A father who hung his daughter upside down from a chandelier and subjected his children to a series of cruel punishments for trivial matters, has been jailed for five years.
The 44-year-old man, from Halliwell, Bolton, Greater Manchester, admitted inflicting a catalogue of cruel attacks on his wife, two daughters and son between 1999 and 2011, to punish them for things as trivial as spilling salt.
Bolton Crown Court heard how the man locked his son in a dark outhouse after he saw him playing with a toy car, and dislocated his two-year-old daughter's arm by 'roughly' dumping her in a cot.
Jailing him for five years and three months yesterday at Manchester Crown Court, judge Maureen Roddy, said: 'Conduct in some of the charges, had it been used in war time interrogation, it would have been subject to real criticism - and I remind you that this is treatment of real children in a family home.'
The court heard how the man, who can't be named to protect the identity of his children, even tied up his two daughters and covered their head with a sheet when neither owned up to spilling salt.
When the children's mother tried to intervene, he ripped her nightdress off, leaving her naked in front of her children, before beating her.
On another occasion one of the girls was chastised by being draped upside down from a chandelier by her feet and her bare bottom hit with the cling film. The court heard that cling film became the defendant's weapon of choice.