Judge set to sentence couple who beat and neglected children

Judge set to sentence couple who beat and neglected children

A judge has adjourned until Friday the sentencing of a man and woman who beat and neglected her children while they were toddlers and teenagers.

The abuse took place between 2006 and 2011 at various addresses in the west of Ireland.

The mother was convicted of neglect and cruelty to seven of her children following a trial in January.

The father of two of her children pleaded guilty to five counts of neglect the month before.

Both appeared in court on bail today for a lengthy sentence hearing which heard Victim Impact Statements on behalf of some of the children.

Her eldest daughter read her own statement out and described how her blood boils every time she sees her.

A consultant psychologist found her sister was an “engaging, talented and warm” person who faced a difficult journey to overcome her fear of abandonment.

One of the boys said he used to self harm and was always scared around his mother.

Another described being afraid in public places – even toy stores.

The maximum penalty for each offence is seven years in prison, and both parents will find out on Friday what sentences they face.


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