David Mason QC, Gary Bell QC and Phil Bradley from No5 Chambers are defending in a kidnap conspiracy case after Wasim Yaqub, 37, was allegedly kidnapped outside his home in Kidderminster, held captive in a storage unit and beaten with a hammer after a business deal went wrong.
Five men are on trial at Worcester Crown Court accused of charges including conspiracy to kidnap and wounding.
In 2009, Tariq Mahmood, one of the five defendants, Yaqub and another man invested a total of £50,000 in a business deal that went wrong. Tariq Mahmood accused Yaqub of taking the money and had been hunting him since then.
Yaqub, his partner Stacey Bayley and their two children had changed address frequently since 2009. On 3 August 2013, Bayley notified her parents that they were planning to move to London. Her father, Robert Collins, who has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to kidnap, told Paul Murray, another of the defendants, and Tariq Mahmood of their plans to move so the kidnap plan needed to be put into action.
Later on that evening, Bayley saw Murray and Tariq Mahmood attack Yaqub outside their home and force him into a car, which was driven by Robert Watters, and she called 999.
Yaqub was taken to the storage unit owned by Kulbir Bains, where he suffered a broken ankle and his face was badly injured. The next day, Yaqub was seen by passers-by being dumped from the car.
Tariq Mahmood, 41, of Birmingham, denies conspiracy to kidnap, false imprisonment, causing grievous bodily harm with intent and wounding with intent.
Tehery Mahmood, 37, of Birmingham, denies false imprisonment and causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
Murray, 42, of no fixed address, denies conspiracy to kidnap, false imprisonment and wounding with intent.
Steven Taylor, 37, of Birmingham, denies false imprisonment and wounding with intent.
Kulbir Bains, 40, of Birmingham, denies conspiracy to kidnap, false imprisonment and causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
The trial continues.