Two men who kidnapped a 15-year-old schoolboy over a drugs debt have been jailed for three years each.
Steven Williamson, 31, of Highland Drive, Buckshaw Village, and Michael McDonald, 27, of Leyland Road, Leyland, both pleaded guilty to kidnap at an earlier hearing.
Their victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was abducted and threatened by them over a £550 debt, shortly after finishing school at lunchtime, the court heard.
Sitting at Preston Crown Court, Judge Robert Altham ordered the men to pay a £120 victim surcharge each.
A count of blackmail against the youngster, which both deny, is to lie on file.
Andrew Cresswell, prosecuting, said the victim had been “recruited” by McDonald, known locally as ‘Siddy’ and had built up a £550 drug debt.
He told the court the victim had left school at 1pm on May 14 and caught a bus into Leyland.
He said: “The victim was walking through Leyland town centre when a white Hyundai Space pulled up beside him.
“The driver, Williamson, told him to get in the car.
“McDonald hit his head and said: ‘You’ve got seven minutes to get my money.’
The court heard he was driven to a garage on Great Park Avenue where the boy was told he was going to be locked in the garage and “knee-capped” and that his mother would “have to scrape him off the floor”.
Mr Cresswell added: “Williamson then instructed him to ring his family and get the money.”
He phoned his father in a fearful and panicked voice, informing his dad he was being held by people he owed money to.”
The court heard the boy was hit while he was on the phone.
He was then made to ring his mother.
She heard a man’s voice shouting: “You’ve got seven minutes to get the money or we’ll scalp you”.
The boy was eventually released at 2.30pm near Argos in Leyland and told he had to get the money by 6pm.
Williamson pleaded guilty on the basis he was not involved in the supply of drugs.