Cruel parents who forced ‘constantly hungry’ boy (11) to live in coal bunker are jailed for two years
A MOTHER and stepfather who forced their 11-year-old son to live in a filthy converted coal bunker have each been jailed for two years.
Bullied and constantly hungry, the traumatised boy was made to live and sleep in the room, described as a "cell" by social workers, and reduced to using a potty as he was locked up each night until morning.
The rubbish-strewn room had no heating, a bare lightbulb, and concrete walls and floor, with the child left to sleep on a dirty mattress with a sleeping bag for a blanket.
The couple in their 40s, who cannot be named for legal reasons, both admitted a single charge of cruelty by wilful neglect between January 2010 and January 2011 at an earlier hearing at Preston Crown Court.
Sentencing, Judge Norman Wright told the pair: "This was a flagrant abuse of power and a gross breach of trust."
He added: "The room has been described as a cell but it seems to me it was akin to a prison cell from a third world country, not the home of an 11- or 12-year-old living in this century in this country."