A judge in the UK fought back tears as he described how a couple subjected two young girls to 'grotesque' physical and sexual abuse.
Michael Miszczak, 54, and his ex-wife Sandra Jones, 52, 'brainwashed', raped and beat their extremely vulnerable victims.
They forced the children to eat their own vomit and to fight with each other, Liverpool Crown Court heard.
When describing another horrific incident committed by Miszczak, Judge Denis Watson, QC, became emotional and his voice started to waver.
He said: 'I don't think I will ever forget listening to the evidence. That event, it was so appalling, I find it difficult to control the repetition of what occurred.'
Michael Scholes, prosecuting, had earlier told the court: 'It's difficult to imagine a worse example of [abuse] of a child.'
He said the now adult women 'suffered significant psychological trauma as a result of their ordeal at the hands of these defendants'.
During the trial, the jury heard the girls both had eating problems and frequently vomited.
Mr Scholes said: '[One victim] said this was dealt with by both girls being required to eat their own and each other's vomit.'
Miszczak was found guilty of 10 charges, including child rape, indecent assault and child cruelty.
Jones was convicted of four charges including aiding and abetting rape, assault causing actual bodily harm and child cruelty.
The judge sentenced Miszczak to 25 years behind bars, with an extended three years on licence. He jailed Jones for 14 years, with a further year on licence.
Source - Metro