Gang who tortured football coach with axe and sledgehammer jailed

The Daily Star’s FREE newsletter is spectacular! Sign up today for the best stories straight to your inbox

A football coach was brutally tortured with an axe and a sledgehammer before having the word "nonce" carved into his back during a horrific attack.

Jordan Storey, 28, had his hair and feet set on fire, and was attacked with an axe, sledgehammer, dog chain, knife and a dumbbell bar after being tied to chair at a flat in Whitley Bay on February 21 last year.

Newcastle Crown Court was told Jamie Barker, Lewis Herman, Rebecca McNally and even his close friend Chelsea Wilson-Ford also stubbed cigarettes out on him and mocked him throughout the ordeal.

Mr Storey was then forced to listen to the thugs planning his eventual murder, which would have involved dumping his body at a beach and claiming he had raped McNally, the court heard.

Wilson-Ford, who had been friends with the victim for a decade, had called Mr Storey four days earlier, accusing her lover, Barker, of assaulting her.

He went to her home in Esplanade, attacked Barker and stayed over to protect his "friend".

Mr Storey was assaulted by Barker, but returned to the flat on February 21 when the defendants, who had been drinking alcohol and had taken MDMA, pounced.

Jolyon Perks, prosecuting, said: "The prosecution say the motivation was most likely revenge for the previous assault by the complainant on Barker.

"Herman punched him repeatedly, McNally picked up a wine bottle and hit him about the head with it twice. She held him down on the sofa while Barker hit him in the head with the wine bottle."

The victim was then struck with a sledgehammer three times to his back by McNally while Barker threw multiple blows with his fists and knees to his head and body.

Mr Perks said: "Part of the assault was recorded for posterity on Barker's mobile phone.

"While he was on the sofa, Wilson-Ford armed herself with a dumbbell bar and used it to strike at his kneecaps.

"Barker struck him with a metal dog chain while Herman used an axe and struck multiple times into his forearms.

"Herman and Barker put him in a plastic chair and Wilson-Ford and McNally tied his hands and arms to the chair.

"Herman told him 'you're getting killed tonight'. He believed it."

The assault continued, with Herman stabbing him in the leg with a knife.

  • Man, 22, 'stabbed pensioner just for the sake of killing somebody' at beauty spot

Herman denied using pliers to try to pull out his teeth and pull at his toes.

Mr Perks said: "Herman was recorded spraying the top of his head with antiperspirant before setting fire to his hair.

"He then used the same method to set fire to his feet. While still tied to the chair, the complainant heard Herman say 'I'm carving 'nonce' into his back'. Herman and McNally took turns to do just that using a knife. Barker and McNally threw DVD boxes at his head and all four extinguished cigarettes on his body."

Herman also used an axe to repeatedly strike the victim's arms and legs, and stamped on his feet while telling Barker to hold him down.

Mr Perks said: "This was filmed by Barker and recorded on his mobile phone. Herman can be heard mocking him asking why he was crying before delivering a full-blooded upper cut into his face. Herman and Barker caused cuts to both sides of his face with something sharp."

Mr Storey then overheard the gang discussing how they could get away with the attack, including dumping the weapons in the sea.

Herman discussed killing him with the sledgehammer and dumping his body on the beach at Whitley Bay. When the victim pointed out they would be caught on camera, they considered framing him for raping McNally.

They later bought bandages and disinfectant, dressing his wounds and telling him he was going nowhere until he had healed.

At 3.50am on February 23, the police attended the bloodstained flat and found Mr Storey lying on a mattress badly injured. His skin was yellow as he had suffered acute kidney failure, and had a large number of injuries. These included broken ribs, a broken nose and toe, cuts and severe bruising.

  • Teenager fighting for life after being knifed in 'mass brawl of 20 young people'

Mr Storey's mum recovered the hammer, dog lead, dumbbell bar and pliers after receiving a tip-off, the court heard.

On Barker's phone, police found videos and pictures of the attack, which had been posted on social media.

In a victim impact statement, Mr Storey said: "The injuries I sustained are horrific and I genuinely thought they were going to kill me. I had accepted this was the end for me.

"All I could thing about was my children and family. I feared I would never see them again.

"Instead of killing me they decided to scar me for life and carve 'nonce' in big letters onto my back and degrade me for life while I was strapped to the chair.

"The footage was shared with almost everyone in my local area and my friends and family have viewed how I was tortured.

"The humiliation is beyond description. Being tortured was horrific."

He described how he had to quit his job as a shopfitter or work as a football coach due to nerve damage.

He said he was horrified at the plan to frame him for rape.

Barker, 28, of Shiremoor, North Tyneside, Herman, 25, of North Shields and McNally, 29, of Wallsend, all pleaded guilty to wounding with intent and Wilson-Ford, 23, of Whitley Bay, admitted unlawful wounding.

Barker, who has 78 previous convictions, and Herman, who has 34 previous convictions, were each jailed for 10 years and three months, McNally, in trouble seven times before, got nine years, and Wilson-Ford, who has no previous convictions, was locked up for two years.

All were also given indefinite restraining orders.

Brian Hegarty, for Barker, said he is "very sorry" and horrified at what happened.

Get latest news headlines delivered free

Want all the latest shocking news and views from all over the world straight into your inbox?

We've got the best royal scoops, crime dramas and breaking stories – all delivered in that Daily Star style you love.

Our great newsletters will give you all you need to know, from hard news to that bit of glamour you need every day. They'll drop straight into your inbox and you can unsubscribe whenever you like.

You can sign up here – you won't regret it…

Matthew Donkin, for Herman, said he denied using pliers, but added he was "extremely sorry for this appalling crime" and "disgusted" by his behaviour.

Glenn Gatland, for McNally, said she was "profoundly sorry" and was a hardworking mother-of-two young boys.

Barry Robson, for Wilson-Ford, said she can't believe what she got involved with and "extends her sorrow".

  • Courts
  • Crime
  • Knife Crime

Source: Read Full Article