A TRAUMATISED teen has recalled her horror of being beaten with a hammer after her attacker lured her to a meeting using Snapchat.
Deanna Burrows, 17, of Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, was knocked out and left with three gaping wounds on her scalp by a jealous love rival.
Deanna Burrows, 17, of Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, was left with three gaping wounds on her scalp after her attacker lured her to a meeting through Snapchat[/caption]
She had been meeting up with and messaging Lucy Riddington’s boyfriend on Snapchat but they were nothing more than friends.
One night she got a message asking her to meet him but when Deanna arrived she was struck with the hammer by Riddington.
When Deanna asked why she was being assaulted, her attacker replied “you know why”.
Deanna told the Sunday People: “As I scrambled to my feet I felt what I thought was water pouring down the side of my head but it was really blood.
She compared the sight of her attacker to that of a “horror movie serial killer”.
Deanna had to have stitches and spent the night in hospital.
She could have killed me but she got off scot-free while I’ve been left mentally scarred for life
She was later told she could have died as Riddington continued to hit her with the hammer and kick her while she was unconscious.
Riddington had used a tablet belonging to her boyfriend’s relative and posed as him to lure Deanna to meet.
She was spared jail but Deanna said she has been “traumatised” by the September 2017 attack.
She said: “I’m not the same person since Lucy attacked me. I can’t go out alone in public and feel like I’m always looking over my shoulder.
“She could have killed me but she got off scot-free while I’ve been left mentally scarred for life.”
Police discovered four hammers in Riddington’s home in Huntingdon and found Deanna’s DNA on one.
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In February Riddington pleaded guilty to attempting to inflict grevious bodily harm with intent at Cambridge Crown Court.
She was sentenced to 18 months in a young offenders’ institution, suspended for two years.
Riddington was also ordered to complete 120 hours of unpaid work and given a three-year restraining order against Deanna.
Riddington had used a tablet belonging to her boyfriend’s relative and posed as him on Snapchat to lure Deanna to meet[/caption]
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