Man Left His Children to Go Hungry
Byline: Emma Brady
A man who left two children looking like 'victims from Belsen' was jailed for 15 months yesterday for his part in a regime of cruelty where the youngsters were made to eat curry, Weetabix and mustard on toast.
The 37-year-old man -who can not be named to protect the identity of the children -appeared at Stafford Crown Court for sentence after he pleaded guilty earlier this year to three charges of child cruelty.
In August the children's mother, aged 30, was jailed for two years after also admitting three charges of child cruelty.
The offences were committed in the Burton-upon-Trent area of Staffordshire between 2000 and 2001.
Stephen Thomas, prosecuting, told the court that the children, two boys aged between eight and TEN and seven and nine and a girl between three and five, were seen by a neighbour who saw the boys looking out from a bedroom window with 'pitiful looks in their eyes' and were described as like kids from Belsen.'
He said that when the children were hungry they were made to watch the couple eating food.
'They were not given anything at all and when they were given food it was of such a nature that it put them off,' he said.
'One boy said whatever they were given was horrible and they were sent to their rooms.
'They were given food by other children at school and would gorge themselves. Their presenceoutside was a rarity.' He said the younger boy was repeatedly assaulted by the couple and regularly kept from school and the older boy 'was thumped and kicked by the woman on one occasion when he went into the kitchen for some food. …