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Two girls who snatched a 14-year-old and subjected her to a 14 hour kidnap ordeal have walked away from court
Two girls who snatched a 14-year-old and subjected her to a 14 hour kidnap ordeal have walked away from court.
The sinister attack was chillingly similar to one they carried out five years earlier.
But despite this, Gemma Ritchie and Leanne Hollister, both 18, escaped jail after admitting locking their victim in a house and repeatedly attacking her.
Violent Ritchie threatened the 14-year-old with a knife and encouraged two younger girls to bite, kick, burn and punch her during the torture session while Hollister stood by and watched.
Hollister also hit the youngster in the face before handing her over to milkman Gary Alderson (pictured below) who indecently assaulted her.
The court heard that Ritchie and Hollister took a 12-year-old hostage in 2000 when they were both 13, in a case police then compared to Jamie Bulger.
The pair were given two year supervision orders but spent no time behind bars.
Today the father of their first victim broke his silence about his daughter’s trauma.
He said: “I recognised the names as soon as I saw them in the paper and couldn’t believe it had happened again. It is a virtually identical case and it has brought it all back for my daughter.
“I am very disappointed they have effectively walked free again. They should have been sent to prison for what they did.”
In both cases the girls had befriended their victims who had been travelling on the Metro.
In the most recent one they forced her to go with them to a house in Wallsend on January 24 last year where she was repeatedly attacked overnight.
Then in the morning Alderson, 45, arrived at the house and indecently assaulted her.
The girl, said: “Every 20 minutes or so they would start attacking me. They were biting me, kicking me, punching me and putting cigarettes out on me.
“I was terrified. I didn’t know what was going to happen.
“All I wanted to do was get out of there. I was in complete shock but they just kept on going.
“Alderson sat there while I had to strip and dance with nothing on. Then when I was naked he grabbed me, pulled me over his knees and hit me a number of times with his hand on my bottom.
“I felt horrible, really horrible.”
Ritchie of John Street, Wallsend, pleaded guilty to actual bodily harm and was sentenced to a 12 month Community Rehabilitation Order and 100 hours of Community Punishment. She will also be electronically tagged for six months to stop her leaving home between 8pm and 7am.
Hollister, of Berwick Terrace, Percy Main , pleaded guilty to assault and was sentenced to a 12 month Community Rehabilitation Order and 90 hours of Community Punishment. She was also ordered to pay £100 compensation by JPs in North Shields.
Five years ago the pair admitted false imprisonment and grievous bodily harm after subjecting another girl to a three hour ordeal after meeting her on a Metro.
During the next three hours she was beaten, forced to clean up her own blood and eat cigarettes.
Her dad said at the time: “It was a sick game to them. She only managed to get away because a Metro inspector intervened or who knows what would have happened?
“At the time we were told they had done it before but the first girl was too scared to come forward. Who knows how many other victims might be out there?”
The mum of the pair’s latest victim said: “I was shocked when I realised they had done it before. This has destroyed my daughter’s life and it could have been avoided if the authorities had taken tougher action years ago.
“Since this has happened my daughter hasn’t been able to go to school and has tried to commit suicide. They have ruined her life and yet they were still laughing and sniggering in court. It was disgusting.
“Whose daughter is going to be next?”
Since the incident the girl has attempted suicide, dropped out of school and is undergoing counselling.
Yesterday Alderson, 45, of George Square, North Shields, applied through his solicitor for his address to be kept out of the newspapers for fears of reprisals. But after an objection by The Chronicle magistrates dismissed the application.
He will be sentenced for indecent assault on March 23 at North Tyneside Magistrates Court.
Thugs first attacked at 13
Thugs Gemma Ritchie and Leanne Hollister were just 13 when they captured a 12-year-old on the Metro in what one police officer described as the most horrific case she had ever seen.
The girls pretended to befriend their victim but then took her on a nightmare three-hour journey around Newcastle, eventually punching her so hard they broke her nose.
Her ordeal began on January 29, 2000, as she got on the Metro at Cullercoats. During the next three hours they dragged her into dark alleyways and took her into the toilets of Burger King in Newcastle where they punched her until her nose burst open and spilled blood.
They were caught on CCTV and arrested by police the next day.
At Newcastle Crown Court, the two admitted false imprisonment and inflicting grievous bodily harm. But they denied falsely imprisoning her friend, who was with her throughout the ordeal, and Judge Helen Paling ordered the charge to remain on file.
At the time, Det Con Vicky Corner of North Shields CID said: “I have been in the police force for 10 years and I’ve never come across anything this horrible. It was quite shocking to be faced with this.
“I don’t think people on the Metro realised what was going on. I think they thought it was a bit of tomfoolery.”