Man jailed for child cruelty and wounding - High Wycombe

09/07/2015

A man appeared at Aylesbury Crown Court on 08 July 2015, and was jailed for 11 years for wounding and cruelty to a seven-year-old boy in High Wycombe.

Ben Stevens, aged 34, of no fixed abode was sentenced after pleading guilty to the offences of wounding with intent and child cruelty at an earlier hearing.

He was sentenced to nine years imprisonment for wounding with intent and two years imprisonment for cruelty to a child. Both sentences are to be served consecutively making a combined sentence of 11 years imprisonment.  As he was deemed a dangerous offender, his sentence was extended for a further three years, which will be served on licence.

Stevens systematically tortured the seven-year-old boy over a period of five months. Evidence presented to the court included that Stevens had forced the child to drink his own vomit and faeces, and punched him repeatedly in the groin causing skin damage. The child lost his nasal septum after he was repeatedly pulled by it. He also sustained multiple bruises to his arms, face and legs.

On 10 May 2013, the boy sustained a deep burn to his hand after it was held under a hot water tap that was found to be running at 82 degrees centigrade. It took four days for the child to be given adequate medical attention and when he was hospitalised he required morphine to assist with the pain before having plastic surgery for the full thickness burn.

In summing up, Her Honour Judge Kristina Montgomery said: "It was an act of unimaginable cruelty toward a child.  This once happy child was now profoundly disturbed.  The defendant had ruined his childhood and in adulthood he will bear the scars."