Autis­tic teen and pal with com­mu­ni­ca­tion dif­fi­cul­ties sub­jected to har­row­ing or­deal by pair Jail for thugs who bul­lied vul­ner­a­ble men ‘for sport’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Housing Report - By Sian Napier

snapier@thek­m­group.co.uk A sadis­tic bully who im­pris­oned and ex­ploited two vul­ner­a­ble young men has been jailed for seven years. Dar­ren Giles, 19, lured two 19-year-olds to an Ash­ford prop­erty with pal Martin Day, 30, and sub­jected his vic­tims to a har­row­ing or­deal. One of the vic­tims was autis­tic while the other had com­mu­ni­ca­tion dif­fi­cul­ties, a court was told.

A jury at Can­ter­bury Crown Court had heard how the teenagers had been to a snooker club in Ash­ford on March 9 when they met a fe­male who was known to Giles.

Prose­cu­tor John O’Hig­gins said Giles and Day sug­gested the party head to a flat where Day lived in Mus­grove Lane, Ash­ford.

“It was there that th­ese lads’ or­deal be­gan and the main per­son re­spon­si­ble was Giles,” said Mr O’Hig­gins.

Bizarre

“His be­hav­iour be­came er­ratic and bizarre. From be­ing out­wardly friendly he would sud­denly change to be­ing vi­o­lently threat­en­ing.

“A par­tic­u­larly dis­turb­ing as­pect was the sex­ual na­ture of this be­hav­iour, the word one of the vic­tims used to de­scribe his or­deal was ‘tor­ment­ing’.”

Mr O’Hig­gins said Giles held a knife against one vic­tim’s cheeks then marked the other’s face.

Giles then told them: “Don’t tell any­one about what hap­pened tonight or we’ll be com­ing round your house to smash your face in!”

Then he told his vic­tims that if they told po­lice about the in­ci­dents he would kill them and their fam­i­lies, the prose­cu­tor said.

Mr O’Hig­gins told how one of the vic­tims was sub­se­quently taken to Asda by taxi and made to with­draw cash. He said later he had been in­tim­i­dated and ter­ri­fied by Giles’ er­ratic be­hav­iour.

Giles, 23, of Robin Hood Lane, Lydd, has been found guilty of black­mail, as­sault, false im­pris­on­ment and af­fray.

Day, 30, was found guilty of false im­pris­on­ment and was jailed for three years.

Judge Adele Wil­liams said it was a de­spi­ca­ble act and she told the pair: “You were mak­ing sport at the ex­pense of th­ese vul­ner­a­ble adults and you both were ques­tion­ing them about whether they had had sex­ual in­ter­course.

“The whole in­ci­dent, in my judge­ment, had a sadis­tic el­e­ment to it.”

Matthew Grif­fiths, de­fend­ing Giles, said there were many pos­i­tive as­pects to his client’s pre-sen­tence re­port and that he had shown re­morse.

Avirup Chaud­huri, de­fend­ing Day, said his role was very much sub­sidiary to that of Giles.

He said: “The whole pic­ture is an unattrac­tive one but no vi­o­lence was used by him and the pe­riod of false im­pris­on­ment was very short.

“He is very sorry about what hap­pened and a con­tribut­ing fac­tor was his con­sump­tion of drugs and al­co­hol.”

Judge Wil­liams told Giles: “You were the ring­leader and in my judge­ment you were an ar­ro­gant and ma­nip­u­la­tive man. “

She told Day: “You were weak and fell in with what was tak­ing place but it was your flat.”

Judge Wil­liams im­posed a re­strain­ing or­der on Giles and Day for two years and they were or­dered to pay £120 vic­tim sur­charges for each of the teenagers.

Judge Adele Wil­liams

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