Lois Evans and Emma Storey, were yesterday jailed for imprisoning a man and subjecting him to what a judge described as a “terrifying” ordeal, during which he was battered with a hammerL
TWO women who tied up and tortured a man are behind bars for what a court heard was “horrific humiliation”.
Emma Storey filmed friend Lois Evans repeatedly batter their victim with a hammer as he begged his grinning attacker to stop.
Evans threatened to use a power drill on his kneecaps and feet, and screamed at the Islam-convert: “We don’t like Muslims over here, you know. I f***ing hate them.”
Footage of the distressing attack was shown at Teesside Crown Court where Evans, 30, was jailed for three years and four months and Storey, 35, got two years and eight months.
Evans – said by a judge to be “glorifying” in the torture of the 23-year-old – later told police she felt possessed.
At one point, she threatened to kill the man, and Storey “baulked”, saying: “I agreed to this, but not to bury a body.”
During his ordeal, the victim also had some of his hair cut out, and Polyfilla put in his mouth by Evans, who told him: “Eat this. You chat a load of s***.”
Earlier, Storey shoved a rag in his mouth to gag him, as her friend produced a range of tools to threaten him with – a saw, wrench, screwdriver and the drill as well as a golf club.
In an impact statement, the victim said: “I lay awake at night thinking about why I didn’t fight back, and how humiliated I felt and still feel.
“I would have loved to have been in the army, but this makes me feel I would be no good if I can let two girls beat me up like this.
“I am constantly paranoid about what’s going on around me and who is around me.”
The women, from Guisborough, east Cleveland, had to be separated by security guards in the dock after a fight in the cells before the case. There had also been trouble between the pair while they were on remand at Low Newton in Durham.
Storey wept in the dock as her phone footage of the attack was shown in court, while Evans watched without showing any emotion.
Storey’s lawyer, Gary Wood, told the court that the mother-of-three has had a ten-year amphetamine addiction and had been drinking with her friend on the night.
“She encouraged with words spoken and filmed this horrible incident using her mobile phone, which she accepts makes her equally guilty,” he said.
“On behalf of the defendant, I am instructed to apologise to all parties in this case, in particular the complainant for everything that transpired.”
Stephen Constantine, for mother-of-two Evans, said: “She seems to have flown completely out of her mind. She told the police that she appeared as though she was possessed.
“This is a young lady who doesn’t ordinarily behave like this. She simply snapped and did a lot of things she bitterly regrets.”
Th court heard that Evans was annoyed at continued unwanted attention from the man, visited him in the early hours of April 5 and ordered him into a car to go to Storey’s home.
The victim was said to have been frightened, but wrongly believed that Storey would stop anything happening to him, said prosecutor Emma Atkinson.
Towards the end of his ordeal on the video, he can be seen on the floor where it looks as though he is being kicked by Evans.
He managed to escape, but was still bound and had Polyfilla in his hair. He suffered extensive brushing to his arms and legs and a black eye, said Miss Atkinson
Evans, of Woodhouse Road, admitted false imprisonment, religiously-aggravated assault occasioning actual bodily harm and making threats to kill.
Storey, also of Woodhouse Road, pleaded guilty to false imprisonment and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Judge Deborah Sherwin told the pair: “Each of you have the capacity to be violent bullies when the need, in your eyes, arises.
“It is nothing short of miraculous that his injuries were not worse.”
Neither woman had any previous convictions, the court heard.
The judge told Evans: “It is alarming that you can behave in such a way and you have it in you to act like this.”
She told Storey: “Yours was a secondary role, but in filming it, you were encouraging and egging on Miss Evans in what she was doing.”
When Miss Atkinson was about to play the footage, she warned the court several times: “It’s distressing to watch.”
After hearing screams from the victim, a couple – believed to be the victim’s parents – left the courtroom, but later returned.
Sobbing Storey shouted from the dock: “Marie, I’m sorry.”
Judge Sherwin said: “I have seen the clips and it is quite clear he is begging you to stop, he was cowering away and was clearly terrified.”