‘They suffered a decade of systematic abuse and neglect’
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.”