Two women sentenced for kidnap, robbery and assault in Rugby
A 26-year-old woman and a 19-year-old woman were sentenced at Warwick Crown Court yesterday (16 March) after pleading guilty to kidnap, robbery and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Amy Harris, 26 of Easenhall Road. Harborough Magna, Rugby, also pleaded guilty to making threats to kill and was sentenced to 42 months in prison for the offences, to run concurrently.
The 19-year-old woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was given a community order for 12 months, with a 40 day supervision requirement.
Both defendants were also given restraining orders for an indefinite time, preventing any contact with the victim.
The sentencing follows an investigation into an incident that happened in Rugby on 24 February, 2015, when Harris and her co-defendant were involved in a dispute with the victim, a vulnerable 19-year-old woman who was known to the offenders.
The dispute resulted in the victim being driven from Coventry to Brinklow Marina in Rugby, where she was assaulted and robbed of her mobile phone.
The victim managed to gain assistance from members of the public living on nearby narrow boats, who found her in an understandably highly distressed.
Judge Sylvia de Bertodano said of the defendants: "You committed a number of serious offences, which had a serious affect on the victim's vulnerability, the fact is evidenced, you took pleasure in the committing of those offences.
"The psychological damaged caused will affect her for the rest of her life.
"This was a horrific, shocking and prolonged offence against a vulnerable teenager. People who commit these types of offences must go to prison."
Investigating officer, PSI Marcella Forrest of Rugby CID said: "This vulnerable adult was subjected to a violent and frightening ordeal, which still has a significant impact on her.
"She has shown true courage in reporting this crime and supporting the investigation and I cannot praise her bravery enough.
"Warwickshire Police is committed to supporting victims of all crime, including vulnerable adults and I hope the conviction and sentencing of the defendants sends out a clear message."
Issued: 4.40pm, Friday 17 March, Corporate Communications