persistent cruelty

persistent cruelty

n
(Law) law Brit conduct causing fear of danger to the life or health of a spouse (used in matrimonial proceedings before magistrates)
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05"I THINK when men join the army they ought to go soldiering and not come back home and abuse their wives..." said a Birkdale woman who summoned her husband to a court in Southport on the grounds of persistent cruelty. He had joined the army four times since the outbreak of war, lasting just a short time on each occasion.
Yet he refused to abandon this exercise in persistent cruelty.
Trial judge Mr Justice Moses told Huntley he had shown "persistent cruelty" and "merciless cynicism" towards the girls and their families.
Khyra Ishaq, seven, died after being "starved, beaten and treated with persistent cruelty" by her mother and her boyfriend.
Yesterday, at Smethwick, Arthur Adam Haden, silversmith, of Windmill Lane, was summoned by his wife, Clara Lousia Haden, for persistent cruelty, and she applied for a judicial separation and maintenance order.
That was alie which serves to underline the persistent cruelty of your actions.
He slammed Huntley's "persistent cruelty and merciless cynicism" to the girls' families, adding: "Your tears have never been for them, only for yourself."
Jailing the mother, Judge Marten Coates told her: "The picture presented to me is one of a family life each day of which was a fearful experience for each of your children, characterised by persistent violence and persistent cruelty."
Judge Lewis added: "That boy had quite enough problems as it was without what turned out to be persistent cruelty at your hands."
Khyra Ishaq, aged seven, died after being starved, beaten and treated with persistent cruelty by her mother and her mother's boyfriend.
Yesterday, at Smethwick, Mr Lyon Clark renewed his application in the case in which Charles Weaver (24) of Woodlands Street, Smethwick, was charged with persistent cruelty to his wife, Elizabeth Weaver, for the magistrates to hold an occasional court at the residence of the complainant to take her evidence, on the ground that it would be dangerous for the woman to attend court.
Trial judge Mr Justice Moses told Huntley he had shown 'persistent cruelty' and 'merciless cynicism' towards the girls and their families.

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