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'Cruel' foster mother jailed for 14 years.

Foster mother Eunice Spry was jailed for 14 years yesterday for subjecting three children in her care to a "horrifying catalogue of cruel and sadistic treatment".

Judge Simon Darwall-Smith told Spry this was the worst case he had come across in 40 years in law.

"Frankly, it's difficult for anyone to understand how any human being could have even contemplated what you did, let alone with the regularity and premeditation you employed."

He also ordered her to pay costs of pounds 80,000 - which he said would inevitably mean she would have to sell at least one of her two properties in Gloucestershire - and banned her from working with children for life.

During the four-week trial the jury at Bristol Crown Court heard harrowing evidence of how Spry subjected the children to a regime of abuse.

The three victims all gave evidence describing how their daily routines were punctuated by random acts of bizarre and sadistic violence at the hands of their foster mother.

Victim A told the court how she was confined to a wheelchair by Spry for over three years, after being injured in a car crash in 2000. Spry had tried to stop her from trying to walk again, in a cynical bid to maximise the compensation she could get from insurers.

Victim B, also 21, told how her foster mother would pull her hair and shove her face in her pet dog's faeces as punishment.

Victim C, now 18, said she held his hand down on a hot electric hob until it was left looking like a "gooey mess".


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Date:Apr 20, 2007
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