A STEPFATHER who starved two children and forced them into ice baths has been jailed for six years.
Gary Martin Davies, 37, took “sadistic pleasure” in inflicting a catalogue of abuse on the young brother and sister, a court heard.
Gary Martin Davies, 37, starved his two step-children and made then sit in ice baths, a court was told[/caption]
He would force the two primary school pupils from Carlisle, Cumbria to stare at a wall for hours.
Davies made the terrified youngsters to beg for food, take baths filled with ice cubes and and sleep without blankets on the bathroom floor.
Prosecutor Tim Evans said the children’s mother entered into a relationship with Davies and set up home with him in Carlisle.
‘BEGGING FOR FOOD’
The barrister outlined how over several months the children were subjected to various forms of cruelty.
“They were forced to the indignity of begging for their food,” said Mr Evans.
“And it seems, from the reaction of the teachers, not given sufficient, even when forced to beg.
The grotesque ill-treatment which you caused these children I categorise as sadistic
Judge Nicholas Barker
Davies at times “dragged” the girl to the bathroom, swore at the children and tried to humiliate the boy by ridiculing him.
Davies also forced the children at times to “sleep in a cupboard,” said Mr Evans.
When making them have cold baths, he would add ice cubes and pour the water over their heads.
The court heard that Davies has a long history of violence, with several convictions for assault, the most recent ones being the most serious.
Davies admitted two offences of child cruelty and was jailed for five years and eleven months.
Caging him, Judge Nicholas Barker said: “The grotesque ill-treatment which you caused these children I categorise as sadistic.
“You as an adult were well aware of the fear you were importing into those children.
“You will be well aware of how they reacted to you – no doubt with utter terror.
“Given that you did not temper your behaviour, you must have obtained sadistic pleasure from it.
“Both children suffered significant mental health problems.”
He added: “It’s hard to see that you have offered genuine remorse, given that you required the children to be court-summonsed so their veracity could be tested.
“You are a significant risk of serious harm to members of the public.”
DC Julie Ross, who oversaw the investigation, said: “This terrible abuse has had a huge impact on the children’s emotional, physical and mental wellbeing.
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“As the judge said, this abuse was harrowing and made their lives wretched.
“We hope this sentence today sends out a strong message.”