A 'sadistic' Burnley dad who beat his terrified 10-year-old daughter 'up to 40 times' with a ladle for not reading the Holy Book is facing jail.

The 46-year-old told the girl to bend over before ordering her brother to hit her 120 times with the utensil, Burnley magistrates were told.

He then took the spoon off the boy and repeatedly struck the 10-year-old victim as she sobbed and gasped for breath, the court heard.

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