Cornwall

Women who attacked autistic teenager in Cornwall jailed

Kirsty Stevenson (l) and Layla Ridgement
Image caption Stevenson (l) and Ridgement lured the vulnerable teenager to Ridgement's home before assaulting her

Two women have been jailed for five years for assaulting, robbing and falsely imprisoning an autistic teenager in Cornwall two years ago.

Layla Ridgement, 22, of Trenance Place, St Austell and Kirsty Stevenson, 23, of Roskear Road, Camborne, had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.

The victim, who cannot be identified, was lured to Ridgement's home, where she was assaulted, robbed and stripped.

The judge at Truro Crown Court also issued an indefinite restraining order.

'Completely traumatised'

The court was told the "horrifying" crime took place one night in November 2010, after Ridgement and Stevenson lured the vulnerable teenager to the property.

They smashed a bottle over her head, punched her in the face, knocked her on to the floor and ordered her to strip to her underwear before finally allowing her to leave. They also stole her mobile phone.

After sentencing, Crown prosecutor Jonathan Richards said: "Everybody has the right to live free from fear and harassment and the Crown Prosecution Service is determined to prosecute those who target learning disabled people with the full force of the law.

"This was a horrifying crime committed against a vulnerable victim who was completely traumatised by what they did to her."

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