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'Gratuitous cruelty': Two jailed over kidnapping and abuse of disabled woman Kayla Kendrigan

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Feb. 13, 2020

A terrifying ordeal for a disabled woman who was kidnapped, stabbed and thrown off a Sydney bridge has ended with significant prison terms for her tormentors.
Brooke Levina Jane Brown, 20, and Matthew James Leuthwaite, 23, were sentenced on Thursday for their role in the "gratuitous cruelty" inflicted on Kayla Kendrigan.
Brown, Leuthwaite and two teenagers, who can't be named for legal reasons, kidnapped Ms Kendrigan in September 2018.
The victim was tied to a chair, stabbed and had her eyebrows shaved off before she was bundled in the boot of a car and subsequently thrown off Windsor Bridge.
She survived after landing in the river below.
"Gratuitous cruelty was involved in this offence," Judge Mark Buscombe told Penrith District Court on Thursday.
"It was clearly an horrific ordeal and will have a lasting impact on (Ms Kendrigan)."
Brown will serve at least four years behind bars, while Leuthwaite was sentenced to a minimum of five years in prison for his role in the abuse.
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