The 17-year-old was forced to perform as a waiter at the hands of vicious gang-of-five ringleader Brandon Whelpton
A disabled teenager was forced to sing “Barbie Girl” as a tie was pulled tighter around his neck and boiling water repeatedly poured over his naked body.
The torture of the 17-year-old at the hands of a gang of five was shown on a video played at Nottingham Crown Court, reports Nottinghamshire Live.
Ringleader Brandon Whelpton, 23, showed no emotion as he was sentenced to 12 years and nine months in custody and an extended licence of three years and three months on his release – for causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
Judge Steven Coupland told him: “I have no hesitation in deciding you are dangerous.”
Defendants Jake West; Luke West; James Cooper and Tony Cole pleaded guilty to false imprisonment.
The video was only a small part of the torture and bullying, which went on for close to three hours last September, after all five defendants turned on the teenager.
“He became a toy,” said Gareth Gimson, prosecuting. “A plaything to be humiliated at will by these men and, the Crown would submit, tortured.
“This was for fun. He was ridiculed, accused of being a snitch and a grass and a thief.
“The Crown submit it was all nonsense; a pretext for a vicious and quite cruel act on this young man.”
The teenager was stripped to his boxer shorts and a tie placed around his neck.
Whelpton punched and kicked him, stabbed him with a butter knife and urinated on him. He boiled a kettle and poured water over him four times.
The victim was made to perform duties as a waiter, then lower his boxer shorts, and the tie was pulled tighter around his neck as he was directed to sing “Barbie Girl” by Aqua.
Whelpton, of Arnold, put a knife to his throat and told him to sing along.
“He was frightened and plainly confused,” added Mr Gimson. “He was told by Whelpton ‘it will get harder bro’.”
Whelpton sent a Facebook message to a girl and then made a 50-second video call of the teenager stood in his boxer shorts in a small cluttered kitchen, then crouched in a corner. The girl said he “looked like he had been beaten up”.
Whelpton’s voice could be heard saying “get down and stay down”.
He told the girl “this is what happens when you grass”.
The victim could be heard saying “no, please stop” and the contents of a steaming kettle were emptied over him as he was screaming and crying.
Whelpton sent her a further message to the girl, referring to someone called Matt, saying “tell Matt, he’s next”.
The teenager woke up the next morning and went for a walk. He did not return home until midnight where his carer’s partner realised he needed to go to hospital.
He suffered four percent burns to his body – one percent of which were described as deep burns – and he had bruising and cuts.
A victim impact statement revealed the teenager said: “The whole thing was frightening.”
When asked by a police officer what was frightening about it, he replied “getting kettled”.
And he said: “I felt like hanging myself I was so scared”.
Jake West, a 25-year-old with learning difficulties of Pedmore Valley, Bestwood, pleaded guilty on the basis he was not present when the teenager was naked and being abused – but he could hear what was happening.
The judge sentenced him to a three-year community order, extended curfew for two months from 7pm to 7am, 20 rehabilitation activity days and a two-year mental health treatment requirement.
“You took yourself away from what was happening,” the judge told him in the dock. “Later you went back in the kitchen and saw water poured on him and you didn’t do anything about it.”
Luke West, 24, of Bestwood, was told he was “present when he (the victim) was humiliated, stripped and forced to sing”, and was one of those pulling the tie around his neck and saw water poured over him.
He did nothing to stop what was going on or assist the victim, said the judge, as he jailed him for three years and two months.
Second eldest of the group, James Cooper, 28, of Top Valley, was there when Whelpton was being abusive and did nothing to help the victim.
The judge noted he did not actively join in and was not present when serious violence was being used, as he gave him three years and four months in prison.
Tony Cole, the eldest at 29, shouted at the naked teenager to sing and shouted and laughed at what others were doing to him.
The judge took into account he did not inflict any physical injuries, as he sentenced him to three years and seven months.