A GALWAY WOMAN has been sentenced to 24 years in prison, with the final 16 suspended, for the cruel and neglectful treatment of eight of her children.
The 47-year-old, who cannot be named in order to protect her children’s identities, pleaded guilty at Galway Circuit Criminal Court to eight sample charges concerning the ill-treatment and neglect of two sons and six daughters between 2002 to 2009, RTÉ reports.
Judge Raymond Groarke described what had occurred as a “human tragedy” and a “monstrosity”, TV3 reports. The court heard how the children had been beaten with hammers, frying pans, whips, sticks and vice grips.
Detective Garda Kieran McNamara told the court that the children were beaten, deprived of food and education and sent out to beg so that their mother could buy alcohol and cigarettes, according to Newstalk.ie.