Hope man pleads guilty to kidnap offence

Published date: 18 March 2014 |
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A MAN has pleaded guilty to charges of kidnap, grievous bodily harm and possession of a firearm.

Keiron Salkeld, 22, of Llwyn Alun, Hope, admitted the offences when he appeared at Chester Crown Court yesterday. A trial had been due to get underway.

For the prosecution, Gareth Roberts said separate allegations involving a stun gun and CS gas canister would not be pursued.

Judge Roger Dutton said: “He has pleaded guilty at the last gasp and is still entitled to some credit.”

The court was told the kidnap and GBH offences, where the victim was named as Mark Williams, took place on October 11 last year. The firearms charge involved a smooth bore gun of less than 60 centimetres in length.

Judge Dutton told Salkeld: “There will be a report prepared by the probation service.

“You will be remanded in custody with sentencing in about 28 days’ time.”

The case was adjourned to today when a date for sentencing is to be set.

Two other men have already pleaded guilty to charges of kidnap, GBH and blackmail.

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