Teenage girls jailed after torturing teen and posting Snapchat videos of ordeal

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Two teenage girls who held another girl hostage while torturing her and forcing her to undergo humiliating acts for Snapchat videos have been jailed.

Chyane Stephenson-Dielhenn, 18, and a 16-year-old girl from Tower Hamlets who cannot be named for legal reasons held the victim against her will in a hostel room in Dagenham for more than eight hours between 4 March and 5 March, 2018.

During this time the 16-year-old victim was forced to drink urine, swallow her own vomit, snort a salt and tea bag mixture and eat noodles soaked in urine. The defendants also physically attacked the victim, pouring sugar in her ears, burning her with cigarettes and punching her, leaving her with a black eye.

Stephenson-Dielhenn denied false imprisonment and assault occasioning actual bodily harm but was found guilty following a five-day trial, which concluded last month. On Tuesday, 9 October she was sentenced to three years at Snaresbrook Crown Court. Her co-defendant who had previously pleaded guilty to false imprisonment and assault occasioning actual bodily harm received two-and-a-half years imprisonment.

Elaine Cousins, from the CPS, said: "This was an unprovoked, cruel and sickening attack on an innocent young girl by people that she considered to be her friends. The behaviour displayed was sadistic.

"The prosecution was able to prove its case through video evidence that showed exactly what took place that night. Together Stephenson-Dielhenn and her co-defendant egged each other on and took pleasure in controlling, humiliating and degrading the young victim. The victim was left understandably terrified and psychologically scarred. I would like to commend her for her bravery in reporting this crime and for taking part in the proceedings.

"I hope this conviction provides her with some comfort and makes clear that those who commit such vile acts will be prosecuted."

Notes to editors

  • Chyane Stephenson-Dielhenn [DOB: 31/01/2000] is from Islington. She received three years for the false imprisonment charge and 12 months for assault occasioning actual bodily harm to run concurrently
  • The other, 16-year-old, defendant is from Tower Hamlets. She received two-and-a-half years for the false imprisonment charge and 12 months for assault occasioning actual bodily harm to run concurrently
  • Elaine Cousins is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in the Crown Court unit in CPS London North.

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