Two men and three women have been jailed after being convicted of false imprisonment and making indecent photographs of a child.
Daniello Johnson of no fixed abode, Antonio Williams of London Road, Thornton Heath, both 19, were jailed for four years and Sian Roberts, 24, of Churchdown Road, Bromley was jailed for two years and six months after being found guilty of false imprisonment.
Victoria Beckford, 27, of Hawke Road, Gypsy Hill and Siobhan Vaughan, 29, of Menlo Gardens, Croydon were also jailed for four years after being found guilty of two counts of false imprisonment. Beckford and Vaughan were also given a nine month sentence after being found guilty of making incident photographs of a child. Both these sentences are to run concurrently.
All five were sentenced at Inner London Crown Court following a trial in July.
On 14th August 2010 the victim, aged 16, was visiting a friend at a mother and baby hostel in Ferndale Road, SW4. When she arrived at the flat Johnson and Williams were also there.
After about an hour, Johnson grabbed the victim and tied her wrists together, he took her mobile phone and locked her in a cupboard. After being let out of the cupboard the victim was viciously beaten by Johnson with a leather belt and then locked back in the cupboard.
After letting the victim out of the cupboard again, Williams called Sian Roberts who also came to the flat. It was alleged by Roberts that the victim owed her £100 and this was the reason for the attack.
Roberts forcefully dragged the victim out of the flat to a parked Ford Focus. Inside the car were Beckford and Robert’s four year old child. After driving around Camberwell and Brixton for a while Roberts then drove to Siobhan Vaughan’s house. Vaughan is a friend of Beckford.
Robert’s child had left the car when Roberts, Vaughan and Beckford drove with the victim to a car park in Crystal Palace Park.
It was here that the defendants demanded the victim remove all of her clothes. Beckford and Vaughan then used their mobile phones to take pictures. Beckford then signalled for Roberts to join them so that the victim could apologise. The photographs taken were then distributed on social networking sites.
Williams and Johnson were arrested on 17th August 2010 while Roberts and Beckford were arrested on 23rd August. Vaughan was arrested on 20th September.
Police Constable, Andrew Birks, from CID at Lambeth said: “This is a horrific case where the victim was subjected to hours of abuse, assault and humiliation by five defendants who when arrested told police a string of lies to try and conceal their involvement.
“Through the bravery of that child, the jury has been able to recognise the truth behind the events of that day and to reach the verdicts that they have. The events themselves left a traumatic mark on her life, made worse by having to appear in court and relive them because these defendants continued their trail of deceit. This sends a clear message that gang style behaviour like this will not be tolerated and the police will seek to prosecute those who choose to behave in this way.”