“A woman who punished three children in her care by ramming sticks down their throats and making them eat their own vomit has been jailed for 14 years. Eunice Spry, 62, from Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire, was convicted at Bristol Crown Court last month, of 26 charges of abuse spanning 19 years. The prosecution said Spry's behaviour was "horrifying" and "sadistic". Spry had denied all the charges, which related to offences in Gloucestershire between 1986 and 2005. Spry, who was the legal parent of the three children, was arrested when police raided her home in February 2005.
She was found guilty of a range of charges from unlawful wounding, cruelty to a person under 16, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, perverting the course of justice and witness intimidation. Judge Simon Darwall-Smith told Spry that this was the worst case he had come across in 40 years in law. He told her: "Frankly, it's difficult for anyone to understand how any human being could have even contemplated what you did, let alone with the regularity and premeditation you employed."