‘Disgraceful’ father admits child cruelty


A 40-year-old Co Antrim man whose teenage daughter didn’t eat or wash properly whilst she was grounded in his flat was today told his parental behaviour was “disgraceful.”

The man, who cannot be named to protect his daughter’s identify, subjected the 14-year-old girl to a “barrage” of verbal abuse which left her “intimidated and frightened”.

The father pleaded guilty at Belfast Crown Court to a charge of cruelty to a child by wilfully mistreating her in a manner likely to cause her unnecessary suffering over a period from March 5 to 10, 2014.

Judge Patricia Smyth told the man his “behaviour as a parent was disgraceful”. She placed him on probation for two years – and spoke of the hope “for rehabilitation between parent and child”.