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  • Mawande Sicwebu grabbed the girl telling her 'come with me or I'll kill you'
  • He dragged her away and subjected her to 40 minute ordeal in Colchester, Essex
  • But the girl's father contacted her by chance and screamed: 'Run for your life'
  • Victim was saved by the 'lucky' call, prosecutors told Ipswich Crown Court
  • Sicwebu was jailed for two years and eight months after admitting the abduction

By Scott Campbell For Mailonline

Published: 03:44 EST, 16 February 2017 | Updated: 03:58 EST, 16 February 2017

Mawande Sicwebu grabbed the girl and told her 'come with me or I'll kill you' before dragging her away Mawande Sicwebu grabbed the girl and told her 'come with me or I'll kill you' before dragging her away

Mawande Sicwebu grabbed the girl and told her 'come with me or I'll kill you' before dragging her away

A horrified father heard his 11-year-old daughter being beaten up and abducted after calling her mobile phone by chance as she was being abducted by a drunk man.

Mawande Sicwebu, 27, grabbed the girl as she was walking home from school and dragged her away towards a house while punching her.

The youngster's father telephoned while the school pupil was 40 minutes into her ordeal and she screamed: 'A man is trying to kidnap me.'

He could also hear a man in the background ordering the 'hysterical' girl to put down her mobile phone during the terrifying abduction in Colchester, Essex.

Ipswich Crown Court heard how the off-duty security guard screamed down his phone 'just run for your life' before losing contact with her.

The father immediately rang her back and heard his daughter out of breath and gasping: 'I can't run any more; my tummy is hurting'.

A family friend later found the girl in a distressed state and took her to her mother's house, said prosecutor Cathy McCulloch.

Members of the public were so worried they flagged down a passing police car.

The girl later told detectives she had been approached by a man on the town's George Street who told her: 'Come with me or I'll kill you' at around 4.30pm on October 12 last year.

The attacker ordered a boy who was with her to walk to nearby Castle Park as he put her through a 40 minute ordeal.

The girl claimed he grabbed her by the wrist, slapped her face and punched her in the chest and stomach, leaving her badly winded.

Miss McCulloch said the girl had been saved by the 'lucky' call from her father.

She added: 'But for the telephone call from her father we don't know what would have happened to her.'

At Ipswich Crown Court, Sicwebu admitted abducting the girl and assaulting her and was jailed for two years and eight months At Ipswich Crown Court, Sicwebu admitted abducting the girl and assaulting her and was jailed for two years and eight months

At Ipswich Crown Court, Sicwebu admitted abducting the girl and assaulting her and was jailed for two years and eight months

Mental health carer Sicwebu, 27, of Halstead, Essex, was arrested the next day.

He admitted abducting the girl and assaulting her and was jailed for two years and eight months.

The court heard it appeared to be a completely random abduction attempt with no obvious pre-planning.

Judge Martyn Levett said Sicwebu described the incident as 'terrifying'.

He said: 'I hope these remarks send a message to you, and others who consider committing similar crimes.

'No adult person can place themselves in the position of an 11-year-old child who has been taken, or even understand the shock of a stranger taking them to an unknown place.

'You had been drinking for a considerable period on the day in question and have admitted you are ashamed of your actions.

'You have a child of your own and should be ashamed.

'What is unforgivable is you hit her while sending her friend away. All she did was leave school and try to return home.'

Catherine Bradshaw, defending, said Sicwebu had three young children and had spent four months in custody.

She said he had been drinking heavily on the day in question and was shocked and upset by what he had done.

Sicwebu told police after being arrested that he had started to feel sick after drinking on the day of the incident from 10am to 4pm and was seeking assistance.

The court was told his heavy drinking, and high stress levels caused by a recent promotion at work, were the only possible reasons for his behaviour.

Miss Bradshaw said: 'He is distressed about the crime he has committed and the effect it has had on the victim.

'His two main regrets are for the victim, and the additional stress he has put on his young family.'

She said that he arrived in the UK as a four-year-old, worked to get an education, earned an Open University degree as a young father and gained employment as a mental health carer.

The court was handed eight character references about him.

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