Children as young as 3 'beaten and raped by father'

Children as young as 3 'beaten and raped by father'
Published: 2016 April 16 20:14:49 (7256 Views)
Six children who were allegedly beaten with wooden spoons and raped, were forced to sneak into the kitchen just so that they could eat, a court has heard.

The youngsters told how they were repeatedly hit, refused food and locked outside with the family's dogs.

Their parents, who cannot be named to protect their children's identities, are accused of wilfully neglecting their six children, as young as three, over three years from 2010.

The father denied three counts of rape, one of attempted rape and another of sexual assault on the eldest girl, who is not his biological child, at Guildford Crown Court.

The children accused their parents of throwing books, shoes and DVDs at them and one of their daughters also claims her mother emptied a pan of scalding noodles over her head.



Prosecutor Paul Valder told jurors: 'As parents the defendants were violent towards their children. They neglected their health, they neglected their development and put their own selfish needs first.'

Their father was alleged to have bitten the ear of one of the young girls and when one child saw him putting a white powder up his nose, he told them it was 'medicine.'

He was also said to have taken advantage of one of the girls, then aged under 13 years, and raped her.

The alleged abuse came to light when one of the children told her teacher that her 'mother had been violent to her', but they were then returned to their parents.

The pair were eventually arrested in August 2015, and denied the charges of child cruelty brought against them.

The trial continues.



Source - Metro

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