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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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Judge slams abusive couple for 'flagrant abuse of power'

The judge who jailed a couple to two years for forcing a child to sleep in a converted coal bunker has described their crime as "a flagrant abuse of power and a gross breach of trust". Judge Norman Wright told the pair, who cannot be named for legal reasons:

The room has been described as a cell but it seems to me it was akin to a prison cell from a third world country, not the home of an 11- or 12-year-old living in this century in this country.

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