UK first as mum jailed for 'barbaric' female genital mutilation of daughter (3)
A mother has been jailed for 13 years after becoming the first person to be convicted of "barbaric" female genital mutilation (FGM).
The 37-year-old Ugandan woman was found guilty of cutting her three-year-old daughter despite deploying witchcraft to "shut up" her accusers.
Her former partner, a 43-year-old Ghanaian, was cleared of involvement in the offence in August 2017.
Yesterday the mother, from Walthamstow, east London, appeared to be sentenced.
Prosecutor Caroline Carberry QC told the court the young victim had recovered well but she was likely to have reduced sexual sensation in the future and long-term psychological damage.
Mrs Justice Whipple jailed the woman for 11 years for FGM plus two further years for indecent images and extreme pornography.
She said: "FGM has long been against the law and let's be clear FGM is a form of child abuse.
"It's a barbaric practice and a serious crime. It's an offence which targets women, particularly inflicted when they are young and vulnerable."
The judge said it was not known why the woman inflicted FGM on her child, contrary to her culture, although witchcraft was a possibility.
On the psychological effect on the victim, she the told defendant: "This is a significant and life long burden for her to carry.
"You betrayed her trust in you as her protector."
"It has caused shockwaves in communities which practise FGM and we hope that this prison term will act as a deterrent, while encouraging other survivors to come forward to seek support.
John Cameron, head of the NSPCC's Childline, said: "This landmark case sends a very clear message that FGM will not be tolerated in this country under any circumstances."
Lynette Woodrow, of the CPS, said: "People have rightly noted that this is the first conviction for FGM in the UK. FGM is an extremely serious form of child abuse and this sentence underlines that fact."