Jail for torture trio

LYN HUMPHREYS
Last updated 12:15 23/04/2014

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Three people who burnt and tortured a teenager in their care have been jailed.

Landon Murray Wallace Boyce, 31, Bronson Leo Hovell, 28,  and Jacinta Maria McMoses, 23, were jailed for 28 months and handed a first strike warning in the New Plymouth District Court this morning.

The trio were charged for torturing the teen, taking turns to burn circles on his body, drawing swastikas on his head after shaving it and sticking him with drawing pins.

McMoses, a mother of two and partner of Boyce, sobbed loudly in the dock as the two brothers were led away.

McMoses and Boyce had been caring for the 15-year-old troubled youth at their Stratford home over four months early in 2012.

Pleas to be given a community-based sentence because of the changes she had made to her life were rejected by the judge who told her she denied and downplayed her role and was without remorse.

Her description of the cruelties as playfighting was nothing short of ludicrous, the judge said.

The three pleaded guilty to reduced charges on the day of their trial in January.

They admitted disfiguring the boy with intent to injure him, a representative charge of assault with a weapon and common assault.

It was particularly disturbing that McMoses took photos while the boy was being brutalised including being ordered to behave like a dog and stripped of any semblance of humanity.

The indignities they afforded him were beyond comprehension, the judge said.

After sentencing Julian Hannam asked for bail for his client prior to an appeal but the judge denied it.

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- Taranaki Daily News

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