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Man who tortured teen girls jailed for 22 years

By Emily Pennink

Published 21/04/2015 | 16:52

Man jailed at the Old Bailey
Man jailed at the Old Bailey

A man who branded two teenage girls with a hot iron during a night of gratuitous violence and torture has been jailed for 22 years.

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Morgan Riley-Kidney, 22, burst into a hostel in Bromley, south London, on July 31 last year with two friends after finding out that his stash of drugs money had been stolen from his girlfriend's room there.

He threatened a pregnant 17-year-old resident with a gun before holding a heated iron on her breast and arm for 10 seconds, causing serious burns, prosecutor Annabel Darlow QC told the Old Bailey.

His friend Horace-Junior Brown-Downie, 24, then took a bottle of bleach and told the girl that he was going to spray it into her eyes, the court heard.

When the second victim - 19-year-old Kelli Karberg - returned to the hostel, Riley-Kidney unplugged the iron and branded her face and neck as he demanded to know where his money was.

Both teenagers, who denied knowing anything about the stolen cash, received burn injuries the exact size and shape of a clothes iron, the court was told.

Riley-Kidney, Brown-Downie, 24, and estate agent Rhys Bryan, 22, then drove the girls in a borrowed BMW to Elephant and Castle after the finger of suspicion was pointed at Karberg's boyfriend Alex Mujica, 28.

As they picked up Mr Mujica, the 17-year-old girl managed to get away by lying down in the road and pretending to be in labour to attract the attention of a passer-by who called an ambulance.

Next the men hatched a plan to extract the missing £3,000 from a friend of Mr Mujica called Jorge Giraldo.

But Mr Mujica had secretly explained his plight in Spanish so when Mr Giraldo arrived to hand over cash, he brought friends with him, one of whom smashed the gang's car window.

Riley-Kidney responded by opening fire as he chased Mr Giraldo down the road until he made his escape in a block of flats.

Afterwards, Mr Mujica was taken into a park where he was made to kneel down with a gun to his head and told he was going to be executed.

Later, they parked up near a church in Peckham where Mr Mujica was stripped to his boxer shorts and severely beaten by Riley-Kidney and Brown-Downie.

They went on to Mr Giraldo's home in Clapham where he lived with his wife and children but no one answered the door.

Finally, they took Miss Karberg - who had been threatened with gang rape - back to the hostel at about 2.30am - hours after she had been kidnapped.

They only released her after she promised to concoct a story about how she received the burns to her face, the court heard.

The defendants then took Mr Mujica to Penge to see the "big head" - Kidney-Riley's drugs boss.

After telling the man he knew nothing about the stolen money, he was kicked in the head, threatened with rape, torture and death and locked in a car boot overnight.

At 9am, Riley-Kidney let him out and told him to "disappear" as he handed him some clothes and £10.

Mr Mujica took a bus to King's College Hospital in south London where he was treated for his injuries which included two black eyes, fractured eye socket, bruises and perforated ear drum.

Following their arrests, Riley-Kidney's DNA was found on the temperature dial of the iron and the gun was recovered from Bryan's car.

Sentencing today, the Recorder of London said: "The gravity of all these offences speak for themselves. Three victims kept prisoners for one-and-a-half hours, five hours and 12 hours respectively.

"Two of them were young women. Each of them is still affected mentally by what you all put them through. They all feared for their lives throughout a terrifying ordeal with some very cruel features indeed."

He jailed Riley-Kidney of Hawthorn Grove, Penge, for 22 years plus three years on extended licence after he earlier admitted three counts of grievous bodily harm with intent, two of kidnap, false imprisonment and possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.

Brown-Downie, of Camlan Road, Lewisham, had pleaded guilty to two counts of grievous bodily harm, two counts of kidnap and false imprisonment, and was jailed for 17-and-a-half years.

And Bryan of College Road, Crystal Palace, admitted possession of a firearm and ammunition and was found guilty after a trial of false imprisonment and kidnap of the two girls. He was handed a jail term of 13 years.

All three defendants had previous convictions including possession of drugs.

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