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Rape and torture trial

PUBLISHED: 16:52 30 September 2009 | UPDATED: 15:52 16 August 2010

THREE teenage boys who were involved in the rape of a 14-year-old girl whose hair was set alight during her ordeal have been jailed for

THREE teenage boys who were involved in the rape of a 14-year-old girl whose hair was set alight during her ordeal have been jailed for a total of 22 years and two months.

Two 17-year-old boys and a 16-year-old, who can not be named for legal reasons, were convicted for their part in the rape and torture of the girl in a flat in Bromley on October 24 last year.

Last Friday they were sentenced at the Inner London Crown Court after one of the 17-year-old boys was found guilty of aiding and abetting rape and false imprisonment on 5 August. He was sentenced to six years in prison. The other 17-year-old admitted raping the victim twice and false imprisonment in March and was sentenced to 10 years and nine months.

The 16-year-old pleaded guilty in February to attempted rape, aiding and abetting rape twice and false imprisonment and was handed a sentence of five years and five months.

During the trial of the 17-year-old the court heard evidence from the victim which was played via video link to the court. The Sapphire Unit at Lewisham police had also obtained mobile telephone footage of the suspects tormenting the victim with a cigarette lighter.

As part of their sentence, all of the boys will have to attend a sexual offenders' treatment course.

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