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The young father in the dock at Bristol Crown Court was accused of the most shameful crime.
‘Cruelty on a person under the age of 16’, it said on the indictment, which gave little indication of the circumstances surrounding his arrest.
All child cruelty cases are, by their very nature, disturbing, but few more so than the events that led to this trial.
The defendant, we heard, was a 29-year-old Somali-born taxi driver who cannot be named for legal reasons; the victim, the jury was told, was his six-year-old daughter.
This was a sick farce.