Couple jailed for ‘sadistic’ torture of babysitter that ‘beggared belief’

Updated September 20, 2017 15:19:25

A woman avoids eye contact outside an Adelaide court. Photo: Stacey Gaffney’s two-year, two-month sentence was suspended. (ABC News: Rebecca Opie)

An Adelaide couple who kidnapped and tortured their babysitter by locking her inside a cupboard and forcing her to consume pet food happen to be jailed for which the judge referred to as a “mindless, cruel and sadistic” crime.

Joshua Anthony Gent, 29, and Keira Jane Baker, 28, accused their babysitter of reporting friends with them to police more than a vehicle thievery, telling the youthful lady she would be a “dog” who must be trained a lesson.

The District Court heard the pair forced her in to the boot of the vehicle and drove her to home of their buddies, Patrick James Breen, 25, and Stacey Gaffney, 23.

Throughout the horrifying 18-hour ordeal, she was exposed to beatings, abuse and deprivation, all while Gaffney’s two youthful children were in your home.

A legal court heard she was told to bark just like a dog, clogged and pulled throughout the house having a leash, coupled with squeaky toys shoved into her mouth while she was assaulted.

She was made to eat pet food as the two couples chuckled and filmed her torture.

The youthful lady seemed to be burnt by having an ice pipe, made to inhale the drug, while threats were also made that they would need to drink bleach.

Judge Jack Costello stated they threatened to market her to some man who she’d have to have relations with, declaring that when she declined, “she wouldn’t last”.

“She truly thought that you would kill her,” he stated.

Judge Costello stated Baker punched the youthful lady frequently hard, causing her to fall towards the floor, before threatening to chop her fingers served by various tools.

“You, Baker, then hit her very hard across her fingers,” he stated.

“You, Gent, yelled in her own face calling her your dog and kicked her within the stomach.”

Judge Costello stated the victim was kept in a closet for a while before Gent pulled her in to the bed room by her hair, where she was punched and kicked and told to not bleed around the carpet.

“So troubled was she by now that they simply urinated throughout herself,” Judge Costello stated.

‘Depravity simply beggars belief’

Judge Costello described the ordeal being an act of “mindless, cruel and sadistic violence” which may psychologically scar the youthful lady throughout her existence.

“She is affected with a massive fear. Basically, she’s been conned of her capability to enjoy existence,” he stated.

“Any prospect of her resuming something approaching an ordinary existence even just in the medium to lengthy term remains quite unclear.

“Such wanton violence and depravity simply beggars belief. That a number of you can treat another individual by doing this strikes at what underpins the essence of the civil society, namely our respect and dignity in our fellow people.Inch

All pleaded guilty to illegal detention of the person, with basically Gaffney also pleading guilty to irritated counts of causing serious harm.

Baker and Gent also confessed to creating threats to kill.

Gent, who a legal court heard was the instigator from the torture, was sentenced to fifteen many seven several weeks in prison, having a non-parole duration of nine many two several weeks.

His partner Baker sobbed within the pier as she was jailed just for over 10 . 5 years having a non-parole duration of six many two several weeks.

Breen, who conducted internet searches on “how you can terrify somebody who has been kidnapped”, was sentenced to 6 many seven months’ jail having a non-parole duration of just below 4 years.

Judge Costello suspended Gaffney’s two-year and 2-month jail sentence on the $500 good conduct bond.

He stated, Gaffney, who’d lost her job being an enrolled nurse because of the offending, didn’t have prior criminal background coupled with performed a far more passive role within the ordeal.

Topics: crime, assault, law-crime-and-justice, child-care, courts-and-trials, sa, adelaide-5000

First published September 20, 2017 14:10:22

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