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Review into care of teen offenders
SWINDON Council will be reviewed as part of a special investigation into the communication processes between the three councils involved in the care of convicted teenage sex offenders.
Anthony Ford, 17, of Swindon was sentenced to 10 years in prison by a judge at Gloucester Crown Court earlier this month, after he played a role in what was described as a “sadistic” sex attack on a 17-year-old boy.
A review into the way he and his accomplice Kane Lammin, 17, of Gloucester, were handled and transferred between Swindon Council, Gloucestershire County Council and Oxfordshire County Council is now under way.
Swindon Council was responsible for placing Ford in care in Gloucester, where the attack took place in a cellar.
A spokesman for Gloucestershire County Council said: “Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Board’s independent review will include looking at how communications between agencies, including other councils, can be improved and we’ll look very closely at their findings.
“We will also share any findings with the other councils.”
In the brutal attack, cement dust was rubbed in the victim’s face, knives were pulled on him, he was stripped and beaten with a piece of wood, had a cigarette stubbed out on him and was seriously sexually assaulted and raped.
After the teenagers were sentenced, Judge William Hart lifted an automatic ban on revealing their identity.
Ford and Lammin had already pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to serious sexual assaults. Ford also pleaded guilty to rape.
The judge described the ordeal the victim suffered in November 2012 as “painful, humiliating and generally terrifying.”
“He suffered psychological harm which must be incalculable,” he said.
Ford and Lammin admitted that they had lured the victim down into a cellar of a house in Gloucester.
Lammin mixed concrete powder and tile grout with a mop and pushed it into the victim’s face, before he burned him with the cigarette.
The victim managed to escape when the pair went upstairs and he ran naked to his mother’s house.
Judge Hart told the court that Ford had said to a friend of the victim: “The kid’s lucky because I wanted to kill him.”
Prosecutor Virginia Cornwall told the court: “The victim suffered a sustained assault with both [Ford and Lammin] acting together.
“They used weapons and gratuitous degradation in a prolonged physical and sexual attack, designed to humiliate him.”