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Brit ‘kidnapped’ in Italy is accused by his alleged captors of staging it

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Police found Sam Demilecamps handcuffed and barefooted in a darkened room in a small town in Italy
Police found Sam Demilecamps, 25, handcuffed and barefooted in a darkened room in a small town in northern Italy

A former private schoolboy has been accused of staging his own kidnap and torture to claim thousands of pounds in ransom money from his dad.

Sam Demilecamps, from London, was holidaying in Italy when he was allegedly abducted and held captive for eight days in an apartment in the small northern town of Monte San Giusto.

The 25-year-old was freed nearly two weeks ago but his shocking story has now been contested by his own ‘captors’.

Italian police found him starved and chained to a radiator on October 13 after he phoned his wealthy dad saying he needed £6,000 or he would be dead the next day.

He later told officers he had been waterboarded and Tasered while held hostage by three men and a woman.

The suspects were bailed under house arrest and their alleged victim is understood to have returned to Britain while the investigation continues.

His alleged kidnappers claimed it was a plot of the Brit’s own design, intended to extract the chunks of cash from his estranged parent to pay off a debt.

Sam Demilechamps, who found himself in the centre of an intense police investigation, and his mum Jally McCall
Sam Demilechamps, who is at the centre of an intense police investigation, and his mum Jally McCall
November 2016 ? Sam Demilecamps seen being rescued after a friend dared him to jump into the sea from a 180ft cliff at the resort of Taormina, Sicily / https://messina.gazzettadelsud.it/foto/archivio/2016/11/27/taormina-turista-si-tuffa-da-60-metri-e-in-fin-di-vita-6e066cc7-85d3-4d30-87bc-009e006ad571/2/ November 2016 ? Sam Demilecamps seen being rescued after a friend dared him to jump into the sea from a 180ft cliff at the resort of Taormina, Sicily / Source: https://messina.gazzettadelsud.it/foto/archivio/2016/11/27/taormina-turista-si-tuffa-da-60-metri-e-in-fin-di-vita-6e066cc7-85d3-4d30-87bc-009e006ad571/2/
Back in 2016, he was rescued after a friend dared him to jump into the sea from a 180ft cliff in Sicily

His father, Patrick Demilecamps, a former investment banker who lives in Brussels, said: ‘I dont have anything to add to what has already become public knowledge.’

According to a source close to his dad, the two ‘lost contact a long time ago’.

The source added: What sort of kidnapper would let their hostage have a mobile phone – when everyone knows the police will be able to track them?’

The ex-private school student graduated from the £36,000-a-year boarding school Lord Wandsworth College in Hampshire.

Mr Demilecamps, who now describes himself as a chef, travelled to Italy in June, and was staying at a hostel in Florence by October.

The ex-private school student graduated from the £36,000-a-year boarding school Lord Wandsworth College in Hampshire
The ex-private school student graduated from the £36,000-a-year boarding school Lord Wandsworth College in Hampshire

After his dad received his call asking for £6,000, police tracked him down within 36 hours and launched an armed raid.

They found Mr Demilecamps chained and barefoot in a darkened room in a top-floor flat.

Suspects Rubens Beliga Gnaga, 18, an Italian, Dona Conte, 22, from Guinea, Ahmed Rajraji, 21, from Morocco, and Aida Carpani, 20, from Montenegro, were arrested on suspicion of kidnap for the purpose of extortion.

The four live between Monte San Giusto and the nearby town of Montegranaro.

Gnaga, however, told an Italian court: ‘It was a sham. We had lent him 7,000. The kidnapping was staged to convince his family to send us the money.’

The four were freed under house arrest while inquiries continue.

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