Parents jailed for forcing autistic son to wear bondage gear

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  1. Stepfather forced boy, 11, to go to bed in straitjacket and shackles 'to help him sleep' | Mail Online

    Jail for mother and stepfather who forced boy, 11, to go to bed in leather blindfold, straitjacket and shackles 'to help him sleep'

    A stepfather shackled an 11-year-old boy to his bed and made him wear a straitjacket in the belief if would help him sleep better, a court has heard.
    The 39-year-old man, with an interest in bondage, bought the straitjacket online but used his own workshop to make ankle straps, chest straps, and a special 'helmet' from leather and buckles to cover the child's eyes.
    The boy also had to wear a surgical collar while in bed to stop him moving his head, Doncaster Crown Court heard.

    The court heard the man wrongly believed his stepson, who had behavioural problems, suffered from autism and thought the restraint technique would benefit him.
    The straitjacket and leather restraints used by the man were shown to the horrified judge who jailed him for three years. The boy's 37-year-old mother was locked up for two years for allowing the abuse to take place.
    The court was told yesterday the defendant was said to have made contact over the internet with other men said to be interested in restraint methods.
    Both defendants pleaded guilty to child cruelty over a 12-month period from 2008 to 2009.

    The boy, who cannot be identified is now with foster parents in Scotland. He has said he does not want to see his mother again.
    Judge Jacqueline Davies told the couple they had an obligation to nurture and care for the boy and had 'betrayed that trust in the most grotesque way'.
    She said: 'What happened to this young man over a period is that he was physically restrained in the most appalling way.
    'It is difficult for any normal human being to understand how you could have done this to any human being.


    'Quite how you could believe this was right is difficult to understand when a doctor told you the child was not autistic.
    'This was an horrific offence. It is unbelievable anyone can believe that restraining anyone in the way you were would be therapeutic and enjoyable.'
    The judge also commented on the stepfather's fetish for bondage gear although there was no suggestion of any sexual abuse of the child.
    A psychiatrist's report on the stepfather recognised his 'preoccupation with devices designed to restrain persons' and said he was a risk to any child in his care.
    The man's barrister Tina Dempster said it might be perverse but his behaviour was born out of a desire to help the boy because he believed his problems were not being addressed by healthcare professionals.
    'There was never any attempt to conceal what was going on.
    'To him it was a natural development because it seemed to be working.
    'There is no sadism in this case and no element of concealment.
    'He had no previous parenting skills and behaved in a way which he now accepts is criminal but in a way he thought it was necessary and beneficial.'
    Megan Rhys, for the mother, said she did not take an active role in the restraint but accepted she failed to do anything about it because she felt unable to challenge her partner.
    'She was not getting home from work until 9pm and allowed him to take a greater share of parental responsibilities.'
    The judge ordered the destruction of the restraint equipment
     
  2. Bring out the Gimp!
     
  3. Children need discipline I say bad drills for not caning and paddling the little Chav bastard.
     
  4. Why didn't they just take it to Portugal eight years ago?
     
  5. A misguided man. Not sure if a jail sentence is right though.
     
  6. Fairly normal for Doncaster really.

    Why on earth the authorities are punishing the poor child though is beyond me.
     
  7. MDN Minor?
     
  8. Command_doh

    Command_doh LE Book Reviewer

    I thought it was quite inventive really.
     
  9. Spoooky or what!

    Mind you,I still would.
     
  10. I wonder where he got it from...it'd stop the bloody walls shaking at my gaff when No1 son is giving his wee man some undivided attention at night!
     
  11. I can help him I have a cellar.
     
  12. OK which arrse callsign is going to be on radio silence for the next 3 years, well 18 months for good behaviour and which fellow arrsers are now expecting a chat with old bill after internet correspondence on restraining technics with the step-dad?
     
  13. Are you totally naive? It wasn't misguided, it was called "a defence" and utter bullshit designed to keep his arse out of jail. Fuck me dead there's some wishy washy fuckers on here lately.
     
  14. I have to say, I'm usually a bit non-plussed about the news etc, but this has me shocked. There are some sick fuckers out there. I feel sorry for the poor fucker that gets the job of trying to defend this mans actions in court, and try to sleep at night.