Carrying a person away, without his consent, by means of force, threats, or fraud. Kidnapping is a common-law offence that overlaps to some extent with the offences of child abduction and false imprisonment. Kidnapping is punishable with a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. A man may be guilty of kidnapping his wife and a parent may be guilty of kidnapping his child (R v D  AC 778 (HL). See also hostage.
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