Sometimes "an eye for an eye" seems only right and proper
Appalling failures in the child protection system were exposed yesterday as a couple were jailed for "scalping and kicking like a football" their four-year-old daughter who has cerebral palsy. The case had echoes of the Victoria Climbie tragedy, with a judge expressing "anxieties" about social services.
Samuel Duncan, 26, was sentenced to 10ｽ years and Kimberley Harte, 23, to 11½ years, after "revolting abuse" in which boiling liquid was poured over the child's hands, her hair was ripped out, she was repeatedly kicked in the groin and forced to sleep naked in a locked lavatory.
This came weeks after she was returned from foster care to the couple by Westminster social services last year.
No social workers have been disciplined despite the fact that the family was visited or contacted 20 times, Westminster council confirmed.
Judge Paul Worsley, QC, attacked social services failings, in particular the near-fatal decision to return the girl to her parents against the wishes of her foster carers.
The parents, who showed no remorse, tortured a "loving and affectionate" child....The girl's "agony" ended only when her horrified grandmother discovered what was going on and called the police.
The headline suggested that the bastards got 22 years, I hadn't realised it was shared between them, what with good behaviour etc. they will be out well before the kid is in her teens; unless some cons take it upon themselves to meet out some justice, they would have a blue print to work from...