Children Abused With Hot Chilli

Two Mormon churchgoers who force-fed six children tablespoons of hot chilli powder were found guilty of child-cruelty offences today.

Maria Keable and Deirdre Carrington punished the four girls and two boys, all aged under 16, by making them eat tablespoons of chilli powder or raw chillies, raw eggs, and stinging them with nettles.

The abuse in Ramsgate, Kent, lasted nine years. The jury at Canterbury Crown Court convicted Carrington, 41, of Chiswick, West London and Keable, 60, of Ramsgate, of six child-cruelty offences and one assault charge between January 1997 and January last year.

The two met at a Mormon temple in London ten years ago. They also attended Mormon churches in Kent at Deal and Canterbury.

Judge Timothy Nash warned the women that they faced a custodial sentence. The next hearing is on June 4.