Sick yob who filmed abuse of disabled teen on phone is jailed

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A YOB who filmed sickening abuse of a disabled teenager on his mobile phone has been jailed.

Glen Meggison, 22, videoed the victim, who has severe learning difficulties, being degraded for his and his pals’ own sick pleasure.

The victim, who was described as “extremely vulnerable” due to his disability, was hung on a wall by some nails, locked in a cupboard with a large dog and had his trousers pulled down in front of others by Meggison and a 16-year-old boy, who cannot be identified.

A court heard how the victim believed Meggison and the youth were his friends, but Meggison filmed much of the abuse on his mobile phone.

He was jailed for 16 months at Teesside Crown Court yesterday.

The judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC told Meggison he had deliberately targeted the vulnerable victim and humiliated him.

The abuse came to light when the victim told his family he had been fighting with Meggison.

He want on to tell how he had been locked in a cupboard with a big dog by Meggison and the youth.

Prosecutor Ian Mullarkey said: “The door of the cupboard was held shut so he couldn’t get out. He shouted ‘let me out’ but they refused and were laughing at him.

“He said he felt scared and the dog tried to bite him. After being let out he tried to leave but the front door was locked.”

In another incident the victim told how he was hung on nails on a wall by his tormentors and was left the for five minutes before someone else let him down.

He also told how Meggison had filmed him on his phone as the youth pulled his trousers down.

The same youth tried to bribe the victim to keep quiet and threatened to attack him if he told anyone.

When Meggison was arrested, police discovered a number of videos of the abuse on his phone.

They also included the victim being cornered by a snarling dog, being sick while drunk and another of him covered in fake tan and make up.

In a statement read to the court, the victim’s mother said she had been “shocked and disgusted” at what had happened.

She said: “These two people subjected my son to this sort of abuse and took advantage of his learning disability and trusting nature.”

Meggison, of xx, Hartlepool, admitted harassment.

Nick Cartmell, mitigating, claimed the youth carried out the worst abuse and claimed it was “high jinks gone too far” but the judge rejected that.

Mr Cartmell added: “He is genuinely, truly remorseful for the role that he’s played in all of this.

“There were attempts to rein in what was going on with in the group. He can see he should have gone a lot further, but it’s what he tried to do.”

Judge Bourne-Arton said: “It must have been obvious to you, to anyone, that he was disabled in the way that he was.

“You did what you did for pure pleasure, you amused yourself essentially at his expense.

“You degraded him and you humiliated him. This is a very serious and bad case.”

The 16-year-old was given a youth referral order by Hartlepool Youth Court after he admitted harassment.