Kidnap denied

PUBLISHED: 14:56 03 December 2008 | UPDATED: 15:46 25 August 2010

THREE men denied holding Lily Allen s friend hostage for nearly a week and were ordered to stand trial next summer.

THREE men denied holding Lily Allen's friend hostage for nearly a week and were ordered to stand trial next summer.

Jason Goode, 26, of Verdant Lane, Catford, Thijseen Johns-Elliot, 27, of Siddons Road, Forest Hill and Joseph Haji, 26, of Ashmore Road, Queen's Park, allegedly kidnapped two men, including the singer's pal in west London, and demanded £150,000 from their families.

Matthew Farmer, prosecuting, told Southwark Crown Court last Thursday: "It's a large, complex case concerning an alleged kidnapping that took place over a week in August this year, in which a group of men entered a small shop in west London and took two victims, young men, to a stronghold in Thamesmead.

"They were effectively rescued by police, demands having been made for large sums of money."

At the time of the incident Allen publicly thanked the police for getting her friend back safely and claimed he had been held in a car boot for six days.

Judge James Gledhill QC remanded Goode, Johns-Elliot and Haji in custody as before ahead of a five-week trial fixed for August 3 next year.

They each denied two counts of kidnap, two counts of false imprisonment and two counts of blackmailing £75,000 from each victim's family.

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