CPS welcomes sentencing of Layla Ridgement and Kirsty Stevenson

29/05/2012

Layla Ridgement and Kirsty Stevenson were sentenced today at Truro Crown Court, having both pleaded guilty to robbery and false imprisonment at an earlier hearing.

They were both sentenced to five years imprisonment and given indefinite restraining orders stipulating they must not contact the victim or witnesses. A reporting restriction forbidding the media from identifying the victim has also been imposed.

Commenting on the case, CPS District Crown Prosecutor Jonathan Richards said: Everybody has the right to live free from fear and harassment and the Crown Prosecution Service is determined to prosecute those who target learning disabled people with the full force of the law. Kirsty Stevenson and Layla Ridgement may have thought they might get away with their crimes because their of their victims autism.

This was a horrifying crime committed against a vulnerable victim who was completely traumatised by what they did to her. The sentence passed today underlines the fact that those who commit crimes against people with disabilities will be brought to justice.

The pair befriended a 17-year-old girl with autism and lured her to Ridgements home in St Austell. Once there, they locked her in, smashed a bottle over her head, punched her in the face, stole her mobile phone, knocked her onto the floor and ordered her to strip to her underwear before finally allowing her to leave.