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Autistic Teenager's Attackers Jailed

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4:51pm 29th May 2012

Two Cornish mums are jailed over a brutal attack on an autistic teenager.

The 17 year old girl was punched and bottled in November, before being robbed, stripped and left to walk home in her underwear.

22 year old Layla Ridgement from St Austell and 23 year old Kirsty Stevenson from Camborne will each serve five years for false imprisonment and robbery.

Judge Christopher Harvey Clark QC said: "This is a particularly serious case which involved sadistic cruelty to a very vulnerable young woman. The facts will shake anyone who hears or reads of them.

"The victim was 17, autistic, of low intelligence, easily led and trusting - she takes people at face value. You lured her to Ridgement's flat and locked the door. You showed her no mercy.

"You, Stephenson, smashed a bottle over her head, punched her in the face, pulled her hair and kneed her in the face. The girl was in tears of pain and pleaded with you both to stop and let her go. You demanded she hand over her telephone and told her to take off her clothes.

"Only when you had robbed and humiliated her did you allow her to leave in her underwear".

Judge Clark added: "You then went to the supermarket, purchased more alcohol and went on drinking and no doubt laughing about what you had done to that poor girl.

"It was perfectly clear from the mother's statement that the victim's mental condition had declined since these cruel and humiliating acts were perpetrated upon her.

"I take into account your ages but the sentences must also take into account the public sense of revulsion and horror at the sadistic cruelty to show to an autistic girl".

4:51pm 29th May 2012

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