Sex attack ordeal of vulnerable Leeds teenager

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A teenager with special needs was subjected to a “degrading and humiliating” ordeal when he was tied up, attacked and sexually assaulted at a party.

The 17-year-old’s tormentors shaved off his eyebrows and hair, cut him with a saw, force fed him Marmite and drew on him as revellers at the flat in Leeds looked on and laughed.

Two men were jailed yesterday and a 16-year-old girl given a community punishment by Judge Christopher Batty who said of the victim’s two-hour ordeal: “There aren’t many cases that genuinely shock. This is one.”

Ben McIntyre, 19, of York Road, Leeds, was sent to a young offenders’ institution for two years and four months after pleading guilty to false imprisonment and assault.

Ryan Fleming, 21, of Broadgate Lane, Horsforth, was jailed for two years and two months after admitting false imprisonment and sexual assault.

Duncan Ritchie, prosecuting, told Leeds Crown Court the victim had psychological problems, possibly Asperger’s syndrome, struggled socially and was “vulnerable”.

The incident happened on November 26 when the victim and a group of his friends were invited to a party at Fleming’s flat in Horsforth.

The victim was asked to go into a bedroom where McIntyre headbutted him. He was tied up, his mouth taped and his head shaved with an electric razor.

The victim was then dragged into the kitchen and stripped down to his boxer shorts and forced to lie on his back until his hands turned black.

A marker pen was used to write ‘bad times’ across his chest.

Fleming then wrote ‘cat’ on his forehead and drew whiskers on his face.

McIntyre used a saw to inflict cuts on his toes.

Fleming told the teenager he had the option of eating Marmite or performing a sex act on him. He was made to eat the Marmite and sexually assaulted.

Throughout the ordeal other people came in and out of the flat and were laughing.

The victim was then taken to woods where McIntyre kicked and punched him and spat in his face.

A 16-year-old girl slapped him in the face three before he was eventually allowed to leave.

After the attack the girl wrote on McIntyre’s Facebook page: “Every time I see someone with a shaved head I giggle a bit. You legend.”

McIntyre sobbed throughout the hearing.

His barrister Shufqat Khan said he was full of remorse for what he had done.

He said McIntyre had been drinking heavily and had been desperate to fit into the group he was with on the night.

Danielle Graham, for Fleming, said his client also wanted to fit in with the group.

She said the sex assault was not for his own gratification but was done to humiliate the victim.

Judge Batty also ordered Fleming to sign the sex offenders’ register for ten years.

The teenage girl was given a 12 month youth rehabilitation order and a seven-month curfew.