Louise Hewitt, 26, of Torquay, Devon, who has learning difficulties, feared for her life during the brutal nine-hour torture ordeal, which has left her permanently scarred.Predictably, this will strengthen calls for there to be a special ‘disability hate crime’ law when what really needs to happen is a good long overhaul of the justice system…
The vicious gang even forced their blood-soaked victim to clean up the mess caused by the attack, which she did because she 'was so anxious to please'.
Miss Hewitt's ordeal began after 38-year-old Karl Cook - with whom she shared her home - accused her of making an accusation against him and his young girlfriend Mary Willoughby, 22.‘With whom she shared her home’..? No more is said.
Encouraged by Mr Cook, Ms Willoughby began to repeatedly punch and kick Miss Hewitt in the face. The attack continued for several hours, until they got bored and wanted to 'spice up their sport', the court heard.Premeditated sadistic savagery. Why should these people ever again see the light of day?
The pair then frogmarched their victim to another Torquay flat, where they joined Lisa Hill, 26, and 27-year-old Kelly Taylor. There Mr Cook 'started to get into his stride and he told the victim she would be subjected to ten different beatings', the court was told.
Judge Graham Cottle jailed Mr Cook, Ms Willoughby and Ms Taylor for a total of eight years each. Ms Hill was given three years as she played a lesser part in the incident. The sentences were concurrent.*sigh*
He singled out Cook as the instigator of the attacks even though the women were the ones who meted out most of the violence.Unfortunately typical. For a certain type of woman.