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Boy 'put in straitjacket' for leaving his dinner.

A MAN tied up his 10-year-old stepson in a DIY straitjacket for up to three days to punish him, a court heard yesterday.

The crime: Not eating his dinner.

He got just 10 minutes to eat it and had to do 100 press-ups for every minute he was over.

The 52-year-old man also put pieces of paper on the boy's body when he was tied up. If they moved he was punished again, it was alleged.

The terrified stepson was allegedly beaten with a belt, a metal ruler, a dog collar and a cane.

The stepfather, who cannot be named, kept up the abuse for four-and-a- half years, Swansea Crown Court was told.

The boy's mother, aged 30, also joined in, it was alleged. Finally the child - now in care - was taken to hospital. He told a nurse what had happened.

Prosecutor Gerald Price said: "A shirt was put on to him back to front and the arms tied behind his back with cords."

His feet were also tied up sometimes and a pillow put over his head.

The stepfather and mother, of Pembrokeshire, deny cruelty, assault, and false imprisonment.

The case goes on.
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Author:Young, Sydney
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 16, 1998
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