Man given suspended sentence for making girl (6) watch horror movie in the 90s

Man given suspended sentence for making girl (6) watch horror movie in the 90s

A man who forced a six-year-old girl to watch ‘Night of the Living Dead’ twenty years ago has been convicted of child cruelty.

Peter Bayliss, now 53, made the unnamed child watch the film as punishment for “behaving like a child”.

The court heard that Bayliss had been looking after the girl in the early 90s and had made her watch the film with caused her to suffer nightmares for “sometime afterwards”

Last Friday he was convicted of one charge of child cruelty following a trial at Shrewsbury Crown Court.

Bayliss was handed a six-month suspended sentence, given an 18-month supervision order with the probation service and ordered to complete 160 hours of unpaid work

Sentencing, Recorder Martin Jackson said: “These offences date back 20 years and since then you have suffered a brain haemorrhage, from your psychological report that may have been linked to your alcohol addiction.

“I take into account that you have recently woken up to the need to seek professional help for your drinking.

“This was not sustained abuse but you, quite deliberately, made a child watch a horror film as punishment for behaving like a child.

“And she suffered, not a long-term psychological injury, but from evidence she suffered nightmares for some time afterwards.”

The court was told Bayliss, who now lives in Pembroke, Wales, had an ongoing alcohol problem, which affected his behaviour at the time of the incident.