Elderly parents locked children in basement for 20 years and sexually abused them

Valerie and Roy Stannard
Valerie and Roy Stannard
By: Emily Lewis  WorldWideWeirdNews.com

An elderly couple was put behind bars after being accused of locking their children in a basement for many years, according to police in the United Kingdom.

Now, the couple has been convicted of 18 counts of child abuse and were sentenced to serve a total of 21 years in prison between the two of them.

Roy Stannard, 74, and his wife Valerie, 73, denied abusing their children when they were living in Stoke Newington. They were both found guilty of child cruelty after a trial at the Snaresbrook Crown Court, relating to five victims.

Roy Stannard was also found guilty of multiple indecent assaults against a girl, groping her and asking her to do sexual acts to him.

Roy Stannard also punched one of the children and beat him regularly. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison. Valerie Stannard held a child's hands over a gas flame, put a lit newspaper down his trousers, and soap down his throat.

She tied another to a chair and locked him in a cupboard. She was sentenced to prison for nine years.

London CPS Amee Patel said: "Valerie and Roy Stannard inflicted years of psychological and physical abuse on their victims.

"They both denied these allegations, but witness testimony from their victims, led to these convictions. Their actions have led to immeasurable ongoing harm to these individuals who suffered at their hands.”

Roy Stannard was found guilty of three counts of cruelty to a person under 16, four counts of indecent assault and two counts of indecency with a child.

Valerie Stannard was found guilty of nine counts of cruelty to a person under 16.

The court heard how the parents kept their children locked in a basement for many years. They even locked their toddler in a cupboard with their dogs because he cried.

Valerie beat the children if they drank more milk that they were supposed to. Roy stripped one of the children naked on numerous occasions for his sexual pleasure.