Schoolboys jailed for gang-raping girl, 14, in horrifying punishment attack
O’Neil ‘Hitman’ Denton and Jayden Ryan
Nine members of a braying schoolboy rape gang who carried out a horrifying punishment attack on a 14-year-old girl are behind bars today.
The boys were as young as 13 when they took it in turns to assault their defenceless victim while recording it on a mobile phone.
The rapists were a junior branch of a notorious east London gang known as the Kingzhold Boys.
Ringleader O’Neil ‘Hitman’ Denton, 14 at the time, ordered his sniggering friends to snatch the girl from Hackney in east London.
Weiled Ibrahim and Yusuf Raymond
Denton forced her to perform oral sex on him, joined by Weiled Ibrahim, 17, 16-year-olds Jayden Ryan, Yusuf Raymond and Jack Bartle, and 15-year-olds Alexander Vanderpuije and Cleon Brown.
The attack was carried out in blocks of flats in Hackney’s Frampton Park Estate.
Denton had ordered she should be put through the sexual ordeal as punishment for insulting him to his girlfriend, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard.
One of the gang told the terrified victim, now aged 16: ‘I can’t help you now, I’m with my boys.’
Up to 15 boys were present during the sickening attack and parts of the girl’s 90-minute ordeal were filmed on mobile phones.
In an impact statement the victim told how she has since attempted suicide, cannot leave her home alone and constantly has to look over her shoulder.
The nine teenage boys, including two aged 14 and 16 convicted of rape on the basis they ‘aided and abetted’ the attack, were given terms ranging from two years and five months in secure accommodation to indeterminate terms for public protection.
Judge Wendy Joseph QC sentenced Denton to an indeterminate term of detention for public protection and told him: ‘You had power over the others.
‘The pre-sentence report points to motives of revenge, sexual gratification and exercising a power over both your victim and your gang.
Cleon Brown, Jack Bartle and Alexander Vanderpuije
‘Accordingly I sentence you to detention for public protection.’
Judge Joseph ordered him to serve at least three years and eight months before he can be considered for release.
Ibrahim received an identical term to Denton; Raymond received nine years in a young offenders’ institution; Ryan was given eight years in a young offenders institution while Bartle, Vanderpuije and Brown were all locked up for six years.
The 14-year-old was locked up in ‘secure accommodation’ for two years and five months because of his age while the 16-year-old was given three years and nine months in a Young Offenders’ Institution.
Nicola Merrick, prosecuting, said: ‘This was an enterprise embarked upon because the complainant insulted the leader of a local gang and the victim was punished by that gang for her misdemeanors.
‘The victim knew Denton’s girlfriend, who would tell her when the couple fell out.
But when they made up, the girl told her boyfriend the victim had called him a ‘tramp’ and ‘ugly’.
Furious about the alleged insults, Denton confronted the victim and threatened to beat her up.
She insisted she had not insulted Denton but he ‘was not to be placated’, said the prosecutor.
The prosecutor said Denton, Ryan and the 16-year-old who has not been named, cornered her in the street in March of last year and the threats were repeated.
She was so frightened she moved out of Hackney to live with her grandmother.
But when she returned on April 30 last year, her fears became a reality after she left a friend to walk home alone.
Denton snared her seconds later – with Ibrahim, Raymond and Ryan.
Threatening to beat her up and stab her, the boys put her in a head lock and dragged her to a nearby block of flats.
She was crying and fell to her knees as she was forced into a stairwell.
The victim’s mother, who was by this time searching for her daughter, saw the disturbance in the street but did not realise her child was involved.
Miss Merrick said: ‘It is clear that in the time it took her to go outside she had been kidnapped by the group and dragged and forced into the first block of flats.
‘Her mother saw a group of boys – she could see that they were holding someone in a headlock.
‘Her mother had no idea it was her daughter and thought it was messing around.’
The girl was then raped orally by the boys as Raymond got out his mobile phone to record the sexual assaults.
A woman passerby walked by just a few feet away, went into her flat and shut the door as the attackers covered the girl with a coat.
The victim said she was too afraid to ask the woman for help.
The group moved to Trandescant House as Ibrabim began summoning more friends to the scene on his mobile.
‘The victim knew, of course she was going to be raped again,’ said the prosecutor.
‘She could hear Ibrahim and others discussing her, saying there were other boys who would rape her badly.
‘Eventually 15 boys assembled on the stairwell and she was ‘raped repeatedly,’ said Miss Merrick.
‘The boys threatened her throughout, intimidating her and physically assaulting her.
‘Ibraham slapped her face and pulled her hair whilst another banged her head against the wall and someone threw a bottle of water at her.
‘She was spat upon, ejaculated on and abused whist she was on her knees in the stairwell.
‘She broke down, turned her face to the wall and wept.
‘The boys referred to this as crocodile tears.’
She eventually escaped when Brown helped her to leave despite his friends shouting: ‘We’re not finished with her.’
In an impact statement read to the court the victim said: ‘My whole world has been turned upside down.
‘Trying to get back to normal has been very difficult.
‘I used to have a lot of friends I used to go places.
‘I used to like shopping and the cinema and meeting new people.
‘I long for all that back – instead I feel like a prisoner having to look over my shoulder everywhere I go.
‘Although I used to find the unexpected fun, the unexpected is now frightening and not exciting.’ She suffers recurring nightmares and wakes feeling tired.
The teenager said she hates herself for not screaming more or fighting off the rapists but was ‘frozen with fear’.
Miss Merrick told the court: ‘This self-loathing has caused her to attempt suicide and to self harm.
‘She has lost all her friends, she missed a year of schooling.
‘Her family relationships have been put under severe strain.
‘She is quite clear that it would be a very long time in the future if ever before she is able to deal with this.
‘She refers to herself as still in a state – I suspect that’s an understatement.
‘She still can’t go out alone but she has recently started counselling.’
Earlier Detective Constable Jonathan Burks, who led the investigation, explained: ‘You have the elder gang members who run the gang and the younger ones who will: A, try to emulate the elders, and B, do what they’re told by the elders.’
DC Burks said the Metropolitan Police was cracking down on gang-related violence.
‘We the police and the community will not accept gang rule in the community.
‘I hope this result provides some comfort to the victim, who went through a hugely distressing and traumatic ordeal at the age of just 14. I commend her and the sheer bravery of the other young witnesses in standing up in court and giving evidence.
‘This has been an incredibly complex inquiry and one of the largest scale investigations run by Hackney borough police for many years.
‘The others were members of a local group and followed his lead in a pack mentality.’
Ibrahim, Raymond and Denton, all from Hackney, earlier admitted rape, kidnap and false imprisonment.
Jayden Ryan, from Hackney, was found guilty of rape, kidnap and false imprisonment.
Vanderpuije, Jack Bartle, Brown and the two unnamed defendants – all from Hackney – were found guilty of rape and false imprisonment.