Judge lifts ban on naming youths who gang-raped girl of 14
PUBLISHED: 21:44 08 December 2008 | UPDATED: 13:52 05 October 2010
A JUDGE tonight lifted the ban on identifying seven of the nine youths who gang-raped a 14-year-old schoolgirl on an East London housing estate. Two of the gang named are just 15, five are 16. All nine have been sentenced to a total of 54 years after six were convicted on Friday—including a boy of 14—and three pleaded guilty
TOP, left to right: Jayden Ryan, 16, from Hackney’s Frampton Park Estate, Jack Bartle, 16, from South Hackney, and Alexander Vanderpuye, 15, from Frampton Park. ABOVE, left to right: Yusuf Raymond, 16, from Hackney, Weilid Ibrahim, 17, from Bethnal Green, O’Neil Denton, 16, formally from Hackney, now Wanstead, and Cleon Brown, 15, from South Hackney
A JUDGE tonight lifted the ban on identifying seven of the nine youths who gang-raped a 14-year-old schoolgirl on an East London housing estate.
The ban was lifted on reporting restrictions at the sentencing at Snaresbrook crown court to name and shame’ the seven juveniles (pictured) who took part in the kidnap and gang rape on Hackney’s Frampton Park Estate.
Two of the gang publicly named are just 15, five are 16 and one is 17.
All nine have been sentenced to a total of 54 years today (Monday), after six were convicted on Friday—including a boy of 14—and three who previously pleaded guilty.
Det Con Jonathan Burks, from the squad that hunted down the gang, said after the trial: “The young girl went through a distressing and traumatic ordeal at the age of just 14.
“The motive for this sickening assault appears to be that the girl had previously disrespected’ one of the gang and he took his revenge.
“The others followed his lead in a pack mentality.”
The youngest, the same age as the gang’s terrified victim, was given two years and five months at a secure training centre.
Two of the gang lived on the Frampton Park estate where the attack took place, 16-year-old Jayden Ryan from Sloane House and 15-year-old Alexander Vanderpuye from Forsyth House. Both have been sent to a young offenders’ institution, Ryan for eight years, Vanderpuye for six.
Cleon Brown, also 15, from King Edward’s Road in South Hackney, and Jack Bartle, 16, from nearby Handley Road, each got six years.
A 16-year-old previously found guilty of rape and false imprisonment was sentenced to three years and nine months.
The other three gang members who admitted rape, kidnap and false imprisonment were Yusuf Raymond, 16, from Exbury House in Brenthouse Road, Hackney, given nine years, Weilid Ibrahim, 17, from Whiston Road in Bethnal Green, and O’Neil Denton, 16, formally from Hackney now living in Wanstead, each given seven years and four months.
The girl was on her way home on April 30 last year when she was pulled into a block of flats in King Edward’s Road and raped orally and vaginally.
She fought back, but the gang threatened to kill her and she gave up, fearing for her life.
The gang were interrupted by a passer-by and dragged her off to another block, where she was raped another six times.
GIRL’S IMPACT STATEMENT
The following is the girl’s Impact Statement read out in court:
“I HAVE to live with the fear of seeing them again, feeling like a prisoner, having to look over my shoulder everywhere I go.
“Going to bed was really hard. The whole bedtime thing was hard.
“I would stay awake too scared to close my eyes because I would be back with those boys. I still get flashbacks now.
“Because of what happened, I would have a bath two or three times a day. No matter how many times I bathed, I still felt dirty.
“I began to hate myself, blaming, doubting and questioning myself, thinking about everything I should have done—run, shout, scream.
“At the time when it’s happening, you don’t think to do all those things because you’re scared and have to do what they want to stay alive.
“Now when I hear people talking about rape, saying they would fight, run and scream, all the things I wished I had done, I shout saying, No you wouldn’t—you would be too scared.’
THEY HAD KNIVES
“I tried to fight, but they had knives and there were more of them and only one of me.
“They were a lot stronger than I was and even now, thinking about it, makes me cry.
“Just seeing them touching me and hurting me makes me want to scream.
“I hated myself for this and started thinking of suicide, how and when I would end the feelings.
“I tried with a knife at my aunt’s house when everyone was at work and I was alone.
“I held the knife to my wrist, then saw a picture of my baby cousin who is two who I had treated like my sister. I saw that picture and didn’t do it.
“I would get angry that I couldn’t even end my life and cut myself with anything I could find, a compass or scissors, the sharp point on tweezers. It made me feel better.
“I would light a cigarette and hold it on the palm of my hand and burn myself till I could not take the pain any more.
FRIENDS TURNED AGAINST ME
I hated myself and my life so much and felt like all the friends I had known turned on me, like I wanted all this to happen.
“All my old friends turned against me and I had no-one. I started giving up on life and felt I had done something wrong and was getting punished for it.
“I started drinking to deaden the anger, what they had done to me and why. Always the question—why?
“My life has changed so much because of what those boys did.
“I cannot turn back time. I have to live my life how it is now.
“Those boys ruined my future. I hate them. To them, what happened to me was a joke—but they destroyed my life.”