Boy kidnapped and assaulted: Teens named and shamed
TEENAGE criminals who kidnapped a terrified 16-year-old boy and burnt his face with cigarettes have been named and shamed by a judge.
Jamal Tyne, 17, heated up his lighter and used it to burn the letter C – representing his nickname 'Chubbs' – on the youngster's face.
Tyne and one of his gang members who assisted in the horrifying assault, 17-year-old Alex Williams, had the anonymity usually afforded to juveniles in court lifted. Recorder David Lane QC agreed with an argument from The Citizen's court reporter John Hawkins that it would be in the public interest to name them.
Tyne, of Broadway, Robinswood, pleaded guilty to assaulting the 16-year-old Quedgeley boy causing him actual bodily harm. He also admitted kidnapping and robbing him.
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Williams, of Weston Road, Gloucester, admitted the assault charge. Two other defendants were acquitted at trial last month.
The jury heard Tyne had robbed the boy of his Blackberry phone in April. Fearing the boy had reported him to police, Tyne went to the victim's home with Williams and other youths on April 21 and forced him to go with them to an alleyway nearby.
Tyne kicked and punched the boy and twice pressed a burning cigarette onto his cheek before heating up his lighter and pressing it onto the boy's face, leaving the letter C mark.
Williams assisted and encouraged in the assault.
Julian Kesner, prosecuting, told the jury: "It was done to exert control over the boy and show him what happens if you dare to grass on them."
After the assault the boy was forced to go with the gang who walked him past his own home to Tuffley where they were seen and challenged by the boy's sister. It was only then they let him go.
Joe Maloney, for Tyne, said: "He is deeply ashamed of what he did."
Hassan Baig, for Williams, said he realised there was no excuse for what he did and now wants to get on with a "law-abiding life".
Recorder Lane sentenced Tyne to 40 months in a young offenders' institution and gave Williams an eight-month detention and training order.
He said of the victim: "This dreadful incident has completely changed the family's lives."
After the hearing the victim's dad said: "What Tyne did to my son was absolutely appalling. His mum was heartbroken by it.
"I think it's shocking that a young person like Chubbs could inflict this sort of injury on another lad. He has no excuses.
"We were all devastated by what he did. Our son doesn't say a lot now. He is so quiet. He never goes out. It has definitely left him mentally scarred. But he is getting our full support and hopefully he can get over it in time."