Gang force fed heroin and raped woman in horrific 16-hour torture ordeal

A gang of youths who lured a woman to a flat where she was tortured, force fed drugs and raped have been sentenced to a total of 35 years.

The victim was invited to the property by Natasha Washington, 20, who told her it was a 'party' – but she was tied to a chair and burned with cigarettes.

A court heard how the woman was made to drink chilli sauce, the contents of ashtray, eat garlic granules and beaten with a hairbrush and vacuum cleaner parts.

She was forced fed heroin and made to sing, which was filmed and posted on Snapchat.

Ringleader, Sonny Weir, 20, Washington's love interest, subjected the victim to between 12 to 16 hours of bullying violence.

They were joined in their depraved torture by Alexander Azevedo, 21, in whose flat the ordeal took place on June 21 last year.

Also taking part was 16-year-old Argest Sallaj – who can now be named after the judge lifted a reporting restriction.

After hours of on-off abuse, the couple disappeared to have sex in a bedroom, while Azevedo raped her in the living room.

Washington and Weir then tied her to a chair then beat her until she was badly bruised.

Azevedo then sent her home from the flat in Banbury in a taxi.

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Judge Nigel Daly jailed the gang for a total of 35 years at Oxford Crown Court.

He said: “This all went on for something like 12 to 16 hours.

''She was totally abused, humiliated and tortured.

"It included as I say, forcing her to take heroin and eventually being raped.

“Had I not heard the evidence I do not think I would have believed this sort of thing could have happened between so-called friends and acquaintances.

“I was shocked not only by the events covered by this indictment but by the lifestyle that you described, the lifestyle you were leading, as if it was in some way normal.

“None of you were over 20 years.

''You seem to have descended into a life of drug-fuelled debauchery, displaying a total lack of morality or self-control.”

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Prosecutor Patrick Duffy said: “This is a brutal set of offences.

“These four defendants initiated a campaign of violence and threats against the complainant, inducing in her a state of terror as they falsely imprisoned her, abused her, assaulted her and [in the case of Azevedo] raped her.”

Washington lured her to the flat on the false pretence of a party, the prosecutor said.

She was held against her will in Azevedo’s flat for 12 to 16 hours. Weir locked the doors and told the victim: “No one is leaving.”

Washington began the ordeal by branding her a ‘pig’ and a ‘snitch’, while love-interest Weir rang Sallaj and told him to come over and "beat the s out of this girl" before telling the victim to "shut the f up or I’ll stab you".

That threat was followed up later with Weir holding a knife to her face and demanding to know where she wanted to be cut.

“You will be scarred for the rest of your life,” he told her.

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Emma Akuwudike, for Washington, challenged the suggestion the victim was ‘lured’ to the flat. “This was a spontaneous act of violence,” she said.

Her client had previously been a dental nurse but, during the pandemic, was put on furlough and developed a drug habit.

Azevedo, of Banbury, was convicted of rape, false imprisonment, administering heroin and ABH.

He was found not guilty of one count of ABH and administering Valium and jailed for 15 years.

Weir, of Banbury, was cleared making a threat to kill and one ABH count but convicted of administering a noxious substance with intent, false imprisonment and ABH.

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He received nine-and-a-half years, including a six month sentence for dealing drugs.

Washington, of no fixed address, was convicted of false imprisonment, ABH and administering heroin but acquitted of administering Valium with intent. She was jailed for eight years

Sallaj, 17, who can be named after the judge lifted reporting restrictions, was convicted of false imprisonment, ABH, common assault and battery.

He was cleared of pouring hot water on her foot and urinating over her. He was sentenced to three years in a young offenders’ institution.

Reacting to the sentencing, Marc Thompson, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “The dreadful violence shown towards this young woman was truly senseless.

''Alexander Azevedo’s offences are especially horrific, taking place at a time when she was in no fit state to object to any sexual acts, or to defend herself.

“The victim’s bravery – giving police interviews, providing as much evidence as she could – is truly commendable, and was vital in helping us secure the convictions.

''I hope today’s sentences allow her to bring some closure to this chapter of her ordeal.”

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