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A PAIR of drug dealers have been given lengthy jail sentences for beating and torturing a university student they had ‘enslaved.’

Carlos Wilmot, 24, was given a total of 20 years for 10 offences relating to the brutal beating of Nathaniel Smith and dealing in class A and class B drugs around Portsmouth.

His accomplice Roy Sawyers, 23, was given 13 years for 13 related offences.

Mr Smith, who was in his second year of a graphic design degree at the University of Portsmouth, had met the pair when they forced their way into his life and home.

Wilmot had moved into Mr Smith’s home and refused to leave unless he did his bidding and act as a drugs runner for the two defendants.

Describing the 21-year-old student, prosecutor Rob Welling said: ‘Nathaniel Smith had effectively become enslaved by both Wilmot and Sawyers, drawn into dealing their class A drugs and beaten ruthlessly for any perceived slights on his behalf towards them.

‘Before he came to Portsmouth, Mr Smith was described as a family man, he played piano in his church on Sundays.’

But between May and July last year, the court heard how Mr Smith had not only been regularly kicked and punched, but also whipped with electrical wire and thrashed around the shins with golf clubs until the clubs broke.

On one occasion he was strangled with a belt until he passed out.

But things came to a head on July 3, 2012 when Mr Smith was told to beat another man they had been using in their trade called Sean McGrath at his home in St Paul’s Road, Southsea. When Mr Smith was deemed to have delivered an insufficient beating, Sawyers stepped in anyway,

Later in the day, at a home in St David’s Road, Somers Town, that the pair used as a base for their dealing, Wilmot and Sawyers beat Mr Smith as punishment for failing to do as he was told to Mr McGrath.

He was beaten so badly he woke up in a specialist burns unit at Salisbury Hospital. He had boiling water poured on him before Sawyers held a hot steam iron to his skin. Mr Smith passed out the first time the iron touched him, but there was evidence it was repeatedly put to his skin.

Mr Welling told Portsmouth Crown Court how when Mr Smith was found in the front garden of a home two doors down from where he was beaten in St David’s Road, Somers Town, it was initially thought he had been covered in petrol and set alight.

At the hospital he was also found to be suffering from a broken jaw and a bleed on his brain.

Wilmot and Sawyers, both originally from London, had come to Portsmouth with the intention to ‘take back the town, and cater to all tastes’ relating to drugs, Mr Welling said. They divided the trade between them with Sawyers concentrating on cocaine powder and cannabis while Wilmot focused on crack-cocaine and heroin.

Mr Smith was used to distribute and deliver the drugs for them around the city.

Sentencing the two men, Judge Ian Pearson said: ‘The two of you came to Portsmouth, dealing drugs in a substantial way. As part of that drug dealing, you exploited, bullied, two relatively young and inoffensive, timid and small students. That continued in a course of conduct that can only be described as torture.

‘You subjected them to appalling acts of brutality in a sustained campaign,’

He added: ‘This was gratuitous degradation, there was no reason for you to continue assaulting him in the way you did.’

HOW THEY WERE SENTENCED FOR THEIR CRIMES

Carlos Wilmot was given:

· 11-and-a-half years for inflicting malicious grievous bodily harm to Nathaniel Smith on July 4, 2012.

· Two-and-a-half years for false imprisonment of Mr Smith between July 2 and 5, concurrent.

· Six years for inflicting grievous bodily harm to Mr Smith between June 7 and 10, 2012, concurrent.

· 10 months for an assault occasioning actual bodily harm on Mr Smith on June 24, concurrent.

· 10 months for assaults, occasioning actual bodily harm on Mr Smith, between May 1 and July 5, 2012, concurrent.

· Three-and-a-half years for each of supplying cocaine, diamorphine and crack-cocaine, all class A drugs, concurrent.

· Two-and-a-half years for supplying cannabis, a class B drug, concurrent.

· One year for attempting to pervert the course of justice by slipping a prison visitor a letter asking him to find Mr Smith and ‘cause him harm’ on December 2, 2012, consecutive.

Judge Pearson added an extended period of four years because he ruled Wilmot to be a dangerous person at risk of reoffending, for a total of 20 years.

Roy Sawyers was given:

· Two years for an assault occasioning actual bodily harm to Mr McGrath on July 3, 2012.

· 10 months for threatening to kill Mr McGrath, on July 3, concurrent.

· Three months for theft of a mobile phone from Mr McGrath on July 3, concurrent.

· 10 months for false imprisonment of Mr McGrath on July 3, concurrent.

· Eight years for maliciously causing grievous bodily harm to Mr Smith on July 4, consecutive.

· Two years for false imprisonment of Mr Smith between July 2 and 5, concurrent

· 18 months for two counts of assaults, occasioning actual bodily harm on Mr Smith, between May 1 and July 5, 2012, concurrent.

· Three years for each of supplying cocaine, diamorphine and crack-cocaine, all class A drugs, concurrent.

· Two years for supplying cannabis, a class B drug, concurrent.

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