A British ex-private school student has been accused of staging his own abduction and torture to claim thousands of pounds in ransom money from his dad.
Sam Demilecamps, 25, doesn't even have his own family's support after they said they don't know who to believe, MailOnline reported.
Demilecamps comes from a wealthy family and attended the £36k a year boarding school Lord Wandsworth College in Hampshire.
He has struggled since leaving school and now describes himself as a chef, but needed emergency help after a bizarre 'dare' saw Sam leap into the sea from a 180ft cliff in Sicily five years ago.
Demilecamps was found starved and chained to a radiator after he phoned his distant dad saying he needed £6k immediately – or would be killed the next day.
Patrick Demilecamps is an ex-investment banker who now lives in Brussels.
The European suspects were bailed under house arrest and their alleged victim is understood to have returned to Britain as the investigation continues.
Yet the three men and a woman accused of the abduction now said the kidnapping two weeks ago was a plot of Sam's own design intended to extract £6k from his estranged father.
And the Demilecamps family has said they don't know who to believe.
Dad Patrick said: "I don’t have anything to add to what has already become public knowledge."
And managing director stepdad Derek McCall, 61, and skin therapist mum Jally, 60, declined to talk about the alleged kidnapping at their £2.5m Hampshire home.
A close family source revealed things may be more complicated than they seem.
They said: "His dad lost contact with him a long time ago – then he was suddenly contacted by Sam during this 'event' in Italy.
"He told him: 'I owe money to very dangerous people. This is a matter of life and death – if I don’t get 7,000 euros I’m dead tomorrow.'
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"But now it seems the situation is not quite what it appeared – and the so-called kidnappers are saying it was fraud all planned by Sam.
"And what sort of kidnapper would let their hostage have a mobile phone – when everyone knows the police will be able to track them?
"We all know about Sam’s cliff jump. That sums up what he’s like. And he spends money he hasn’t got."
Sam was unable to be reached for comment.
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The risk-taking youngster was staying at a hostel in Florence, having spent time in Italy since June.
He has described himself as an 'adrenaline junkie'.
After Patrick received the call requesting £6k, cops swiftly tracked him down and launched an armed raid.
They found Sam chained up and barefoot in a dark room in a flat in Monte San Giusto, central Italy.
Suspects Rubens Beliga Gnaga, 18, Dona Conte, 22, Ahmed Rajraji, 21, and Aida Carpani, 20, were arrested on suspicion of kidnapping.
Yet Gnaga told an Italian court: "It was a sham. We had lent him €7k. The kidnapping was staged to convince his family to send us the money."
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Sam told police: "My captors had seen me spending lavishly. They kicked and punched me, used a taser and pepper spray, then dragged me into a car and gave me tranquillisers.
"They drove me to Monte San Giusto. I was held underwater in the bath and beaten."
National Crime Agency officer Sean Kelly initially said: "We are pleased that this incident has been resolved successfully."
Yet a source in the Italian cops has sown distrust in the official version of events.
They added: "There are certain aspects which are still being looked at – such as the small amount of ransom demanded, and the fact he already knew the kidnappers."
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