Saturday, December 5, 2009

British church leader tortured daughter, 10

British church leader tortured daughter, 10, with boiling plastic after becoming convinced she was a witch By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 8:10 PM on 04th December 2009
Convicted: A man was jailed for eight years at Coventry Crown Court today for torturing his 10-year-old daughter
An evangelist church leader who tortured his 10-year-old daughter and kept her prisoner for four days with no food because he was convinced she was a witch was jailed for eight-and-a-half years today.
The twisted 39-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, dripped boiling hot plastic over his terrified daughter's feet and beat her senseless after she became 'possessed by evil spirits'.

The girl was held prisoner and force-fed olive oil and milk for four days after the man became convinced she had powers to make people fall asleep, Coventry Crown Court heard.
The Congolese-born man admitted child cruelty and was jailed for eight-and-a-half years.
His second wife, the girl's step-mother, admitted wilful neglect of a child and was jailed for four years last week.
Sentencing the man, Judge Peter Ross told him: 'Your daughter, in the last three to four weeks that she lived with you was subjected to the most horrific torture.

'She did not even have a bed to sleep on. You bound her, you gagged her, you beat her, you whipped her and then kept her prisoner with no food.

'It is hard to imagine any man, let alone a father quite deliberately inflicting such calculated cruelty on a child.

'It is your beliefs which led you to believe she was possessed by evil spirits. These beliefs are frankly something an intelligent man would know were nonsense.'
The court heard that the girl arrived in Britain from the Congo in May 2007 and moved to live with her father and step-mother in Coventry.
Sally Hancox, prosecuting, told the court the girl was subjected to daily beatings which included being hit with a piece of wood and whipped with computer cables.
She said: 'The girl was singled out by her father. On one occasion he knelt down in front of her so he could trap her foot before putting a plastic bag in a candle and dripping the hot plastic onto her feet.'

The court heard the girl's hands were so badly burned after being held over a candle the blisters protruded two inches out from her palms.
On another occasion the man cut his daughter's shoulder with a knife and smashed her head against a wall before standing on her face.
The court heard the girl was kept prisoner in her home on May 21 last year when she got into a fight at school with another pupil.
Her father locked her in her bedroom and forced her to drink olive oil and milk. She was not given food for four days and only allowed to go to the toilet twice.
Miss Hancox said: 'When the officer examined her room he found clothes and school bags sodden with urine. Obviously she had needed to relieve herself in her room but attempted to hide it.'
The man sat impassively in the witness box and at points laughed when the crimes against his daughter was read out.
The man was ordered to serve half his sentence before he is let out on license.

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