Autistic teen and pal with communication difficulties subjected to harrowing ordeal by pair Jail for thugs who bullied vulnerable men ‘for sport’
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
“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