Woman sentenced for part in abuse of captive woman in Great Yarmouth and child abduction

Daniel Barber has been jailed for six years after admitting the false imprisonment of a woman in Gre

Daniel Barber has been jailed for six years after admitting the false imprisonment of a woman in Great Yarmouth. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary - Credit: Archant

A woman who was convicted for her part in keeping a woman captive in a Great Yarmouth bedsit and the abduction of two young boys who were abused has been spared jail.

Daniel Barber had been involved in a campaign of 'sustained abuse' on a 42-year-old woman, keeping her tied up in a bedsit Yarmouth, stubbing out cigarettes on her and cutting her with glass.

Barber, 29, of School Road, Yarmouth, was jailed for six years - with an extended six year period on licence -after previously admitting two counts of false imprisonment of the victim, aged in her 40s, seven counts of ABH involving two boys and one count of child abduction.

His co-defendant, Laura Matthews, 27, appeared at Norwich Crown Court to be sentenced yesterday after being found guily of assault and child abduction following a trial in January.

Sentencing Matthews to four months imprisonment, suspended for two years, Judge Anthony Bate insisted it was Barber who was the 'prime mover' in the 'sustained abuse' and said if Matthews had been 'left to her own devices' it was unlikely she would ever have found herself in this situation.


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She was also ordered to undertake two years supervision with the probation service in order to reduce her risk of re-offending and help rehabilitate her.

Lori Tucker, representing Matthews, said her client, who had a very supportive family, had been given a diagnosis and was receiving treatment for a condition.

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The court heard Matthews, of Grimsby, had a borderline personality disorder and suffered from low mood and severe anxiety and has self harmed and taken overdoses in the past but was seeing psychologists and psychiatrists in a bid to overcome her problems.

As previously reported Barber admitted he had bound and tied the victim to a kitchen cupboard and on another occasion had also tied her up with masking tape and left her in a shower.

The abuse, which took place between May 1 and June 30 2014, came to light after the victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found by police walking on the A12 towards Lowestoft,with substantial facial injuries and bruising.

Police said the boys, who also cannot be identified, were also subjected to abuse, including being burned with cigarettes and punched and kicked.

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