Revealed: strait-jacket and shackles in cruelty case

The straitjackets and belts used to shackle the 11-year-old boy
The straitjackets and belts used to shackle the 11-year-old boy
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Prosecutors have released these shocking pictures of the strait-jacket and straps used to shackle a young boy to his bed at night.

The contraptions were among a collection shown to a judge at Doncaster Crown Court before she jailed the boy’s mother and stepfather for child cruelty.

The belts were handmade by the 39-year-old stepfather because he believed restricting the boy’s movement while he was in bed at their Mexborough home would enable him to “get a better night’s sleep”.

Crown Prosecution Service lawyers yesterday authorised the distribution of the photographs - taken at the house by scenes of crime officers - after a request from The Star due to public interest in the disturbing case.

Judge Jacqueline Davies ordered that the equipment be destroyed.

The boy was made to wear the straitjacket - which he called his ‘jail jacket’ - and straps during the night for almost a year when he was aged just 11 and 12.

The stepfather, who was imprisoned for three-and-a-half years, wrongly believed the boy was autistic and needed restraining to ensure he would sleep and not bang his head on the bed.

The mother, aged 37, who did not apply the restraint, admitted child cruelty because she was aware of what was happening. She was jailed for two years.