Don Weerakoon, 30, who kidnapped a woman, held a gun to her head and demanded £50,000 has been jailed for ten years at Cambridge Crown Court.
Weerakoon offered the victim, a woman in her 30s, a lift to work on 18 February, leaving his house in Victoria Road, Cambridge, at about 6.30am.
He was driving his BMW 5 Series along French’s Road when he locked the doors and pulled over. The pair sat in the car for three and a half hours, during which he pulled out a handgun, which was later found to be an imitation, pointed it at the woman and demanded £50,000.
Weerakoon also took the woman’s mobile phone and tried to force her to log into her bank account. He forced her to swallow a sleeping tablet.
The woman pretended to be drowsy to wait for members of the public to call for help and managed to open her door. Weerakoon leant over and began punching her in an attempt to keep her in the car before speeding off.
Moments later he abandoned the car and made off on foot, ditching his jacket and the ‘weapon’ in a nearby alley. He was later traced to a house in Birdwood Road and arrested.