Graphic: Man tortured in ‘Reservoir Dogs’-revenge attack
A man was tied to a chair and tortured by four people in a Reservoir Dogs-style revenge attack.
During a prolonged and brutal torture scene, the man had hot curling tongs pressed against his genitals and was forced to drink liquid wash while he thrashed around in the chair.
One of his tormenters burnt him with a cigarette lighter as the others laughed and giggled.
He also had a pizza cutter pressed to his cheek and was punched, kicked and slapped repeatedly.
York Crown Court heard that the man was lured to a flat in Scarborough by Lorraine Earles, 47, Natalie Lilley, 19, Brendan Teale, 27, and Leah White, 22, who were plotting revenge on him for alleged sexual dalliances.
During the shocking incident at White’s flat on Trafalgar Road, Earles bit the man’s ear, pushed his head down to his knees and used a cigarette lighter to burn the back of his neck, before threatening to suffocate him as she put a scarf around his mouth.
She then ordered White to burn his genitals with hair-curling tongs before pulling the chair back, causing the terrified man to fall backwards onto the floor.
The frightening escalation of the assault prompted White and Lilley to alert Teale, who was reputedly the ringleader of the assault and took part in the beating, but had retired to a bedroom before Earles upped the ante in a scene reminiscent of the bloody Quentin Tarantino film.
Teale untied the victim and picked him up off the floor, then went back to the bedroom and fell asleep, while Earles nodded off on a sofa.
White and Lilley untied the man and, while Teale was sleeping, White took the flat door keys out of his pocket and released the victim, whose Blackberry phone had been stolen and later pawned by Teale.
The four torture suspects were later arrested after the victim’s step-mother called police.
Each blamed one another for the sickening attack but Teale and Earles were found to be the main protagonists.
The four suspects were originally charged with falsely imprisoning the man on November 10, 2013, but this charge was eventually dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service and they each pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
They appeared for sentence on Friday, when the court heard that Teale - who has previous convictions for assault and battery - had been smoking cannabis on the day in question.
After being bailed by police, he went on to commit a burglary in Filey and was also charged with handling stolen goods taken in a separate raid.
White, who had once been in a relationship with the victim, and Lilley, a mother-of-one on benefits, both had clean records up until the attack.
Barrister Andrew Temple, for Teale, said the defendants had lured the man to the flat to teach him a lesson for allegedly seeing several women at the same time, but he claimed that Earles had been the “main player” in the torture scene.
Laura Addy, for Earles, said her client had severe mental-health issues and was under Teale’s spell.
White’s defence barrister Glen Parsons said she had acted “wholly out of character” under orders from others.“
Her role was to use these (curling) tongs but she insisted they weren’t on full heat,” he added.
“Thankfully, there were no real injuries from that.”
Recorder Bernard Gateshill told the defendants: “You all participated in an attack upon (the victim) which was designed to embarrass and humiliate him.”
Earles, of West Street, Scarborough, was spared a jail sentence because she had spent five months on remand and was “clearly a troubled woman with a history of psychological difficulties”.
She was given a two-year community order with supervision, ordered to attend the Women’s Community Project in Scarborough for a 20-day course, and made to pay a £60 victim surcharge.
Teale, of Yorkersgate, Malton, was jailed for 12 months for ABH, burglary and the handling offence.
Lilley, of Trafalgar Square, Scarborough, was given a two-year community order with supervision and 100 hours’ unpaid work.
White was also given a two-year community punishment and ordered to take part in a 16-day course at the Women’s Community