‘They suf­fered a decade of sys­tem­atic abuse and ne­glect’

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

THE last­ing im­pact of Max­imil­lian’s hor­rific child­hood was laid bare be­fore the court by de­fence so­lic­i­tor Claire Aldridge who read from a news­pa­per ar­ti­cle about his adop­tive par­ents from 2011.

She said: “Drink­ing fea­tures heav­ily in this of­fend­ing. He has a hos­tile per­cep­tion of the world and uses drink to es­cape life. He is a child from the care sys­tem and doesn’t have a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude to­wards to po­lice and au­thor­i­ties.

“Max and his brother had drug addict par­ents. They were adopted by two doc­tors. She was jailed for abuse. It is a story that made na­tional head­lines.

“In the ar­ti­cle it says ‘they suf­fered a decade of sys­tem­atic abuse and ne­glect at the hands of two doc­tors. Some pro­fes­sion­als in the case were swayed by ‘per­cep­tions and as­sump­tions’ about the cou­ple’s so­cial class, pro­fes­sional sta­tus and high aca­demic qual­i­fi­ca­tions. Re­search sci­en­tist Dr Jill New- combe-Bu­ley, 45, punched, slapped and smoth­ered the chil­dren in a reign of ter­ror which started soon af­ter they were placed with her and her hus­band, Dr Nicholas New­combe, 43, at their for­mer home in Prest­bury.

“She also stamped on one child with a stiletto heel and hit one over the head with a dust­bin lid.

“New­combe-Bu­ley was jailed for four years in Oc­to­ber af­ter she ad­mit­ted child cru­elty while her hus­band, who pleaded guilty to ne­glect af­ter he did not re­port his wife, was given a 12-month sus­pended sen­tence.”

Ms Aldridge said the ex­pe­ri­ence went some way to ex­plain­ing Max­imil­lian’s ‘at­ti­tude to­wards au­thor­ity’.

She said: “He re­ported the abuse but noth­ing was done about it. The Se­ri­ous Case Re­view con­cluded that four schools failed to act. It was only when the po­lice were in­volved in their lives that it came to light.”

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