A WOMAN who burnt children and rubbed chilli into their eyes has had her “unduly lenient” jail term doubled by top judges.
Rahma Sultana, 35, hit a girl on the head with a bottle, drew blood by biting her, stabbed and burned another child and slapped a baby repeatedly for being sick, London’s Criminal Appeal Court heard.
Sultana, of Killingworth Drive, Sunderland, denied harming any of the children but was convicted of three counts of child cruelty at Newcastle Crown Court in June this year and jailed for two and half years.
However, that sentence was attacked as far too soft by Attorney General Jeremy Wright QC, who referred the case for top judges to look at again.
Lord Justice Fulford, sitting with Mr Justice McDuff and Mrs Justice Elizabeth Laing, ruled the sentence too lenient and doubled it to five years.
The court heard that Sultana inflicted cruel punishments on the children for “minor misdemeanours”, including burning with hair straighteners, biting until blood flowed and stabbing with a pen.
Tom Moran, for Sultana, agreed she was treated leniently but insisted that her sentence was long enough,
He added that she was the only strict Muslim woman in her prison, and therefore would have a more difficult time behind bars.
But Lord Justice Fulford ruled that her religion was not enough to save her from serving the sentence she deserved.
Upping her term, he said: “This defendant deliberately assaulted the children.
“This was serious abuse of a position of trust and the older children suffered significant injuries. The youngest child was just an infant.
“She took steps to ensure that the injuries were not discovered.
“She was quite prepared to devise and inflict wholly inappropriate punishments, having uttered threats hours earlier.
“The older children have been psychologically affected by the cruelty they endured.
“We agree that the sentence was unduly lenient. The consequences for the children are likely to be considerable.
“The overall proper sentence should have been five years imprisonment,” the judge concluded.