A drunken gang of girls who took Snapchat photos and videos of a “ritualised humiliation” sex attack on an amateur footballer has been jailed.
Brogan Gillard, the 26-year-old ringleader of the group, was filmed dancing around the victim’s naked body as she cut his hair, sliced onions over him and sexually assaulted him with a pair of scissors.
Paige Cunningham, 22, and Shannon Jones, 20, also posed for “trophy photographs” with the unconscious 19 year old victim and a Snapchat post showed one girl holding the man’s penis.
Judge Graham Knowles QC said he sentenced as if it had been three men on a female.
“I sentence three people for glorifying in the humiliation and degradation of a fellow human being,” he said. He said the video and images were “profoundly disturbing”.
He sentenced Gillard to 31 months and Cunningham to 10 months imprisonment. Jones will be sentenced at a later date.
Judge Knowles said they “entirely dehumanised” their victim.
The drunken girls picked up the man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, in a bar in Barrow in Furness, Cumbria.
Prosecutor Francis McEntee said the victim had met his girlfriend in Barrow on November 28, 2015, but after an argument he continued drinking alone in Healey’s Bar.
The three girls met him and lured him back to Gillard’s home in Keith Street, where they plied him with vodka until he lost consciousness. They stripped him by shredding his clothes.
The next he recalled was waking up naked apart from his shoes on his doorstep at 5.25am, where his mother found him clutching his shredded jeans over his private parts.
“His hair had been cut off in clumps and he literally fell in through the front door,” said Mr McEntee.
He was said to be semi-conscious and screaming “get them off”. He had no clear recollection of the evening, but felt “significant pain”, the court heard.
Paramedics and police were called and the “dazed and confused” man was taken to hospital.
Later that day, his girlfriend told his mother she had seen the video on social media.
Police investigated and found photographic and video footage on Gillard’s white Samsung mobile. She told police: “I cut his hair and clothes because he’s a d–k.”
They stripped him naked and as he lay in the foetal position on a kitchen floor, while Gillard sheared off his hair egged on by the other two.
“Gillard performed what might be described, by her dancing, a ritual humiliation, encouraged by Jones and Cunningham,” Mr McEntee said.
All three posed individually for “trophy photographs” beside their naked victim. “The purpose of the drunken exploits was to demean and humiliate for their own pleasure,” said Mr McEntee.
As the video and some of the 40 stills were shown in court, Gillard broke down in tears. They showed Gillard, sporting a bare midriff, giving a “V” sign for victory infront of a full frontal nude of the footballer. Other Snapchats showed her in “gangster style” poses and dancing provocatively.
Judge Graham Knowles QC described Gillard as “gloating”. “She is smirking, thrusting her own backside towards the camera, beer in hand, and one finger characteristic of people in gangster pose,” he said.
In another she makes a gun with her fingers and points it at him. Mother-of-three Gillard ignored the crying of her children upstairs as she and the co-accused sexually demeaned their victim, whose mother phoned his mobile during the attack and heard “girly screams”.
The court heard in his victim impact statement that he has flashbacks and suicidal thoughts and feels anxious.
Gillard has a string of previous convictions, including arson, false benefits claims, harassment of a neighbour, theft, and drink driving. Cunningham, a mother of two, has previous for battery, theft, shoplifting and assaulting a police officer.
All three pleaded guilty to sexual assault. Gillard also pleaded guilty to unrelated child cruelty charges.
Mitigating for Gillard, Sharon Watson, said her client had been drunk and did it as a joke, but admits it is “deeply unpleasant, disturbing and upsetting”. Two of her children have now been adopted, it was added.
Mitigating for Cunningham, Mike Brady, said she is remorseful and “it was a sexual assault in unique circumstances”.
Brian Williams, for Jones, who has no previous convictions said she has little memory of that night because she was very drunk and had taken drugs. “She was in the wrong place, at the wrong time, with the wrong people,” said Mr Williams.
All three must sign the sex offenders register and are subject or restraining orders.
27 January 2017