Note:One in Four's content is accessible to all versions of every browser. However, this browser may not support basic Web standards, preventing the display of our site's design details. We support the mission of the Web Standards Project in the campaign encouraging users to upgrade their browsers.


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


Contact information

Run for and by people who have experienced sexual abuse.