Jury are ‘satisfied’ man was kidnapper

First published in Echo News

A HOODED man who kidnapped and dragged a woman through the streets must undergo psychological assessments before being sentenced.

On Thursday jurors at Basildon Crown Court said they were “satisfied” Lewis Waters, 24, of Lindsell Green, Basildon, had carried out the kidnapping.

On November 29 he grabbed the woman from behind as she walked through an alley leading into Clayburn Circle, Basildon.

She was dragged through the streets while pleading for help from passersby, who didn’t help.

Yesterday, Waters could not plead to the charge, or give evidence, because he was deemed mentally unfit to do so.

As a result, the jury were told they could not find him guilty or not guilty. Instead they had to be satisfied of the charge against him.

Judge John Lodge said: “Lewis Walters has profound learning difficulties, which is why he was unfit to plead. There’s absolutely no question of punishment in a case of this kind because it’s not what it’s about.

“What we are concerned about is ensuring public safety.”

The court had previously heard the woman, who the Echo has chosen not to name, had been grabbed from behind by Waters before he clamped his hand over her mouth.

He dragged her into Clayburn Circle, where she lost her shoes and socks. She offered her shopping bags to Waters who threw them on the ground and continued to drag her.

The court heard the woman had called for help from at least seven people, telling them she did not know Waters. They all ignored her.

She was eventually rescued by three men who confronted Waters, who then walked away.

Daniel Cater, a family friend of Waters, chased after him before he was punched in the face. The court heard he had at first thought the attacker was Waters’s brother Joe, before realising his mistake.

The jury was satisfied Waters had carried out kidnapping and assault by beating.

Judge Lodge adjourned sentencing for psychological reports for six weeks.

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12:45pm Sat 14 Jun 14

Rio25 says...

It sounds as though this happened in the day with the mention of shopping bags. I find it very sad that nobody intervened, although I understand how difficult it is to actually go over, if there was more than one person they could have helped together or at least called the police as most people have mobiles these days. I experienced an incident recently, where someone became aggressive and violent towards me in the high street in the day and despite many onlookers not one person helped and one man just stood there laughing. There are some nasty people out there and not just the perpetrators.
It sounds as though this happened in the day with the mention of shopping bags. I find it very sad that nobody intervened, although I understand how difficult it is to actually go over, if there was more than one person they could have helped together or at least called the police as most people have mobiles these days. I experienced an incident recently, where someone became aggressive and violent towards me in the high street in the day and despite many onlookers not one person helped and one man just stood there laughing. There are some nasty people out there and not just the perpetrators. Rio25
  • Score: 24

4:59pm Sat 14 Jun 14

born and raised criminal says...

Rio25 wrote:
It sounds as though this happened in the day with the mention of shopping bags. I find it very sad that nobody intervened, although I understand how difficult it is to actually go over, if there was more than one person they could have helped together or at least called the police as most people have mobiles these days. I experienced an incident recently, where someone became aggressive and violent towards me in the high street in the day and despite many onlookers not one person helped and one man just stood there laughing. There are some nasty people out there and not just the perpetrators.
If anyone starts on me, i smash the living day lights out of them. Done 2 trips to prison for GBH. One of which was borderline attempted murder as I dropped a paving stone on someones head. But boy they fully deserved it though.

But i've also got a heart of gold. I would help anyone who was getting into trouble in the street, or if I saw a woman being raped/attacked I would not hesitate to try and murder the low life that was doing it. Most of my mates are doormen, and body builders, and i'm a face from where i'm from. No one would even consider laying a finger on me or my associates, because they know they will probably get murdered.
[quote][p][bold]Rio25[/bold] wrote: It sounds as though this happened in the day with the mention of shopping bags. I find it very sad that nobody intervened, although I understand how difficult it is to actually go over, if there was more than one person they could have helped together or at least called the police as most people have mobiles these days. I experienced an incident recently, where someone became aggressive and violent towards me in the high street in the day and despite many onlookers not one person helped and one man just stood there laughing. There are some nasty people out there and not just the perpetrators.[/p][/quote]If anyone starts on me, i smash the living day lights out of them. Done 2 trips to prison for GBH. One of which was borderline attempted murder as I dropped a paving stone on someones head. But boy they fully deserved it though. But i've also got a heart of gold. I would help anyone who was getting into trouble in the street, or if I saw a woman being raped/attacked I would not hesitate to try and murder the low life that was doing it. Most of my mates are doormen, and body builders, and i'm a face from where i'm from. No one would even consider laying a finger on me or my associates, because they know they will probably get murdered. born and raised criminal
  • Score: -10

5:36pm Sat 14 Jun 14

Rio25 says...

born and raised criminal wrote:
Rio25 wrote:
It sounds as though this happened in the day with the mention of shopping bags. I find it very sad that nobody intervened, although I understand how difficult it is to actually go over, if there was more than one person they could have helped together or at least called the police as most people have mobiles these days. I experienced an incident recently, where someone became aggressive and violent towards me in the high street in the day and despite many onlookers not one person helped and one man just stood there laughing. There are some nasty people out there and not just the perpetrators.
If anyone starts on me, i smash the living day lights out of them. Done 2 trips to prison for GBH. One of which was borderline attempted murder as I dropped a paving stone on someones head. But boy they fully deserved it though.

But i've also got a heart of gold. I would help anyone who was getting into trouble in the street, or if I saw a woman being raped/attacked I would not hesitate to try and murder the low life that was doing it. Most of my mates are doormen, and body builders, and i'm a face from where i'm from. No one would even consider laying a finger on me or my associates, because they know they will probably get murdered.
Well I'm not the fighting type at all and don't condone violence, so it is difficult to get the balance between not coming across too intimidated and standing up for yourself without being violent or aggressive. The type of person who started on me was out for a fight and was not at all the type of person you could reason with, but they probably would've been less likely to start on a bloke or someone bigger that's why target certain types of people because they're cowards
[quote][p][bold]born and raised criminal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rio25[/bold] wrote: It sounds as though this happened in the day with the mention of shopping bags. I find it very sad that nobody intervened, although I understand how difficult it is to actually go over, if there was more than one person they could have helped together or at least called the police as most people have mobiles these days. I experienced an incident recently, where someone became aggressive and violent towards me in the high street in the day and despite many onlookers not one person helped and one man just stood there laughing. There are some nasty people out there and not just the perpetrators.[/p][/quote]If anyone starts on me, i smash the living day lights out of them. Done 2 trips to prison for GBH. One of which was borderline attempted murder as I dropped a paving stone on someones head. But boy they fully deserved it though. But i've also got a heart of gold. I would help anyone who was getting into trouble in the street, or if I saw a woman being raped/attacked I would not hesitate to try and murder the low life that was doing it. Most of my mates are doormen, and body builders, and i'm a face from where i'm from. No one would even consider laying a finger on me or my associates, because they know they will probably get murdered.[/p][/quote]Well I'm not the fighting type at all and don't condone violence, so it is difficult to get the balance between not coming across too intimidated and standing up for yourself without being violent or aggressive. The type of person who started on me was out for a fight and was not at all the type of person you could reason with, but they probably would've been less likely to start on a bloke or someone bigger that's why target certain types of people because they're cowards Rio25
  • Score: 4

2:15pm Sun 15 Jun 14

DAGASMAN says...

born and raised criminal wrote:
Rio25 wrote:
It sounds as though this happened in the day with the mention of shopping bags. I find it very sad that nobody intervened, although I understand how difficult it is to actually go over, if there was more than one person they could have helped together or at least called the police as most people have mobiles these days. I experienced an incident recently, where someone became aggressive and violent towards me in the high street in the day and despite many onlookers not one person helped and one man just stood there laughing. There are some nasty people out there and not just the perpetrators.
If anyone starts on me, i smash the living day lights out of them. Done 2 trips to prison for GBH. One of which was borderline attempted murder as I dropped a paving stone on someones head. But boy they fully deserved it though.

But i've also got a heart of gold. I would help anyone who was getting into trouble in the street, or if I saw a woman being raped/attacked I would not hesitate to try and murder the low life that was doing it. Most of my mates are doormen, and body builders, and i'm a face from where i'm from. No one would even consider laying a finger on me or my associates, because they know they will probably get murdered.
"Most of my mates are doormen,
and body builders" i can almost guarantee you have no friends at all.
[quote][p][bold]born and raised criminal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rio25[/bold] wrote: It sounds as though this happened in the day with the mention of shopping bags. I find it very sad that nobody intervened, although I understand how difficult it is to actually go over, if there was more than one person they could have helped together or at least called the police as most people have mobiles these days. I experienced an incident recently, where someone became aggressive and violent towards me in the high street in the day and despite many onlookers not one person helped and one man just stood there laughing. There are some nasty people out there and not just the perpetrators.[/p][/quote]If anyone starts on me, i smash the living day lights out of them. Done 2 trips to prison for GBH. One of which was borderline attempted murder as I dropped a paving stone on someones head. But boy they fully deserved it though. But i've also got a heart of gold. I would help anyone who was getting into trouble in the street, or if I saw a woman being raped/attacked I would not hesitate to try and murder the low life that was doing it. Most of my mates are doormen, and body builders, and i'm a face from where i'm from. No one would even consider laying a finger on me or my associates, because they know they will probably get murdered.[/p][/quote]"Most of my mates are doormen, and body builders" i can almost guarantee you have no friends at all. DAGASMAN
  • Score: 1

2:18pm Sun 15 Jun 14

DAGASMAN says...

Must have been terrifying to be dragged down the street in the middle of the day, be screaming to passers-by and them all ignoring you, im almost as angry about that as i am about a complete weirdo attacking a woman in the 1st place, what utter cowards! i hope that if they are ever attacked nobody answers their screams.
Must have been terrifying to be dragged down the street in the middle of the day, be screaming to passers-by and them all ignoring you, im almost as angry about that as i am about a complete weirdo attacking a woman in the 1st place, what utter cowards! i hope that if they are ever attacked nobody answers their screams. DAGASMAN
  • Score: 2

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