Father admits cruelty to his ‘feral’ children

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A FATHER has been handed a suspended prison sentence after admitting cruelty to two of his young sons.

The 49-year-old Southsea man appeared at Portsmouth Crown Court yesterday.

Prosecutor Mary Aspinall-Miles told the court: ‘These boys are damaged vulnerable little children.’

The court heard the father of the boys, who cannot be named for legal reasons, hit the two boys three times each on the backside over clothing with a belt and on another occasion with a slipper.

He also hit one round the back of the ear, the court heard.

Judge Sarah Munro QC said she was satisfied he was carrying out a ‘genuine effort to improve their behaviour’ but it resulted in ‘excessive corporal punishment’.

She added: ‘You accept by your pleas of guilty that your treatment of them was cruel in the sense of the legal definition of that word on those occasions.’

Judge Munro said: ‘By the time they came into your life they were on the way to becoming delinquent and feral.’

The man pleaded guilty to two charges of cruelty to a person under 16. The boys were 11 and 12 at the time.

Judge Munro handed the man a 36-week prison sentence suspended two years.