A British couple has been sentenced to jail time for physically and verbally assaulting their then-17-year-old daughter because she was dating a black man.
David and Frances Champion, of St Thomas, Swansea, admitted to physically assaulting their daughter, Jane, while screaming “vile” racist insults at her because she was dating Aflonce Ncube, who is black.
Fifty-year-old David Champion was sentenced to 12 months in prison and Frances, 47, was sentenced to nine months in prison.
Jane Champion told authorities the assault started when her parents returned to their St. Thomas, Swansea, home and found her and her boyfriend in a “state of undress.”
The teenager said her parents punched her in the face, grabbed her throat and pulled her hair leaving her with lumps and bruises. They then kicked Ncube in the legs and subjected him to a torrent of abuse over his skin color before pushing him out of their front door.
After Ncube left their home, Jane Champion said her parents continued to beat on her telling her that she had brought “Shame to the family” by dating a black man.
The teenager told the court she took refuge at her grandmother’s home but returned to her parents’ home once the situation had “calmed down,” however, one month later her parents asked her if she was still seeing Ncube and when she said yes, they punched her in the face.
The couple then went to Ncube’s place of work and began shouting vile racist comments at him.
Before sentencing the couple to jail time, Judge Peter Heywood said “We live in a liberal and enlightened society and these sorts of racist behavior 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 to impose a custodial sentence.”
David Champion’s attorney said “it’s not excusable in any way, shape or form but the circumstances in which he found his young daughter meant he reacted in a terrible way.”
He said “lessons have been learned.”
While Frances Champion’s attorney said “she accepts her actions were fuelled by alcohol and that she confronted her daughter in a wholly unacceptable and disgusting way.”
Neither one have offered an apology to Mr. Ncube.