Victim of 11-hour torture ordeal 'accepted he was going to die' at hands of dangerous captors at thug's home in Northumberland
Two thugs who held another man captive and tortured him for 11 hours have been jailed for 34 years after being convicted for their “sickening” and “violent” crimes.
David Pattinson, 37, and Arthur Collin, 49, were branded dangerous criminals by a judge at Newcastle Crown Court and handed lengthy prison sentences after being found guilty by a jury following trial.
The pair held their 26-year-old victim captive at Pattinson’s Northumberland home, subjecting him to repeated assaults, including being stabbed and beaten.
When the men attempted to move their victim to another location, he managed to flee and flag down a passing bus.
In a statement read out in court the victim said: “I had actually given up on my life at that point in the night and accepted I was going to die.
“What makes this whole event worse is the fact Pattinson and Collin have never admitted their guilt and they have made me go to court and relive the whole experience again.”
This incident, which was in April 2019, happened just three weeks after Pattinson had assaulted another man at his address.
The 34-year-old victim feared so much for his own safety that following the violence he fled the address without his shoes on.
Detective Constable Anthony Murray was one of the leading officers on the investigation.
He said: “I’ve dealt with some particularly nasty and violent cases during my career as a police officer but this has been one of the worst.
“Pattinson and Collin are two incredibly dangerous offenders who are now safely off our streets. However, the physical and mental trauma suffered by the victims will live with them their whole life.
“Hopefully, knowing they are behind bars will bring some comfort to the victims and I want to thank him for his bravery and dedication during this incredibly difficult investigation and trial.”
Pattinson, of Braeside, Berwick, was sentenced to a total of 20 years for his crimes – 15 years for assault, false imprisonment, threats to kill and possession of class A drugs with intent to supply and five years to run consecutively for the assault three weeks prior.
Collin, of Hurkur Crescent, Eyemouth, Scotland, was found guilty of assault and false imprisonment and was sentenced to a total of 14 years behind bars.
DC Murray added: “Our investigation team are delighted with the result and I want to thank everyone on the team for their hard work on this case.
“I think we all hope we don’t come across another sickening and violent case such as this anytime soon.”