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Teenage torture gang get total of 21 years’ detention

By Bedfordshire On Sunday  |  Posted: October 10, 2010

  • Georgina Blackwell

  • Natasha Cullum

  • Cerys Parkins

  • Amy Harrison

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Four teenage girls who subjected another girl to a five-hour torture ordeal have been locked up for a total of more than twenty years.

They bound and gagged their 17-year-old victim at two addresses in Bedford.

She was beaten and had her hair hacked off with scissors by the gang who threatened to cut her toes off.

Luton Crown Court heard on Tuesday the reason for the violence was that one of the gang believed the victim may have ‘set her up’ the night before when she was robbed in the street.

In the dock Natasha Callum of Dents Road, Bedford, Georgina Blackwell of Chaucer Road, Bedford, Cerys Parkins of Queens Road, Ampthill and Amy Harrison of Conduit Road, Bedford, all 19, pleaded guilty to two offences of false imprisonment and two assault charges.

Callum also pleaded guilty to two unrelated offences of robbery and attempted robbery. Prosecutor Claudette Elliott told how at around 11am on February 6 this year the gang went to the flat in Bedford where the girl was living.

Miss Elliot said they were ‘tooled up’ with a knife, a metal bar and a pair of pliers.

What followed was ‘premeditated, nasty and almost planned torture’, she added.

The victim who can’t be named, knew all the defendants who stuffed a white sock in her mouth to prevent her screaming.

Cable was used to bind her wrists, her ankles and thighs and she was repeatedly punched and kicked.

She was struck with a metal bar in the face. As the violence continued her nose was broken and she was threatened with scalding hot water.

Her pony tail was cut off by a pair of scissors and the girl heard one of the gang say: “You won’t get anyone’s man looking like this”.

Eventually the girl was taken from the flat to another address in Coventry Road, Bedford.

She had to walk there but was surrounded by the gang preventing any chance of escape.

She was again tied up and beaten and as the violence continued she passed out.

Judge Barbara Mensah was told that the defendant Blackwell had eventually become so upset by the violence that she left and went home to be sick.

Passing sentence she said the gang had been out for revenge and the violence they inflicted on the youngster had been ‘gratuitous, humiliating and degrading’.

The judge said all the defendants had previous convictions for violence.

She went on: “You all come from difficult backgrounds but that doesn’t stop you knowing what is right and what is wrong, when someone is in pain or distress.”
 
Callum was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in a young offenders’ institute, Harrison and Parkins each received a five year sentence and Blackwell was given a sentence of four-and-a-half years.

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  • Bedfordshire On Sunday  |  April 13 2012, 2:06PM

    i think they should all do their full time as yes i bet at least one will go back inside after they are come out.But its not always down to BAD Parenting when they leave home and have nothing to do with their families what are the parents to do ?...

  • Bedfordshire On Sunday  |  January 15 2012, 2:40PM

    i know these girls - and theyre a bunch of waste girls who feed off these kind of dramas and thinking theyre bad girls, just a bunch of cowardly violent bullies who would only attack in a group - id bet my last pound they will come out and go back inside quite quickly. Clear example of where bad parenting will get your kids

  • Bedfordshire On Sunday  |  January 14 2012, 7:13PM

    i was in jail with dese gyal right eya and dey safe as ***. dey wunt ov dun dat **** fi no reason. Love ya Georgiee mwah xx

  • Bedfordshire On Sunday  |  December 07 2011, 9:37AM

    unlucky amy, me and ryan will see u wen u get out x

  • Bedfordshire On Sunday  |  October 05 2011, 2:12PM

    unlucky see yuu in 2 and a half yrs x

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