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Teen Girl Who Attacked 14-year-old With Crowbar Locked-up

Published on: 18 Feb, 2017
Updated on: 18 Feb, 2017

Sophie Burrows (left) was sentenced to 14 months imprisonment and Lauren Coveney who received a suspended 12 month sentence

Three girls have been sentenced after pleading guilty to assaulting a 14-year-old girl with a wheel brace at a Guildford park last year when they appeared at Guildford Crown Court yesterday (February 17). One received a custodial sentence.

Sophie Burrows, 19, of Godalming, Lauren Coveney, 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 July 9 2016.

The 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, which took place around 7pm at Stoughton recreation ground in Northway.

Stoughton Recreation Ground viewed from the Northway entrance

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.”

DC Jewell continued: “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.”

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.

Read also: Hunt For Attackers Who Assaulted Girl With A Crow Bar in Stoughton Recreation Ground

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