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Adoptive Parents Convicted of Child Cruelty after a Decade of Abuse

22/10/2010

Cheshire parents convicted of abusing adopted children

Married parents Nicholas Newcombe and Jill Newcombe-Buley have been convicted of child cruelty at Liverpool Crown Court.

The pair subjected their three adopted children to ten years of physical and verbal cruelty at the family home in Presbury, Cheshire.

Dentist Mrs Newcombe-Buley, 45, repeatedly attacked the children smothering them with a pillow if they didn't go off to sleep and holding their heads under the water after forcing them into an ice cold bath.

Her husband, Dr Nicholas Newcombe, also 45, the associate director of a pharmaceutical company, turned a blind eye as she resorted to increasingly extreme measures to instil discipline.

She once smashed one of them over the head with a bin and on other occasions stamped on them with stiletto shoes.

In addition to the physical attacks, she subjected them to terrible verbal abuse.  The children's suffering only ended when the eldest of them found the courage to contact police.

When questioned about the attacks, she suggested that her upbringing as the only child of 'pushy parents' had left her unable to cope with the children.

Newcombe-Buley was jailed for four years after pleading guilty at Liverpool Crown Court to 18 counts of assault and child neglect. Her husband also admitted child neglect but was able to return to the couple's home after being given a 12-month sentence suspended for two years.

Judge Stephen Clarke described the case as 'one of the most heart-rending' he had heard.

Kate Hurst, Senior Crown Prosecutor, Cheshire CPS, said: "This is a tragic case where three young children have been subjected to a catalogue of physical and verbal abuse over many years.

"We made sure that they we given our fullest care and support and they have shown incredible courage and bravery during the case."

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For more information contact Sharon King, Group Communications Manager, CPS Mersey-Cheshire, on 0151 239 6465.