dumble’s flat for a massage but had his £3k  grills pulled
  • Liban Ali and four others admitted conspiracy to falsely imprison and blackmail
  • Karen Dumble, 44, was cleared of conspiracy to falsely imprison and  blackmail 

Karen Dumble, 44, was cleared by a jury of conspiracy to falsely imprison and conspiracy to blackmail but five men admitted the charges after a wealthy businessman’s son was held captive for 14 hours and tortured

Five men who held a wealthy businessman’s son captive for 14 hours and tortured him by pulling out his diamond teeth implants are facing years behind bars.

Saleh Al-Hindi was tied up and threatened with a lethal dose of heroin if his family failed to pay £50,000 demanded by Liban Ali, 24.

Ali, along with Adam Malik, 23, and three other men, planned to lure Mr Al-Hindi to a woman’s flat with the promise of a late night massage.

Mr Al-Hindi was blindfolded and had his £3,000 diamond  teeth grills pulled from his head while Karen Dumble, 44,  looked on laughing, Southwark Crown Court heard.

Ali and Malik admitted conspiracy to falsely imprison and conspiracy to blackmail after two days of their trial.

Marin Majid, 20, Drilon Hykaj, 20, and Agon Salihi, 23, earlier admitted conspiracy to falsely imprison and conspiracy to blackmail.

Dumble, was cleared by a jury of conspiracy to falsely imprison and conspiracy to blackmail.

Prosecutor Andrew Frymann said five men were all part of a plot to falsely imprison and blackmail.

‘But more importantly, to keep him there against his will, restraining him and detaining him, and then to extort ransom money from his friends and loved ones to secure his release.

‘Saleh Al-Hindi was lured to Karen Dumble’s flat during the evening of November 18, 2018.

‘Liban Ali skilfully duped Saleh Al-Hindi, suggesting that they should go together, late at night, to a massage parlour.

‘Liban Ali knew that Saleh Al-Hindi wore expensive diamond teeth implants,’ explained Mr Frymann, adding that Ali had visited Mr Al-Hindi’s father’s business.

‘He knew that Saleh Al-Hindi was a good candidate for a hostage and a ransom. Liban Ali had been in prison with Saleh Al-Hindi in the recent past – Liban Ali was trusted by Saleh Al-Hindi.’

Mr Frymann said the pair took a taxi to Dumble’s Peabody housing association flat on Old Pye Street, Westminster.

‘He had around £3,000 worth of diamond teeth implants, sometimes referred to as “grillz”. They were extracted from his teeth during the ordeal.’

The kidnappers managed to get the phone number of a friend of Mr Al-Hindi, who they called to try and secure a ransom payment.


Saleh Al-Hindi was tied up and threatened with a lethal dose of heroin if his family failed to pay £50,000 demanded by Liban Ali, 24 (left). Ali, along with Adam Malik, 23, (right) and three other men, planned to lure Mr Al-Hindi to a woman’s flat with the promise of a late night massage

They also pocketed £450 in cash that Al-Hindi had withdrawn to pay for his late night massage.

‘They initially demanded £50,000. Wisely [the friend] called the police as soon as he realised that his friend was in very serious trouble’ the court heard.

‘Police were able to meet with [the friend] and they were able to record very many of the demand or threat calls.

‘The police set about trying to locate Saleh Al-Hindi around 14 hours after he had been lured to Karen Dumble’s flat by Liban Ali’ prosecutor Andrew Frymann continued.

‘Police then stormed Karen Dumble’s flat and they found Saleh Al-Hindi bound and blindfolded and the worse for wear.

‘He was being threatened with being killed but with his death being made to look like an overdose.

‘The police officers attending arrested the three males present in the room with him.’

Majid, Hykaj and Salihi were all found by police in the room with Mr Al-Hindi.

All five men admitted conspiracy to falsely imprison and conspiracy to blackmail.

Dumble, of Old Pye Street, Westminster, was cleared of conspiracy to falsely imprison and conspiracy to blackmail.

The five men were remanded in custody ahead of sentence on  June 7.

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