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HELD PRISONER: Drug runner beaten and held captive with son in Watford, court hears (VIDEO)

 Published on: 12th July 2022   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A drug dealer attacked one of his runners and held him and his son prisoner at their Watford home, a jury heard today at St Albans Crown Court.

Seun Daramola, 38 of Byron Road, Wealdstone, North London, is said to have launched an attack on the victim at his apartment in Westland Road with a baseball bat, believed he had been cheated out of cash by the man.

He then went back several days later attacked the man, and prevented him and his teenage son from leaving the flat.

Daramola denies the charges of causing grievous bodily harm to the victim on two occasions (once between January 10 and 15, and another time on January 20). He also denies possession of heroin and cocaine and falsely imprisoning the man and the his son, all on January 20.

Prosecutor Stefan Weidmann told the jury that the victim was “no choirboy.”

He added: “He hasn’t led an unblemished life. He has had his problems with drugs over the years and has sold drugs.

“His boss in the disgusting drug dealing industry was Mr Daramola. He was selling drugs at behest of Mr Daramola.

“Mr Daramola believed he had been short-changed. He believed his employee had fiddled him out of a few hundred pounds.”

It was alleged that the first time Daramola went to the victim’s flat, he was angry about having been short-changed £500. There, he allegedly picked up a baseball bat and beat the victim with it. £500 was later transferred to his account.

A few days later, it was said that he returned once more, beat the victim again and barred him from leaving his flat. The victim’s was also prevented from leaving, after arriving at his dad’s flat after receiving a call.

The victim managed to persuade Daramola he could get his money by selling his and his son’s mobile phones. Upon getting outside, he contacted the police, who arrested the defendant and freed the teenage son.

Mr Weidmann said that £7,000 worth of heroin and £700 worth of cocaine, and several hundred pounds in cash were recovered from Daramola.

In a police interview, the defendant stated he had lent the money to the victim and wanted it back. He denied beating up or imprisoning anymore or being involved with drugs.

The trial continues.

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