A desperate mother has been jailed for 12 months after tying up her teenage daughter in a bid to stop her buying drugs.
Julia Saker tried to stop 19-year-old daughter Tabitha leaving the family home after finding out she was an addict and was on her way to meet her dealer.
Saker and Tabitha's ex-boyfriend Christopher Francklin - who spotted Tabitha climbing out of a window and shoved her back into her room - tied her arms together with tape and shoved a sock in her mouth.
The pair were arrested in October last year after Tabitha dialled 999 and police heard her screaming as she was tied up and forcibly restrained.
Saker was jailed for 12 months yesterday and Francklin for 18 months after Judge Adele Williams told them they had 'detained a young woman who was subjected to violence and humiliation'.
Canterbury Crown Court heard how Saker, who is in her 50s and lives in Dover, Kent, was 'desperate' to save her daughter from drug addiction.
Francklin, who is in his 20s, spotted his former girlfriend climbing out of the window of her home and forced her back into her room believing she was sneaking out to buy class A drugs, believed to be heroin.
The court heard 999 evidence detailing Tabitha's screams as she was held back by the pair - repeatedly telling them she 'couldn't breathe'.
The tape also revealed Francklin telling the 19-year-old that he would 'hit her hard' and also Tabitha begging her mother and Francklin to 'stop hurting her'.
A belt was also used to restrain the teen by putting it round her neck and her arms were tied behind her back - causing her to suffer bruises and an injury to her jaw.
When police arrived at the house they found Tabitha in tears and arrested her mother and ex-boyfriend, who both admitted a charge of false imprisonment.
Both Saker and Francklin admitted tying the teen up and Francklin also admitted using violence by jumping on her in a bid to hold her down - telling the court he was trying to force her to give up drugs.
Philip Hill, for Saker, said she had 'done her utmost for Tabitha' and she had 'acted with the best of intentions'.
Nicholas Jinks, defending Francklin, added: 'Things escalated. It was a short incident which caused great distress and he accepts his responsibility.
'There was no premeditation or weapons used and it was motivated by good intentions.'
Judge Adele Williams told the pair it was a serious offence which subjected the victim to violence and humiliation, despite the fact they were trying to get her off drugs.
'It was said you, Julia Saker were at your wits' end because of her drug-taking but you could have sought professional help instead of imprisoning her in this way,' she added.
Last updated at 4:32 PM on 21st January 2011
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