More mitigating pleas heard in abuse case

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A father who admits beating and neglecting his children who had been sexually abused by their own mother should not be jailed, the Crown Court heard yesterday.

His lawyer told Mr Justice Horner that while the custody threshold was crossed, the public interest could be served by suspending any jail term.

The historic case centres on a catalogue of remarkable cruelty towards the children, which included forcing them to sleep in filth, confining one in a cot for two years, and making them watch as their mother had sex with a variety of men – including her brothers and an RUC reservist.

 

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