Guest toonlass Posted June 22, 2009 Share Posted June 22, 2009 What the hell is going on here man. Stories on BBC news website today. As a parent I find it sickening: A couple whose three young children were forced to live in what police called a "hell hole" have been jailed for three years each for child neglect. The children had to share a soiled bed and their home was covered in urine and faeces, York Crown Court heard. When officers entered the house they found the children wearing dirty nappies. They were surrounded by piles of rubbish and rotting scraps of food. A 26-year-old man and 24-year-old woman from York were sentenced on Monday. Judge Stephen Ashurst said the children - two girls aged four and one and a boy aged three - has been "prisoners in their own home", who had been unable to even play in the garden. Prosecutors said it was one of the most distressing cases of child neglect they had ever seen. Authorities were alerted to the property when a member of the public complained to York Council about its outside appearance, the court was told. Police and social service officials found festering piles of rubbish, rotting food, and the walls covered with urine and faeces. The way they subjected them to cruelty, neglect and abuse is truly shocking in this day and age Det Con Debbie Outwin, North Yorkshire Police The windows had been covered up, blocking out any natural light. The court heard that the children's parents had forced them to live in squalid conditions in their home in the Clifton area of York between April and October 2008. The couple admitted three charges of neglecting the children in a manner likely to cause them unnecessary suffering. The judge said it was a disturbing and serious case and the home had deteriorated to such a degree because of the couple's "self-obsessed" behaviour. Det Con Debbie Outwin, North Yorkshire Police The windows had been covered up, blocking out any natural light. The court heard that the children's parents had forced them to live in squalid conditions in their home in the Clifton area of York between April and October 2008. The couple admitted three charges of neglecting the children in a manner likely to cause them unnecessary suffering. The judge said it was a disturbing and serious case and the home had deteriorated to such a degree because of the couple's "self-obsessed" behaviour. Det Con Debbie Outwin of North Yorkshire Police, who led the investigation, said: "It is very satisfying that the couple have been brought to justice for the horrific conditions they forced upon their children. "The way they subjected them to cruelty, neglect and abuse is truly shocking in this day and age." http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i137/cerkir/_45959029_kitchen.jpg And then: Boy 'tried to eat toy sandwiches' Angela Gordon and Junaid Abuhamza deny murdering Khyra Ishaq A boy in the care of a couple accused of starving a girl to death was seen trying to eat toy sandwiches in a hospital play area, a jury was told. Angela Gordon and Junaid Abuhamza, both from Handsworth, Birmingham, deny murdering seven-year-old Khyra Ishaq. The boy, aged eight, described as being extremely thin, "begged" for food on a hospital ward on the day Khyra died, Birmingham Crown Court heard. He was in the couple's care at the time they are accused of murdering Khyra. 'Some more' The eight-year-old boy cannot be named for legal reasons. In a statement read to the court by prosecution QC Timothy Raggatt, Det Con Victoria Lee said she met the boy and four other children, who were also in the defendants' care, at Birmingham's City Hospital. The child abuse investigation officer said in her statement: "He was stopping every adult on the ward, begging for food. "He told me he had eaten toast and cereal that morning but he was desperate for some more." The boy started to make sandwiches from plastic children's food in a play area and tried to eat them, the court heard. Ms Lee said: "I had to tell him not to and take it away from him." The court heard that the five children being cared for at the hospital were then given sandwiches and that one of them had "concealed" two of them under her arm. 'Very frail' The five children were initially taken to Birmingham's Thornhill Road police station after Khyra was found dead at her home in Leyton Road, Handsworth. In a statement made by Sgt Russell Tringham which was read to the court, the police officer described seeing the children in a kitchen area of a rest room at Thornhill Road. He said: "They were all extremely thin in the face and the body, and looked very frail. "(One of the boys) kept asking me over and over 'Can we have some more breakfast? Can we have some cereal?'." Mr Abuhamza, 30, of Leyton Road, pleaded guilty at the start of the trial to cruelty charges relating to five children in his care and control. Ms Gordon, 34, also of Leyton Road, denies the charges of child cruelty, which are alleged to have been committed between December 2007 and May 17 2008. The case continues. http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i137/cerkir/_45873224_khrya.jpg Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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