London, March 15 (IANS) A man in Britain has been jailed for three years for shackling and forcing his step-son to wear straitjacket so as to have a sound sleep at night.
The 39-year-old man, with an interest in bondage, bought the straitjacket online. But he used his own workshop to make ankle straps, chest straps, and a special ‘helmet’ from leather and buckles to cover the 11-year-old’s eyes, the Daily Mail reports.
Straightjacket is a long-sleeved jacketlike garment used to bind the arms tightly against the body as a means of restraining a violent patient or prisoner.
The boy also had to wear a surgical collar while in bed to stop him moving his head, the Doncaster Crown Court heard.
The court also heard that the man wrongly believed his stepson, who had behavioural problems, suffered from autism and thought the restraint technique would benefit him.
After watching the straitjacket and leather restraints used by the man, the horrified judge jailed him for three years and the boy’s mother for two years for letting the abuse to take place.
Both the defendants pleaded guilty to child cruelty over a 12-month period from 2008 to 2009.
The boy, who cannot be identified under the law, is now with foster parents in Scotland. He has said he does not want to see his mother again.