Custody for teen who loves inflicting pain

Ryan Berry, Blackpool, sentenced to five years for attack on teenager
Ryan Berry, Blackpool, sentenced to five years for attack on teenager
  • Ryan Berry was handed eight years detention with five years extended licence
  • Judge told him he enjoyed inflicting pain on himself and others
  • Felt no remorse over the injuries he caused
  • A man was forced to strip and repeatedly punched by Berry who allegedly urinated on his face
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A teenager who carried out a humiliating attack on a man in his Blackpool flat and later robbed two young boys while covered in blood has been given an extended sentence for public protection.

Ryan Berry was handed eight years detention with five years extended licence to follow by a judge who told him he enjoyed inflicting pain on himself and others – and felt no remorse over the injuries he caused.

You admit having a short temper and you become violent very quickly. You blame others for your behaviour in order to avoid getting into trouble.

Terrified

Those comments had been made by the 19-year-old himself when he volunteered information to a psychiatrist who compiled a report on him, Preston Crown Court heard.

A man was beaten with a wooden chair leg in his own home, forced to strip and repeatedly punched by Berry who allegedly urinated on his face.

That victim was so terrified that he climbed through a window to escape and was found in the street naked and covered in blood.

In the aftermath and while he and a youth were covered in blood, Berry was involved in robbing two 12-year-old boys on the street.

And he had only been let out of detention a matter of days earlier.

Berry of Queen Street, North Shore, had admitted one offence of wounding with intent and two of robbery.

A 15-year-old boy, who was 14 at the time and cannot be named due to his age, had admitted the two robberies.

A judge gave him a 12-month intensive referral order earlier this week.

The attack victim had invited the defendants into his flat on Liverpool Road, Blackpool on August 1.

They sat around drinking cider, but the mood changed when the drink ran out.

The court heard the two defendants were later seen in the street high fiving, chest bumping and hugging each other as though celebrating.

Their victim needed stitches for several wounds and had also a had a fork used on him.

His ordeal left him suffering flashbacks and feeling suicidal. He said: “I’d rather die than go through this incident again”.

The court heard that almost immediately after the attack, Berry and the boy approached two 12-year-old boys walking on Bispham Road and robbed them.

Nick Kennedy, defending, said the offences were clearly serious and the defendant was under no illusions about it.

In passing sentence, Judge Jacqueline Beech said the attack on the man in his own home had involved “gratuitous degradation” of the victim.

The two boys who were later robbed would have feared for their safety on seeing two men covered in blood.

She referred to a psychiatric report obtained by defence solicitors which, she said, painted a picture of a young man who since childhood had enjoyed inflicting pain.

Judge Beech told Berry: “As a child your target was animals and you would kill them for a laugh.

“You admit having a short temper and you become violent very quickly. You blame others for your behaviour in order to avoid getting into trouble.

“You volunteered that as you have grown older the level of your violence has increased. You have used weapons upon others on numerous occasions, including cutting a victim’s face, stabbing a victim and beating victims with weapons.

“None of those have resulted in criminal proceedings”.

The judge added: “You volunteered that you enjoy inflicting pain on yourself and others and that you never feel guilty about the pain and injuries you cause to others.

“You don’t care about other people’s feelings – again volunteered to the psychiatrist”.

It was felt that Berry was suffering from dissocial and emotionally unstable personality traits.