Sicko mum forced her starving child to eat DOG FOOD during decade of horrific abuse
A VILE mum forced her starving child to eat hamster food and dog biscuits during a decade of violence and emotional abuse.
JAILED: Christine Copley was convicted of six counts of child cruelty.
Andrew Copley, 38, was subjected to a campaign of “beatings and torture” from mum Christine, 66, who was yesterday jailed for three years.
He suffered the horrific abuse from the ages of five to 14, Exeter Crown Court heard.
Judge Erik Salomonsen said: “You made your son’s life a complete misery.”
The jury heard his mother was “a matriarch” who was “aggressive and a bully.”
Andrew, who now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, told the court: “The beatings and torture, verbal and emotional abuse, were a terrible way to live.
CONTROLLING: Copley was described as a ‘powerful personality’
“I have more of a relationship with death rather than life.” He claimed his mother wished him dead because she wanted a daughter.
Andrew said she suffocated him, banged his head on the floor, smashed a wine bottle over him and forced him to stand naked outside the house – as well as feeding him animal food.
Andrew lived with his parents and three brothers in a filthy three-bedroom house in Exeter, Devon.
The court heard it was “in a disgusting state” with dogs “roaming free” downstairs in their mess. Prosecutor Lee Bremridge said: “Andrew was the saddest little boy I have seen.” He added there was “very little food” for the starving boys and no hot water to bathe in.
However, their mother would eat “crisps and chocolate she kept for herself.” Andrew was forced to eat “nuts from the hamster food and dog biscuits because he was so hungry.”
In another shocking incident, she “grabbed him by his genitals and squeezed tight pulling him to the floor.” Andrew said he was also whipped with a dog lead after being stripped naked and told to sit on a chair.
Copley prevented her son from going to school so teachers and students would not notice his bruises. The judge said his mother even intimidated their family GP and acted as a “powerful and controlling personality.”
Social Services were contacted but Mr Bremridge said they gave “the impression they were not really interested.”
Andrew finally went to the police in 2013 to confess being “regularly bullied, ill treated and assaulted by his mum”, Mr Bremridge said.
Copley sat muttering in a mobility scooter at the back of the court during the trial. She denied the allegations in police interviews and claimed she only punched him once during an argument.
Copley denied seven charges of cruelty to a person under 16 between July 1983 and July 1993 and was convicted of six.
Afterwards Andrew said: “i just wanted justice.”