LAD’S PRI­VATES BURNED WITH HAIR TONGS Thugs jailed af­ter drug debt at­tack

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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.”

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