Two women tortured teenage boy with glass bottle

Agnes Bowers and Nora Holmes stamped on the 17-year-old's head in Renfrewshire.

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Two women who attacked a teenage boy with a glass bottle and stamped on his head have been jailed.

Agnes Bowers, 27, and Nora Holmes, 25, carried out the assault to danger of life on the 17-year-old victim at his home in Johnstone, Renfrewshire, on October 4, 2019.

Holmes smashed a bottle of vodka over his head before the pair punched, kicked and stamped on his head. Holmes also tried to write on his leg using broken glass.

The pair pled guilty at the High Court in Glasgow to assault to teenager’s severe injury, permanent disfigurement and danger of his life.

The court heard they carried out the assault because of rumours about their victim.

Judge Lord Burns jailed Holmes who he said was the instigator of the attack for 43 months. Bowers , from Roystonhill, Glasgow, was jailed for 37 months and ordered to be monitored in the community for two years after her release.

Lord Burns said: “You both assaulted this young man because of a rumour which may or may not be well founded.

“This was fuelled by a cocktail of drink and drugs and mental health problems.”

The judge told Holmes: “You were the principal actor here and you used a bottle to hit the boy and cut glass on his body – a form of torture.”

Prosecutor Paul Kearney said: “Holmes began an assault by smashing a vodka bottle on his head.

“She then dragged him from the couch and the two accused kicked, punched and stamped on his head then kicked and punched him on the body. Holmes repeatedly struck his head off a wall.”

The crying victim pleaded with the pair for the attack to stop, but was cut with broken glass.

One witness told police: “It looked to me like they were trying to write something on his legs with the glass.”

The living room was described as being a “bloodbath” with walls and furniture stained.

The boy wasn’t moving and was covered in blood and a 999 call was eventually made.

Officers arrived and were told by Holmes that “things got out of control.”

She added: “It’s all on me. I think I went too far, I need a lawyer.”

The victim suffered a bleed on the brain, a cut to a vein and a broken nose.

Mr Kearney added: “The wounds will leave permanent scars. His life was put in danger and without medical treatment he would have died.”

Defence counsel Louise Arrol, representing Bowers, said: “She has very little recollection of the incident. She suffers from post traumatic stress disorder.”

Defence counsel Donna Armstrong, defending Holmes, said: “She has written a letter to the court expressing remorse. She lost control.”

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