2-year suspended prison sentence after tying up and smothering son with chocolate
Wednesday, 18 February 2015
The criminal court in Marche sentenced a 52-year-old woman from Liege to 2 years in prison with probation for the crimes of inhumane treatment and assault and battery on her son, aged 14 at the time. Judicial authorities were informed of the case in May 2012, after an instance of abuse. To punish her son who had stolen money from her to buy gel and chocolate, the suspect tied him up and then smeared both chocolate and gel all over him.
“I snapped. I told him to lie down, and then I tied up his feet and his hands so he would not be able to struggle. I wanted to put him off chocolate and gel for life. I smeared them all over him except in his eyes,” she explained at the hearing on January 21st.
Following the incident the teenager suffered from a sore throat – his mother had forced gel in his mouth with a spoon – and went to see a doctor who noticed numerous laceration marks on his body and subsequently called the police.
The accused admitted these marks came from blows with a riding crop. The Liege woman was also accused of attempting murder after strangling the teenager with a dog collar. But Francine Bleret, president of the criminal court, eventually decided that particular accusation had not been proven as described, and changed the charge to assault and battery.