It’s every girl’s dream. You meet a boy you like and you finally get the chance to invite him back home. But for Jane Champion her dream soon turned into a nightmare after her boyfriend was kicked out of her Swansea home by her mum and dad because he was black.
David and Frances Champion were yesterday jailed for attacking their daughter as they thought she had brought shame onto the family by dating a black man. When they walked in on their 17-year-old daughter in a state of undress with boyfriend Alfonce Ncube in January, they repeatedly punched Jane in the face and shouted racist abuse while kicking her boyfriend out of their house.
After that incident Jane left the family home to stay with her grandmother but shortly returned to her parents once things had calmed down. On her return she was asked by her parents if she was still dating Alfonce, to which she replied yes and her dad again punched her in the face.
Jane said she felt a huge pain to her left eye but that didn’t stop her father, who then grabbed her by the throat and continued hitting her. His wife also joined in the attack, causing swelling on her face and lumps on her head while yelling abuse at Jane saying: ‘You deserve it. It is all your fault.’
After abusing their daughter, they then went on a search for her Zimbabwean born boyfriend, who works at a restaurant, but were removed from the premises.
Judge Peter Heywood told the couple:
We live in a liberal and enlightened society and these sorts of racist behaviour cannot be tolerated. The way you reacted was totally inappropriate. I would be failing in my public duty if I was to do anything other than impose a custodial sentence.
David Champion was sentenced to 12 months in prison and his wife Frances to nine months. Both admitted assaulting their daughter. Jane has since forgiven her parents after they apologised to her and she told the Daily Mail:
I have seen my parents a few times since they were arrested and they are very sorry for what they did. I don’t know why they did it. Alfie and I love each other very much.