Third girl found guilty in Thornton Heath attack

Grange Park, scene of girl gang attack pic: szczel (Flickr)

A third accomplice has been found guilty of a brutal “joint enterprise girl gang attack” on a teenage girl in Thornton Heath.

The court heard how the victim, 13 at the time, was “dragged to the ground, kicked, punched, thrown against the railings and had her hair burnt and cut” by three girls in a brutal attack in Grange Park, Thornton Heath on June 9, 2010.

Two of the gang members, Lauren Barrington-Brown, 19, and a 16-year-old who cannot be named, had already pleaded guilty to false imprisonment, actual bodily harm and administering a noxious substance with intent to injure.

Having previously denied the charges, the third girl, 16, from the Thornton Heath area, whose name cannot be given, was found guilty on Wednesday, November 23, of being the final accomplice in the attack.

The victim told Croydon Crown Court how she was lured to the park by the 16-year-old who had already pleaded guilty. There the defendant accused her of spreading rumours. “Did you tell some boys I’m a ho’?” she said.

The two younger members then launched their attack on the teenager that Barrington-Brown filmed on her mobile.

The girl who is now 14-years-old, described to be “slight in structure compared to the three girls,” was left with a deep wound on her arm, scratches covering her face and part of her hair burnt to the scalp.

Judge Simon Pratt told the court “custody is highly likely” for the three girls who will be sentenced in early January.

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