Ex-public schoolboy 'seen partying with kidnappers' who demanded £6,000 after claims abduction was staged

A FORMER public schoolboy who said he was kidnapped by a gang was seen in video partying and swimming with his abductors, it was reported.

Sam Demilecamps, 25, said he was tasered and waterboarded by his captors but one of the accused claimed in an Italian court the abduction was staged so he could pay off his debts.

Italian police found the ex-pupil of £36,000-a-year Lord Wandsworth College, Hants, tied to a ladder in a flat in central Italy in October.

His captors got £6,000 in ransom before Sam, who has been travelling in Italy, raised the alarm.

But a lawyer for one of the accused claims that video taken by his client Ahmed Rajraji, 21, proves that Sam was close to his captors, the Mirror reports.

Vando Scheggia also said the accused only kept Sam locked up so he could repay debts he had accumulated.

Mr Scheggia said said spent June, July and August with the group and video shows him at restaurants, the beach and a nightclub.

“If this was a real kidnap they could have taken him in June and asked for 600,000 euros,” he told the Mirror.

"Yes, Mr Demilecamps was held against his will. But they treated him well. He said they made him eat scraps like a dog but he cooked for them.

“During the five to six days he was in the house he managed to get friends to send 1,500 euros. “When he ­realised he wasn’t going to get more, he thought he could escape. They put handcuffs on him.”

Rajraji, Rubens Beliga Gnaga, 18, Dona Conte, 22, and 20-year-old Aurora Carpani have appeared in court on charges of “kidnapping for the purpose of extortion” and are under house arrest.

When Gnaga appeared in court in Italy last month after being arrested, the Daily Mail reported he told the judge: “It was a sham.”

“We had lent him €7,000. The kidnapping was staged to convince his family to send us the money.”

The accused allegedly held Sam, of Bordon, Hants, in a top-floor flat in Monte San Giusto.

“I had been with my captors several days prior to being kidnapped and they had seen me spending lavishly,” he told police.

“I was tasered, held underwater in the bath and beaten during the time I was held in the flat.

"I was also subdued with drugs and given very little food.”

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