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maandag, mei 28, 2012

Two jailed for boy in coal bunker

The room where the boy was kept in BlackpoolThe boy was kept in a "freezing" room described as a cell by social workers

A couple who locked a boy in a dirty and cold converted coal bunker have each been jailed for two years.

The 11-year-old boy was forced to live and sleep in the room, described as a cell by social workers, and left with a potty when he was locked up at night.

The mother and her partner, in their 40s and from Blackpool, pleaded guilty to neglect at an earlier hearing.

Sentencing them, Judge Norman Wright said: "This was a flagrant abuse of power and a gross breach of trust."

The rubbish-strewn room had no heating, a bare lightbulb, and concrete walls and floor, with the child left to sleep on a dirty mattress with a sleeping bag for a blanket.

Judge Wright added: "The room has been described as a cell but it seems to me it was akin to a prison cell from a third world country, not the home of an 11- or 12-year-old living in this century in this country."

The couple, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were due to be sentenced last Monday but Judge Wright adjourned the hearing after the man collapsed in the dock

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-18236902#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa

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