Lily friend’s kidnappers’ in court

PUBLISHED: 18:35 22 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:32 25 August 2010

FIVE men accused of holding singer Lily Allen s friend hostage for a week appeared in court last Friday.

FIVE men accused of holding singer Lily Allen's friend hostage for a week appeared in court last Friday.

The men allegedly kidnapped the singer's friend and another man in west London in August this year.

They then made demands of £150,000 from the alleged victims' families, it is claimed.

Jason Goode, 26, Ashanti Kumpat, 28, Thijseen Johns-Elliot, 27, Paul Wigan, 28, and Joseph Haji, 26, are accused of kidnap, false imprisonment and blackmail between August 1 and 10 this year.

The defendants, who have been in custody since their arrests, did not enter any pleas during the short hearing at Southwark Crown Court.

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

The hearing was adjourned until November 27 this year.

Goode, of Verdant Lane, Catford; Kumpat, of Greenhaven Drive, Abbey Wood, Johns-Elliot, of Siddons Road, Forest Hill, Wigan, of Thomas Lane, Catford and Haji, of Ashmore Road, Queens Park, face two counts of kidnap, two counts of false imprisonment and two counts of blackmail for £75,000 from each victim's family.

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