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Girl 'doesn't hate abusive parents'

A teenage girl beaten by her parents for having a black boyfriend has not given up hope of a reconciliation.

Student Jane Champion, was assaulted on two separate occasions by mother Frances Lee, 47, and father David, 50, after they learnt of her relationship with Zimbabwe-born Alfonce Ncube.

And as well as Mr Ncube being attacked by his girlfriend's father, he was also racially abused by both her parents.

Last week, Champion and his wife were both jailed and branded "disgraceful" by a judge.

But despite the actions of her parents, 18-year-old Jane said she does not hate them and hopes one day they can accept her and Mr Ncube's love for one another.

She said: "Alfonce and I do love each other. How much? I'd say 10 out of 10. I've met his parents and they are not worried about the colour of my skin. They (my parents) have not said sorry to me yet. But I keep hope that they will do. Of course, I would forgive them and I hope we will be able to carry on."

Earlier this month, Swansea Crown Court heard Champion and his wife both had disapproved of their daughter's relationship because of Mr Ncube's race.

A judge learned of how Jane's father had shouted racist abuse at Mr Ncube, before grabbing him and kicking him on the back of his legs after finding him and his daughter alone together in his house in St Thomas, Swansea.

He then physically removed Mr Ncube from the house before grabbing his daughter by her hair and starting to hit her. Following the incident, Jane went to stay with her grandmother but eventually returned once things had calmed down.

Mr Ncube, 21, who appeared alongside Jane on This Morning, said: "They know we love each other and are living together. Jane should be able to visit them. I think that they are kind of adapting to it."

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