Two Rotorua men have been jailed for their part in kidnapping and assaulting a teenager.

Benjamin Sweeney, who was 19 at the time, was put into a freezer, locked in a cupboard and put in a wardrobe and a car boot after an argument with an associate about drugs.

Michael Russell John Barker, 29, was sentenced to seven years in prison and Blaise Quentin Smith, 34, to three years and two months for their parts in the event.

Barker had pleaded guilty to one charge of kidnapping, and one charge of injuring with intent to injure.


He was also found guilty by a jury of another charge of kidnapping, another charge of injuring with intent to injure and one charge of aggravated robbery.

Smith pleaded guilty to one count of kidnapping on the first day he was meant to face trial.

The duo was sentenced by Judge David McKegg in the Rotorua District Court today.

Another Rotorua man, Jimmy Mathew Wells, 27, has already been dealt with by the courts for his part in the teenager's ordeal.