A couple from Swansea have been jailed for punching their daughter while screaming racist insults because they said she had brought shame on their family by having a black boyfriend.
The couple first assaulted their daughter and her boyfriend when they returned home to find daughter Jane in a state of undress with her boyfriend. Then again a month later when they discovered she was still seeing him.
David and Frances Champion repeatedly punched Jane in the face, grabbed her round the throat and pulled her hair leaving her with lumps and bruises. Her boyfriend Aflonce Ncube was kicked in the legs, and abused over his skin colour.
Judge Peter Heywood told the couple: ‘Your behaviour was
disgraceful and you used vile language.
‘We live in a liberal and enlightened society and these sorts of racist behaviour cannot be tolerated. The way you reacted was totally inappropriate.
‘I would be failing in my public duty if I was to do anything other than impose a custodial sentence.’
50-year-old David Champion was jailed for 12 months and his 47-year-old wife for nine months.
Jane, who is studying sports science at college, suffered bleeding from her ear in the second attack at the hands of her mother. She met Mr Ncube at the college and the pair have been dating for two years. He moved from his native Zimbabwe to Southend in Essex when he was eight.
Miss Champion said her parents had apologised for their actions and she had forgiven them.