A twisted fiend who waterboarded a six-year-old girl and forced her to run barefoot on a treadmill for up to four-and-a-half hours so she would sleep at bedtime has been found guilty by a jury.
Garth Gatland, 39 was convicted of two counts of child cruelty at trial and was sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court on Tuesday.
He had denied the charges against two children, a girl aged six and a 15-year-old boy, but he was found guilty by a jury.
The court was told how Gatland had also hit the girl with a wooden spoon, made her stand naked in a window, forced her to stand in stress positions and even tipped her out of her bed while she was sleeping.
There was even evidence of cocaine discovered in the girl’s system, she was also covered in significant bruises and burns on her back, legs, feet and neck.
The boy was subjected to regular assaults and made to dispose of and hide drugs for Gatland.
Gartland was jailed for 12 years.