Britains most sadistic mother drove our sister to take her own life – Mirror Online

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The siblings of tragic Victoria Spry say the abuse she was subjected to by their evil foster mother was what led to her untimely death at the age of 35.

Last month, Victoria was found dead in her ground floor flat that she shares with her boyfriend. It’s believed she took her own life.

And now her siblings, who also lived with and were subjected to abuse by Eunice Spry, say that the woman responsible for making their lives a living hell is also to blame for Victoria’s passing.

“Being in Eunice’s care killed Victoria — I don’t think anyone could argue with that,” Christopher, now 30, told the Daily Mail. “Eunice was very good at stripping away any self-belief and confidence you might have in yourself.

“I think most people think we were plucked out of that and all lived happily ever after but it doesn’t work like that. The damage is very real.”

Sadistic mother Eunice Spry
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That is a sentiment echoed by his sister. Alloma, now 32.

She said: “Victoria tried very hard to do what she could for the sake of other children. But I honestly don’t think she knew what a normal life was.”

“She tried so hard to fight her way out of it but she succumbed. It is very sad.”

Victoria Spry was subjected to sickening physical and mental torture by evil Eunice Spry, who forced her and two other children in her care to eat their own excrement and vomit.

Victoria and her siblings were battered and attacked with hot pokers, machetes and cricket bats and had their heads held under water.

Eunice rammed sticks down the children’s throats, rubbed their faces with sandpaper and locked them naked in rooms for weeks at a time.

Victoria eventually managed to escape and raise the alarm and Spry was jailed for 14 years, reduced to 12 on appeal – and released in 2014.

Eunice Spry subjected her foster children to shocking abuse
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Despite her horrendous ordeal brave Victoria later worked with social workers to help them spot the signs of abuse.

Victoria – who wrote a book about her experiences called ‘Tortured’ – has now passed away aged 35.

Her death is not being treated as suspicious and an inquest is expected to open later this week.

Victoria’s foster brother, Christopher, said she wanted to be remembered for her mission to help children.

Paying tribute to Victoria, he said: “The work she was doing with the Gloucestershire Safeguarding Board and social services was because she wanted ours to be the last ‘horror case’ for Gloucestershire.

“I think her legacy will be the work she was doing to help the next wave of social workers to spot cases like ours earlier on.”

Victoria, Spry’s oldest victim, had sticks forced down her throat and was tied up naked and blindfolded.

Archive photo of the conditions which police found in the home of Eunice Spry
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She endured 17 years of torture before she escaped and went to police and Spry was brought to justice.

But in spite of her nightmare upbringing brave Victoria went on to work as a consultant with social services in Gloucestershire.

Speaking in 2015, she said she wanted to draw on her own experience and to do further child protection studies.

Victoria said: “My past helped me enormously.

“It is really nice to be going to the same office where I was let down as a little one, now as a young woman helping other children.”

She added: “I was offered the opportunity to write the book nine years ago when Eunice was found guilty but I turned that away because it was the worst time possible.

The home of Eunice Spry
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“I wanted to concentrate on surgery and educating myself.

“As I started to get older, my brother and sister had written about it and they got a lot of understanding from people about it.

“It was really quite a liberating experience doing the book but there are lots of other reasons.”

She only escaped when she was allowed to accompany her younger brother to Jehovah’s Witness meetings in Tewkesbury, aged 17.

She broke down and told everything to a young couple in the group who smuggled her out the house just before Christmas 2004.

It took three weeks to build up the courage to tell the police.

Victoria’s siblings say she was driven to her death by the lasting impacts of the abuse
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Jehovah’s Witness Eunice Spry, now 76, of Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire, was convicted of 26 charges of child abuse against children in her foster care in April 2007.

She was sentenced to 14 years’ imprisonment and ordered to pay £80,000 costs.

In sentencing, the judge told Spry that it was the “worst case in his 40 years practising law”.

She was arrested when police raided her home in Tewkesbury in February 2005.

Following Spry’s conviction, Gloucestershire County Council apologised for the “shortcomings” in its care system.

Vital information which could have alerted social workers to the abuse was not shared by the various bodies involved.

Her oldest foster son, Christopher Spry, nicknamed ‘Child C’, published a book of the same name about his childhood living with her.

Foster daughter, Alloma Gilbert, published Deliver Me From Evil.

Victoria Spry published Tortured in April 2015.

 

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