Young mother-of-two takes her own life after two men assaulted her and blackmailed her with a recording of the abuse
27-year-old Jenna Johnson committed suicide on January 1 after she was drugged, sexually assaulted, and raped by two men a week earlier.
A Scottish mother-of-two is reported to have killed herself on New Year's Day because she was drugged and raped by two men who she was having drinks with a week earlier. The duo had recorded a video of the act for blackmail purposes, relatives have claimed.
According to the Daily Record, 27-year-old Jenna Johnson was found dead at her home in the Scottish highlands town of Thurso on January 1 after she failed to turn up at her mother's house for lunch that day. Her family said that Johnson woke up on December 23 and found herself covered in bruises scratches, and needle marks. She had reportedly claimed she was sexually assaulted by one man and raped by another, and that the pair had recorded themselves in the act and threatened to release the footage so she would lose custody of the children.
"It seemed a few people in the community knew these two men had drugged and raped her and filmed it because they had been boasting about it," her sister Kelsey said. "They told Jenna they had filmed themselves doing sexual things to her and were threatening to send it to people, saying she'd lose her kids. I don't know if they were blackmailing her or just enjoying having power over her but she was distraught. Jenna was a loyal friend and totally devoted to her kids."
One of the men that Johnson named was also reportedly a suspect in the murder of 25-year-old of Stefan Sutherland in 2013. Speaking about the suspect's alleged history of violence, Johnson's mom Carol Forrest said, "We know, and our whole community knows, that these two guys are evil and have carried out other sickening and violent crimes, with Stefan's father Sandy adding, "This guy should have been in jail for Stefan’s murder and if he had been, another family would not be suffering as we have."
The police said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding Stefan's death, despite evidence to the contrary — his body had injuries consistent with torture and there was blood on the walls of the suspect's home. They have similarly said there are no suspicious circumstances regarding Johnson's death, with a forensic examination after her death inconclusive over any possible sexual assault or rape.
Speaking to the Daily Mail about Johnson's suicide, a Scotland police spokesman said, "The circumstances of her death are non-suspicious. Further police enquiries are going to establish the full circumstances relating to this incident. A report has been submitted to the Procurator Fiscal, as is standard for sudden deaths. Our thoughts are with her family at this sad time and they are being provided with support by specialist officers."
Her family has promised to continue fighting for justice. "The most important thing I can do now for my daughter is look after her children," Forrest said. "But I can also demand justice. She doesn’t have a voice anymore so we have to speak for her. Too many serious and violent crimes have been swept under the carpet in this area in recent years. We won’t be fobbed off and we won’t stay quiet."