Abusive dad’s appeal rejected

PUBLISHED: 15:47 15 May 2008 | UPDATED: 14:48 25 August 2010

A DAD-OF-TWO who cruelly gouged the letter M into his mentally disabled son s scalp failed to overturn his convictions on appeal last Thursday.

A DAD-OF-TWO who cruelly gouged the letter 'M' into his mentally disabled son's scalp failed to overturn his convictions on appeal last Thursday.

Osita Michael Onwugbufor, 48, of Church Manor Way, Abbey Wood, also hit another of his children with a belt, and hit and kicked a third child.

He was convicted of cruelty to a child and two counts of common assault at Woolwich Crown Court in January last year and sentenced to a total of four years in prison.

The injury to his son's head was only discovered when the children's mother took them to have their hair cut. The 13-year-old boy, identified in court only as 'M', suffers from Down's Syndrome and is unable to speak. He and his brother, 'E', aged 12, lived with Nigerian-born Onwugbufor after he split from their mother in 1997.

Their stepbrother 'C', aged 14, also lived at the address.

Onwugbufor wrote to Mr Justice Treacy and Sir Peter Cresswell, sitting at London's Criminal Appeal Court, urging them to give him leave to appeal against his convictions.

He made several complaints about the charges he faced at trial, but Mr Justice Treacy said his arguments were 'largely repetitive' and 'entirely without merit'.

"There was no injustice," the judge said, dismissing the application. The complaints have no substance in them, and these grounds of appeal cannot be sustained.

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