Eleven members of the same family who kidnapped and tortured a couple they falsely suspected of murdering a widow have been jailed in what police described as the worst case of vigilantism they have seen.
The victims, who have been given new identities and cannot be named for legal reasons, were held against their will and subjected to severe beatings by the group as they attempted to extract confessions for the alleged killing.They even, amazingly enough, rang the police to hear the confession they were - at that very moment! - beating out of them!
What could explain such a disregard for the law?
The attacks happened after 75-year-old Gertrude Frankham - widow of leading travellers’ rights campaigner Eli Frankham - was found dead in her bed in Walpole St Andrew, Norfolk, in December 2012.Oh ho! That's what we call a clue. Isn't it?
Speaking to local newspaper the Lynn News after her mother’s death, Violet Chilton said: 'I will fight until the day I die for justice. She was our queen and she deserves justice.'And that's another....
Passing sentence, Judge Holt said some of the family still believe Mrs Frankham was murdered. He further added: 'This is a family that believed it was above the law and imposed its own law.'And...who do you think is responsible for encouraging them in that belief?
H/T: Dr Cromarty in comments