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Women jailed over years of abuse

A woman has been sentenced to seven years in prison after admitting sexually abusing and beating children over an eight-year period in Plymouth.

Katherine Yule, 51, of Marlborough Close, Grimsby, pleaded guilty to four counts of cruelty to a child and eight counts relating to sexual abuse.   The incidents took place between 1977 and 1985, Plymouth Crown Court heard.   Sentencing Yule, Judge William Taylor told her: "It was serious, sustained abuse which made their lives a misery."

The offences occurred while Yule was living at addresses in Plymouth's Stonehouse and Barne Barton areas.   On one occasion, a five-year-old girl was hospitalised after Yule forced her to take pills, telling the child they were sweets.   Another time, Yule hit a teenage girl with a pair of wooden-handled tongs before attempting to throttle her with a pair of jeans.

Sentencing Yule, Judge William Taylor said: "You took their innocence and their childhood, and it is perfectly plain to me that each of these children has been psychologically damaged to a significant degree."  

Defending, Colin McCarraher said Yule had herself been abused as a child and now wanted help.   He added: "This makes no excuses for her behaviour, but the recycle of the abuse of children is sadly what has happened here."

Source: BBC News

 
 

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