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Three teenagers jailed for "horrific" crowbar attack in Guildford


5:47pm 17th February 2017
(Updated 6:34pm 17th February 2017)

Three girls have been sentenced after an "horrific" crow bar attack on a 14-year-old in Guildford. 

The trio pleaded guilty to assaulting the 14 year old girl with a wheel brace at Stoughton recreation ground. 

It took place in Northway around 7pm on the 9th January 2016.

19-year-old Sophie Burrows (left), of Godalming,  Lauren Coveney (right), 19, of Midhurst and a 17-year-old girl from Midhurst, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were charged with causing grievous bodily harm on 9 July 2016.

A 14-year-old girl was left with a head injury, a slight fracture to the nose, bruised ribs and two black eyes following the incident.

Sophie Burrows received a 14 month prison sentence.

Lauren Coveney received a 12 month sentence, suspended for two years.

She will also have to complete 200 hours unpaid work, be under a curfew between 8pm and 5am for three months, and will have to pay £960 compensation.

A 17 year old girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, received a 12 month referral order and will also have to pay £960 compensation.

''Text messages discussed how to clean the crowbar'

Detective Constable Carina Jewell, who investigated the incident, said:

“This was a horrific and violent attack which has had a profound effect on a teenage girl’s life.

"As well as suffering extremely serious injuries, she was left traumatised by the incident and suffered continued bullying and abuse as a result. She was eventually forced to move schools for a fresh start.”

“A media appeal was issued following the incident and it was the attention on social media that led to the girls eventually handing themselves in at Guildford Police Station.

"At first they denied using any kind of weapon during the attack but messages were found on all their phones mentioning the assault and the crowbar and how to clean it, and all three were subsequently charged with GBH.”

“I would like to commend the victim’s bravery in coming forward and giving evidence under very challenging circumstances.

"I hope that the sentence handed out today serves as a stark reminder that we will not tolerate violence in our local communities and that we will remain committed to bringing those who commit such offences to justice.”



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