corpunWorld Corporal Punishment Research
www.corpun.com

ruler
www.corpun.com   :  Archive   :  Up to 1975   :  IM Judicial Jun 1969

-- THE ARCHIVE --


ISLE OF MAN
Judicial CP - June 1969



Corpun file 22060

Daily Sketch, London, 7 June 1969

Boys will get 10 lashes of the birch


Click to enlarge

A BRITISH court yesterday ordered two boys to be birched.

The sentences were imposed at Peel on the Isle of Man which retained birching when it was abolished in the rest of Britain in 1947.

The boys will be given the punishment at Peel police station for a breach of a probation order.

They will also be sent to a detention centre for stealing liquor from an off-licence yard.

One of the boys, aged 14, will receive four lashes. The other, aged 15, will get six.

They will be held down on a table by policemen while another policeman applies the three-foot long birch to their bare bottoms.

'Deterrent'

The birch -- twigs banded together -- often draws blood. Offenders are examined before and after the punishment by a doctor.

The Isle of Man retained corporal punishment as a deterrent to hooliganism, mainly among holidaymakers.

Children aged from 8 to 14 are caned. Boys from 14 to 21 can receive up to 20 lashes of the birch. And the island has never abolished the death penalty.

There are normally three or four birchings a year. Yesterday's sentence was the first in 1969.

A Manx MP, Mr. Edward Callister, described birching as "barbaric."

About this website

Search

Article: Birching in the Isle of Man 1945 to 1976

Archive up to 1975: Isle of Man

Video clips

Picture index




blob THE ARCHIVE index

blob About this website

blob Country files

www.corpun.com  Main menu page

Copyright C. Farrell 2010
Page created March 2010