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Couple jailed over bunker boy

A mother and stepfather who forced their 11-year-old son to live in a filthy converted coal bunker have each been jailed for two years.

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Bunker boy likely to have 'profound' psychological harm

The judge said that the experience of being locked in a windowless room in "appalling conditions" had taken a physical and psychological toll on the child victim.

Doctors who examined the boy said he was underweight and below average height for his age, and treated him for anaemia.

But Judge Norman Wright said that while the physical effects have been remedied, the psychological harm "will be unknown".

"It is bound, in my judgment, to be profound," he said.

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