Girls tortured woman for hours
Girls tortured woman for hours
Apr 17 2004
The Western Mail
THREE girls subjected a woman to a catalogue of systematic and brutal violence during two hours of torture, a court heard yesterday.
Jennifer Hughes was told by her attackers they would “finish her off” after hitting her on the head with a bottle and repeatedly stabbing her in the legs.
Natasha Elizabeth Thomas, 16, Jennifer Louise Evans, 17 and Kelly Anne Evans, 17, all of Caernarfon, were sentenced to two-and-a-half years detention.
The judge, Recorder Julian Shaw, said that the victim had been tortured as she pathetically begged to be left alone but she was prevented from leaving the flat in Caernarfon.
“It was nothing short of appalling violence perpetuated on a wholly defenceless young woman,” Mr Shaw said. “It beggars’ belief that the three of you subjected her to repeated punching to the head . . . kicks and stamping upon her”.
The victim was offering no violence and tried to get away but she was prevented from doing so and was subjected to sickening violence.
“You kept her in that flat against her will and systematically tortured her,” he said.
At one stage the judge commented, “Without wishing to be too flippant, this is like ascene from a Tarantino film.”
Prosecutor Rhys Rowlands told how during the attack in December last year Kelly Evans elbowed her so hard to the face that she dropped to the floor where she was “pelted” with a bottle.
Jennifer Evans kicked and stamped on her face and head and held her arms, pinning her down, while the other two continued the brutal attack.
Natasha Thomas then took a knife and stabbed her six times to the legs.
Other young women who had been sickened by the violence left, only to return more than an hour later to see blood on the walls and the attack still going on.
Miss Hughes was seriously injured and covered in blood. One eye was completely closed, the other virtually closed, and there was a shoe mark clearly defined on her face, Mr Rowlands said.
She also had puncture wounds to the legs where she had been knifed, bruising and swelling to the face and body, and a nasal bone was broken.
Mr Rowlands said it had been a vicious and sustained attack in the early hours ofthe morning which had probably lasted much more than two hours and came to anend at 5am.
Kelly Evans was described as “going bonkers” during the attack and said that she would finish her victim off.
The background was not clear but one of the defendants had accused Miss Hughes of sleeping with her boyfriend and another had accused her of being “a grass” over some minor misdemeanours in the homeless hostel where they were living at the time.
The judge said that he accepted that all three defendants had sad and difficult backgrounds but that could not excuse such gross violence.
Robert Jones, for Thomas, said his client was a vulnerable, troubled young woman who had participated in order to be accepted by her peers.
He said she suffered an unhappy childhood, had been in a children’s home and then a homeless hostel which was completely inappropriate.
She had been a truant since the age of 13, had mixed with older people, and the offence occurred in drink. Mr Jones said the offence did have an effect on her, as she was remorseful, but her present attitude was a front that was put on.
Gordon Hennell for Kelly Evans said that his client also had a troubled background,was immature, but was showing maturity and responsibility and had followed a number of courses while in custody.
She appreciated that she would have to get on with her life the best she could on her release.
John Wyn Williams for Jennifer Evans said that she was effectively of good character,was very young and it was sad that she had been involved.
“The sad aspect of this case is that you have three young women under the influence of drink acting like animals, like a pack of dogs, and there is no excuse for that.”