A schoolboy was made to strip and lie on a table before being caned from the neck down, a trial of two ex teachers accused of historical abuse heard. David Burns, 87, the former headmaster of St Gilbert's in Hartlebury, Worcestershire, faces 21 counts, including two serious sexual offences. Ex-master Vincent Rochford, also 87, faces two charges: child cruelty and assault causing actual bodily harm. The allegations relate to excessive beatings of boys who had misbehaved, involving 16 complainants now in their 60s, and date from to , Birmingham Crown Court heard.
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A memorandum of understanding signed by Aceh Gov. Irwandi Yusuf and Yuspahruddin, head of the provincial Law and Human Rights office, stipulates that caning can only take place inside prisons or other places of detention. The numbers of people will be much smaller than the hundreds who regularly cheered the outdoor proceedings.
But Singapore sees foreign lobbying to end corporal punishment as a threat to sovereignty. Judicial corporal punishment has been a long-time fixture in the south-east Asian city state. It was first introduced by British colonialists in the 19th century, but has been retained and even expanded by the post-independence government.