Thugs who used a flamethrower to torture man for six hours are jailed

Vicious thugs who tortured man with a flamethrower, knives and boiling water for SIX HOURS in drugs-related attack are jailed for total of 35 years

  • Charlie Saunter, William O’Brien, and Kai Haruna filmed their vicious attack 
  • The trio of thugs carried out the attack in a Gravesend flat, Kent, on July 5, 2020  

A gang of vicious thugs who tortured a man with a flamethrower, knives and boiling salt water for six hours have been jailed. 

‘Dangerous’ Charlie Saunter, William O’Brien, and Kai Haruna attacked their victim in a drugs-related row. 

Saunter, 23, along with his younger accomplices O’Brien and Haruna, both 20, also subjected the man to burns, dog bites and genital mutilation in a flat in Gravesend, Kent on July 5, 2020. 

Haruna repeatedly jumped on the victim’s chest until he’d passed out, while O’Brien used his dog to stop the man from escaping, police said.

Footage of the sickening abuse was shared online – before being uncovered by detectives days later. Now, the trio of violent thugs have been jailed for a combined total of 35 years. 

‘Dangerous’ Charlie Saunter, 23, was the oldest of the three thugs who tortured a man using boiling water, knives, a dog and a home-made flamethrower. He was jailed for 13 years and six months 

Detective Constable John Carless, of Kent Police’s County Line and Gangs Team said: ‘These men are violent and dangerous criminals with zero regard for the law.

‘Haruna, O’Brien, and Saunter planned and launched a lengthy attack on their victim, subjecting him to vicious torture techniques over a period of six hours.

‘These men are violent and dangerous criminals with zero regard for the law.’

A sentencing hearing at Maidstone Crown Court, Kent, heard the trio had tortured their victim in a dispute over money or the supply of drugs in July 2020.

Two days after the attack, Kent Police received video evidence of the incident which had been shared on social media and arrested the trio that same day.

While arresting the attackers, officers seized two knives as well as quantities of heroin and cocaine.

One of the officers was also injured after being bitten by a dog during the arrests.

Kai Haruna (left), 20, of Grove Park, London, was jailed for eight years for his part in the assault while accomplice William O’Brien (right), 20, from Greenwich was jailed for 11 years

All three young men were charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent, which Saunter and Haruna both admitted.

O’Brien had initially denied this charge but later also changed his plea to guilty.

Saunter admitted another charge of possession with intent to supply heroin and crack cocaine.

Their sentences additionally dealt with two separate cases, involving thefts and further acts of violence.

Saunter, of Pevensey in East Sussex, was jailed for 13 years and six months, whilst O’Brien, of Greenwich, was given 11 years and Haruna, of Grove Park, London, was given eight years and three months.

All three will serve at least two-thirds of their jail time before they are even able to apply for parole, and all will be subject to an extended licence period of four years upon their release.

Commenting on the brutal attack, DC Carless added: ‘This case is a stark reminder of the wider range of violent crimes involved in the supply of drugs.’

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