Two friends who admitted falsely imprisoning a man after he was bundled in to the back of a car boot were spared jail by a judge.
Nathan Davock and Kimberley Grundy drove to confront Dean Wilson in Scotter over alleged inappropriate remarks he made on Facebook.
Lincoln Crown Court heard Mr Wilson came out in to the street with a hammer and was disarmed by Davock using a knife he kept in his car to cut tow ropes.
The court was told Davock then asked Wilson to get in the boot of the car and drove off for a short distance.
Edna Leonard, prosecuting, said: “Clearly Wilson got in to the back of the vehicle. He was locked in the boot, while inside he had his mobile phone and used it to ring the police.”
Grundy denied knowing Wilson had been locked in the boot but admitted trying to take his phone in a moment of ‘panic’ when she realised he was inside the vehicle.
Gordon Stables, defending Davock, said: “He has been very foolish. He got himself involved in something he did not need to be in. He went too far in telling Dean Wilson to get in the boot but he stopped after only a short distance. It could not have been very long at all.”
Mr Stables said Davock was in full time employment with Scunthorpe based scaffolding company SGD.
Joanna Staples, defending Grundy, said she asked Davock to stop the car when she realised what had happened. As a result of the conviction Grundy had lost her job as a full time carer.
Davock, 23, of Kettleby View, Brigg, and Grundy, 26, of High Street, Messingham, both admitted the false imprisonment of Dean Wilson on 6th March this year.
Recorder Mark Rhind told the pair they had come very close to losing their liberty.
He said: “It is clear to me what you did to Dean Wilson is totally out of character. It is equally clear to me events spiraled out of control.”
Grundy was sentenced to nine months in prison, suspended for two years, placed under the supervision of a probation officer for two years and ordered to obey a six month nightly curfew.
Davock was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment suspended for two years, with 200 hours of unpaid work and a 12 month nightly curfew. He must also pay Mr Wilson £1,000 in compensation.