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Two-year term for Aimee bullies
Claire Carey was sentenced to two years' detention
Bully Claire Carey was handed a two-year sentence
Three girls who were found guilty of the manslaughter of a 15-year-old girl have been locked up for two years by a judge at Leeds Crown Court.

Aimee Wellock died near her home in Bradford after she was attacked by the group on 7 June.

Claire Carey, 18, was given two years youth detention for the attack and two years for affray to run concurrently.

Her co-defendants, who cannot be named, were given two years for manslaughter and 18 months concurrent for affray.

After the hearing Aimee's parents criticised the length of the sentences, saying they should have been longer.

Passing sentence the judge, Mr Justice Field, said: "I am acutely aware no sentence I pass will restore Aimee to her family or assuage their grief or acute sense of loss."

There needs to be deterrents to protect the public and in this day and age...we hear all too often of unprovoked attacks
Alan Wellock, Aimee's father

He told Carey he was treating her as a "dangerous offender" and said that she had to serve a minimum of two years in custody, but her release after this time was not guaranteed.

She was "the principal participant" in the assault on Aimee, the judge said.

He told the other two girls that despite not treating them as dangerous offenders in the eyes of the law, he nevertheless would impose two year detention and training orders in both cases.

He told the younger of the pair: "None of that violence had any justification at all."

Aimee Wellock
Aimee Wellock collapsed running for the safety of her home

As well as being convicted for manslaughter all three were either found guilty or pleaded guilty to a count of affray and were given sentences to run concurrently with those for the manslaughter charges.

Aimee's father, Alan Wellock, said: "We feel that they should be certainly greater than, you know, two, three, four years.

"In this situation, there are no winners, but there needs to be deterrents to protect the public and in this day and age, you know, we hear all too often of unprovoked attacks.

It just upsets me so much to think that they've done this.
Jackie Wellock, Aimee's mother

"Children need to be able to go round to the corner shop and buy sweets and pensioners need to be able to walk unthreatened to go and collect a pension or do a little bit of shopping."

Aimee's mother, Jackie Wellock, said her daughter was the most precious thing in their lives.

"She had so many things that she had to overcome in her young life and she was just getting there," she said.

"We're a close family but all of a sudden she's not there anymore. It just upsets me so much to think that they've done this.

"It's almost they don't care that they've done it."


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SEE ALSO:
Girl 'did not mean to hurt' Aimee
26 Sep 05 |  West Yorkshire
Bully group 'caused girl's death'
19 Sep 05 |  Bradford


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