A woman who was at the centre of a child sex abuse ring where youngsters were "passed around like toys" has been jailed for life.
Marie Black, from Norwich, will serve at least 12 years behind bars before she is eligible for parole after being found guilty of 23 offences following a trial earlier this year.
The crimes included rape, conspiracy to rape & inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, as she used children "for her own & for others' sexual gratification".
The victims were five young children – two boys & three girls – who were abused over a 10-year period around Norwich & London, the trial heard.
The judge told Black, 34, that her behaviour was "utterly depraved" & the victims were "passed around like toys".
She & two men were said to have invited other adults to parties where children were abused & played card games to decide who would abuse which youngster.
The judge said there was evidence that children were "raffled" for abuse.
Judge Nicholas ColemanÂ said to Black, who sobbed throughout the sentencing hearing at Norwich Crown Court, that: "The case is the most harrowing it has been my misfortune to try.
"I & the jurors had to listen to the truly gruesome detail of what took place.
"Your conduct towards these children can only be described as utterly depraved – the children were subjected to sexual abuse of the worst kind."
Michael Rogers, 46, from Romford, Essex, was jailed for 24 years after being found guilty of 14 counts including cruelty, rape & inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
Jason Adams, 44, from Norwich, was sentenced to 24 years after being convicted of 13 similar counts.
Judge Coleman said: "You, Marie Black, were the constant factor in all of these crimes.
"The offences included adults conspiring to rape children at so-called sex parties.
"You used them for you own, & for others, sexual gratification.
"It amounts to child sexual abuse of the most serious kind."
Sarah Elliott QC, mitigating for Black, said her client had been the victim of "very serious" domestic violence at the hands of Adams.
"He was & is a very manipulative man," she added.
Source: “Sky News”