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Perth grandfather sentence to five years after beating his eight-year-old grandson

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Monster bashes his grandson, 8, WHIPS him with a hose and forces him to drink milk until he vomits as the terrified child is found with horrific injuries

  • The boy told authorities the abuse included  being thrown into bushes
  • He said there were regular beatings and having duct tape placed over his mouth 
  • The man, 45, was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison with no parole

When police found an eight-year-old boy covered head-to-toe in bruises he was shaking and scared, having suffered abuse at the hands of his grandfather, including being whipped with a hose.

Gregory Paul Quartermaine was sentenced on Monday to four-and-a-half years in prison with no chance of parole after he pleaded guilty to engaging in conduct knowing it may harm a child in his care.

Quartermaine, 45, was the main carer for the boy and his younger brother when the abuse happened in August last year, the West Australian District Court heard on Monday.

An eight-year-old boy was horrifically abused by his grandfather in August, 2018 (stock)

An eight-year-old boy was horrifically abused by his grandfather in August, 2018 (stock)

Judge Ronald Birmingham said the vulnerable young boy suffered six broken ribs and had free fluid in his abdomen.

‘You saw it as a way of educating the child through punishment,’ the judge said.

‘The abuse was never directed to his younger brother and indeed that was part of the abuse.’

The boy told authorities the abuse included repeated beatings, being thrown into bushes and having duct tape placed over his mouth to keep him quiet.

He was also ordered to drink milk until he vomited and forced to watch his brother eat fast food while he went hungry.

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‘You failed to protect him by not taking him to hospital or seeking urgent medical attention from the obvious injuries that you had inflicted,’ Judge Birmingham said.

Gregory Paul Quartermaine was sentenced in the West Australian District Court (pictured) to four-and-a-half years in prison with no chance of parole after he pleaded guilty to engaging in conduct knowing it may harm a child in his care

Gregory Paul Quartermaine was sentenced in the West Australian District Court (pictured) to four-and-a-half years in prison with no chance of parole after he pleaded guilty to engaging in conduct knowing it may harm a child in his care

‘This was a young child vulnerable by reason of his age and the absence of stability in his life, support and accommodation. You were in a position of trust and authority.’

In his victim impact statement, the child said he slept with the lights on because he was scared and he also had anger issues.

The court heard Quartermaine had a lengthy criminal record that resulted in him spending years in prison and he had relapsed into methylamphetamine use.

 

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