March 2011

Child cruelty couple jailed

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A couple who admitted child cruelty have each been sentenced to 26 weeks in prison.

Robert Butler, 44, of College Piece, Mortimer, and Lesley Butler, 42, of Anson Crescent, Whitley Wood, both admitted one count of cruelty to a child under 16 between August 2007 and July 2009.

A jury at Reading Crown Court had heard in February that the couple had locked a child in a darkened room in bloodstained pyjamas and with dirty bedding.

They appeared before Judge Richard Parkes for sentencing at Oxford Crown Court on Monday.