Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Three Stories

Mormon women ‘tortured children to instil discipline’
Two Mormon women tortured six young children by forcing them to eat red-hot chillies and whipping them with nettles, a court was told yesterday. Deidre Carrington, 41, and Maria Keable, 60, are also alleged to have punched and kneed the four girls and two boys, hit them with wooden spoons and rolling pins, and gagged them. Robin Johnson, for the prosecution, said: “This was a case of two women who were completely out of control.” The children were woken at 5am every day, made to say prayers and read scripture, before doing hours of housework. If they did not do their chores quickly enough and to a high standard, they were punished.

“The cruelty amounted to physical harm, punishing these children even when they were very young,” he said. “The physical abuse included striking and slapping, administering chilli powder and chopped chillies, using rolling pins and spoons to strike them, making them eat on the floor, making them eat raw eggs and striking them with stinging nettles.”

The eldest, a boy now aged 13, was gagged when he was naughty and bundled into a sheet to be restrained while he was beaten, the court was told. The women were also said to have placed him between them and punched him to each other like “a football”. They would also pick him up and throw him across the room.

Sadistic foster mother's 19-year reign of terror
(This one comes with pictures).
A foster mother was found guilty today of subjecting three young children to a "horrifying catalogue of cruel and sadistic treatment". Eunice Spry, 62, routinely beat, abused and starved the youngsters in her care over a 19 year period. The devout Jehovah's Witness forced sticks down their throats and made them eat their own vomit and rat excrement. As punishment for misbehaving, she would beat them on the soles of their feet and force them to drink washing up liquid and bleach.

Scrap women's prisons, peer says
Women's prisons should be shut down and replaced with small secure units, according to a report commissioned for the Home Office. The plan is being recommended by Labour peer Baroness Corston...She says women should be held in units near their families and not in large jails like the one in Holloway, London. If adopted by the home secretary, Baroness Corston's approach would see Holloway and about 14 other all-female prisons in England and Wales shut down or converted into jails for men. Lady Corston recommends a significant cut in the overall number of women who are sent to jail, with greater use of community punishments instead. Frances Crook, director of the Howard League for Penal Reform, said "prison simply doesn't work" for women.

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