Sadistic dad whipped kids, poured vinegar into wounds and shaved their heads

A dad has been jailed after subjecting his two children to shocking discipline tactics with extreme physical and mental punishments.

The sadistic dad forced his daughter to write "I am a liar, I'm a stealer" 1,000 times and forced his kids to shave their heads and pour vinegar onto their wounds.

Shane O'Brien, 54, left his children traumatised and "feeling less than an animal."

The pair, who are now adults, told a court the ordeal left them suffering flashbacks.

Shane's partner – the children's stepmother – Denise O'Brien, 49, was spared prison after turning a "blind eye" to the abuse.

Both had previously admitted two counts of child cruelty and were sentenced at Oxford Crown Court yesterday, August 19.

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Prosecutor Alexandra Bull said the crimes involved "physical abuse, sadistic punishment, emotional abuse and neglect".

She told the hearing that the ill treatment took place between July 2014 and December 2016 in the Berkshire and Oxfordshire area.

The two siblings could recall numerous episodes of cruelty carried out by their father, Shane, it was said.

Among those instances they described being forced to hold up placards with the word "liar" written on it, and endured beatings with a whip and a belt.

The daughter was also made to write "I am a liar, I am a stealer" 1,000 times on a piece of paper and was later "whipped" by Shane.

In one episode of violence he repeatedly "bashed" his son's head against a wall after he downloaded games onto a phone while the couple were away.

The court heard that on another occasion the boy had his head shaved and was told "it was a sign he was a liar".

The daughter also had her hair cut while she begged them to stop, an ordeal which she said made her feel "worthless".

The boy was also refused food and not allowed to use the toilet on occasion, having to using a bottle in his room.

In a victim personal statement, he said he felt like he was "less than an animal" during the abuse.

Both children began to self-harm and Shane poured vinegar onto their wounds and said "that will be a lesson not to self-harm again".

A letter was also drawn up, purporting to be from a doctor at the high security Broadmoor Hospital, claiming the child could be sent there.

The couple also forbid the children from having friends and deleted numbers from their phones.

And, on one occasion, the girl's hand was bleeding heavily from a dog bite but they wouldn't go see a doctor in case the dog would be put down.

At police interview following the allegations Shane called his son a "manipulative and a pathological liar" but both later admitted their role in the offences.

Sentencing Judge Nigel Daly said the cruelty involved "gratuitous degradation" as well as "significant force used".

Shane, of Chepstow, Wales, was jailed for 26 months.

Denise, of the same address, was handed an eight-month jail term, suspended for 18 months.

She must also complete 150 hours of unpaid work and 20 rehabilitation days.

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