Monday, June 4, 2012

Dad convicted of torturing son, welding him inside a cage (United Kingdom)

Dad is identified as KEVIN CLIFFORD. Notice that no mother was in this home. Just a step.

Trucking torture: Son hung from forklift and welded in a cage by his dad
Judge: “It’s hard to fathom how a father, his own flesh and blood, could do something like this.”

A father who tortured his son as he hung upside down from a forklift truck before welding him in a cage has been jailed for 16 years.

Gary Clifford, 29, was left with multiple fractures, including two broken legs, after his father Kevin, 51, and uncle Patrick Clifford, 44, beat him with a baseball bat, hose and metal pipe.

They suspected he had stolen his stepmother’s jewellery.

The court heard that Kevin Clifford lured his son to a workshop at the back of his home, with the offer of work, to mete out the barbaric punishment.

During the attack his son was welded into the cage and had brake fluid sprayed into his face and was threatened with being set on fire.

John Cope, 47, who had fallen out with Gary, then turned up and smashed his kneecaps when he was taken out of the cage. Gary was later dumped in the street.

At Leicester Crown Court, Judge Ebraham Mooncey described Kevin as an “evil man” and said: “It’s hard to fathom how a father, his own flesh and blood, could do something like this.”

Kevin, of Moira, Leics, and Cope, of Church Gresley, Derbys, were found guilty of wounding and false imprisonment.

Both got 16 years.

Patrick, of Moira, got 12 years after admitting false imprisonment and causing grievous bodily harm.

Gary said of last year’s ordeal: “This incident has changed my life. It was absolutely horrendous and at the time I was wishing I could die. The pain was so unreal."

Det Chief Insp Neil Castle said: “This could easily have been a murder investigation.

"This young man has been through a horrendous ordeal and I hope the verdict goes some way to bringing closure on this chapter of his life.”