In England, James McPhilbin (the first pictured man) was facing a common concern as a father. He was told that a teen boy was sending his daughter harassing text messages. Where most dads would call the parents or even speak to the boy, James’ nephew, Anthony McPhilbin, and two men (Alex Duff and Anthony Morton — shown above) decided to kidnap the kid. He was then taken to an apartment, torturing and stabbed with a knife. The 17-year-old proved to be innocent and the four men proved the value of AYSOS as a text message.
After Anthony called his uncle, James joined the group, which proceeded to yell at him while telling him that it was rude to sent harassing text messages. Duff and Morton then took the teen to an alleyway where they beat him and repeatedly stabbed him — including puncturing his lung. Local residents intervened and stopped the attack.
James McPhilbin got off remarkably light for confessing false imprisonment — just 16 months. His nephew got four years while Morton and Duff got seven years and one month each.
That is pretty generous for kidnapping and assault. This was not just some confrontation on the street. The men pulled along side of the victim and first dragged him to an apartment and then dragged him into an alleyway. Puncturing a lung requires a serious stab wound that could have been lethal. In the states, Morton and Duff would be looking at a sentence at least twice that length in most states.
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