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Eleven members of a West Norfolk Family sentenced to 60 years.

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4:30pm 3rd April 2014
(Updated 4:30pm 3rd April 2014)

A West Norfolk family has been sentenced to a total of 60 years in prison after the kidnapped beat and tortured a pregnant woman and her partner.

The family wrongly believed the pair had something to do with the death of Gertrude Frankham, despite two separate post mortems showing she died of natural causes.

“They beat them with their fists and with various metal poles, to try and obtain a confession. This was all videoed. When they finished they actually rang the police and informed us that there had been murder. They then presented the video to us showing that in their belief, the couple had confessed to the murder.”

Dennis Lacey is the District Commander for West Norfolk Police and worked on the case himself...

He's described it as the worst case he's seen in a 27 year career...

"When you see the video, it really was horrific particularly on the woman. She suffered injuries like a perforated area drum, and quite substantial facial injuries. She feared for her life and the life of her unborn baby as she was quite heavily pregnant at the time.

"The man that was taken also suffered some terrible injuries that required quite a lot of stitches.”


The sentences in full:

Violet Chilton, 57, of St John’s Fen End:  6 years in prison.

Thomas Chilton, 29, of St John’s Fen End: 6 years in prison.

Edward Dolan Jnr, 18, of Walpole: 18 months in a youth offenders institute.

Vanessa Frankham, 48, of Walpole St Andrew: 7 years in prison.

Diane Evans, 18, of Wisbech: 18 months in a youth offenders institute.

Laura Ann Dolan, 37, of Sutton Bridge: 8 years in prison.

Wayne Dolan, 35, of Walpole St Andrew: 5 years in prison.

Edward Dolan Snr, 38, of Walpole St Andrew: 12 years in prison.

Sheila Conboy, 55, of Walpole St Andrew: 8 years in prison.

Valerie Harris, 47, of Thistlebrook, London: 3.5 years in prison.

A 17 year old was also detained for 18 months.

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