LAD’S PRIVATES BURNED WITH HAIR TONGS Thugs jailed after drug debt attack
ATERRIFIED teen who had red-hot hair straighteners clamped around his penis says he’ll live the rest of his life in fear.
Antony Dabbs, 18, thought he was going to die when two men pulled off his pants and burned him with the tongs in a savage attack over money owed for drugs.
He was then forced to flee his home in Bolton, Greater Manchester, fearing future repercussions.
Bolton Crown Court heard how Christopher Lilley and Richard Johnson, both 24, tortured Mr Dabbs by burning his genitals with the hair straighteners for about five to 10 seconds.
The attack only ended when three girls, who had been downstairs in the house at the time, interrupted the men.
Mr Dabbs said: “I thought they would have killed me if those girls hadn’t come in.
“I knew if I tried running, what they did to me would have been 100 times worse.”
Lilley and Johnson then forced their victim to stand in the front room for 45 minutes while they drank and laughed at him, before letting him go.
Now Mr Dabbs says has cut off contact with all his friends because he doesn’t want anyone to know where he lives.
Mr Dabbs, who was studying to be a mechanic, says he was introduced to the drug mephedrone after bumping into Lilley at a house party.
Lilley, a childhood friend, then said he owed him £300.
Mr Dabbs handed over the cash after asking his parents for £200 but days later, Lilley demanded more money.
On March 19, Lilley ordered a taxi to pick up Mr Dabbs and bring him to the house in Bolton where the sickening attack took place.
After the incident, Mr Dabbs fled and went to the Royal Bolton Hospital for treatment.
But he was so terrified that his family put him on the train to Scotland the next morning, where he spent several weeks recovering in another hospital.
Lilley ( right) and Johnson ( inset), both of Horwich, Lancs, were jailed for two years after admitting charges of wounding.
Mr Dabbs yesterday said: “They’ve ruined the rest of my life — and they get two years.”