Burnley teens sentenced for sexually abusing schoolgirl

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Two teenagers who sexually abused a drunken schoolgirl at a New Year’s Eve house party in Burnley, have each been sentenced.

Burnley Crown Court heard how the “vulnerable” 14 year-old victim described herself as “very, very drunk,” when Tee-jay Walker (17) performed a sex act on her.

David Lingard, then 17 and now 18, had intercourse with the girl while Walker photographed the pair.

After the girl had had more alcohol and was said to be unconscious, the defendants abused, insulted and degraded her some more – laughing, posing and clearly enjoying it as they took pictures of themselves on a mobile phone.

Walker was said to have threatened to post the photos on-line.

Lingard, of Lionel Street, and Walker, of Wavell Street, both Burnley, had each admitted sexual activity with a child, sexual assault and taking indecent photos of a child. Lingard was sent to a young offenders’ institution and Walker to detention. Both will be on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.

Sentencing, Judge Beverly Lunt said: “A non custodial sentence would be wholly against the interests of justice. You chose to ignore standards of morality and the law and to commit these offences.”