Woman jailed for rubbing chilli into girl’s eyes and privates

JAILED ... Rahma Sultana.
JAILED ... Rahma Sultana.

A WOMAN who rubbed chilli into a schoolgirl’s eyes and private parts has been put behind bars.

Rahma Sultana carried out a campaign of sickening violence on two victims, who have been left scarred for life.

Newcastle Crown Court heard one girl was burned with hair straighteners, bitten on the hands, hit over the head with a glass bottle, had chilli powder rubbed in her eyes and fresh chilli rubbed into her private parts.

A second, younger girl was stabbed with a pen, bitten, burned with straighteners and punched.

Judge Simon Hickey said the brutal behaviour was “inexcusable” as he sentenced Sultana to two and a half years behind bars for child cruelty.

Sultana, 35, of Killingworth Drive, Sunderland, had denied child cruelty but was found guilty after a trial.

Her denials meant the scared victims had to relive their ordeal from the witness box and be branded liars.

The judge added: “Those children were called, effectively, liars and that they had fabricated their accounts when quite the reverse was true, it was you who was the liar.

“In my judgment you are a manipulative, devious woman. You never owned up to what you should have done, and you put those children through the second ordeal of giving evidence.”

The court heard both girls have been left with permanent scars on their bodies.

One medic said in a statement: “Unfortunately, the scars are permanent and a reminder of this ill treatment.”

Sultana was arrested when the older victim told a member of staff at her school what had been going on.

Prosecutor Katherine Dunn told the court the victim spoke about incidents of physical abuse and the fact she had chillies rubbed into her eyes.

Miss Dunn said there were incidents when the victim was slapped, had a fresh chilli held against her private parts and had her hands bitten and hair pulled.

Both girls bravely detailed their ordeals to police.

The second youngster told how during the assaults she would be stabbed with a pen.

Miss Dunn said the girl revealed Sultana would break the skin and move the pen around, leaving numerous scars across her shoulder blades.

When Sultana was confronted by officials over what she had done she “wailed and prayed”.

Tom Moran, defending, said Sultana had hoped to become a doctor.

References to the court from members of her local community, including the Sunderland Bangladeshi Centre manager, spoke of her being highly thought of and “polite and courteous”.

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