A Swindon baguette bar owner has been jailed for abusing three children.

Timothy Scott is a well-known face in the Rodbourne area of Swindon but his food establishment closed before the start of legal proceedings against him. 

Now the 55-year-old, of Wrenswood, Covingham, has been jailed for five years and six months after being found guilty of three counts of child cruelty having been found guilty at a trial in early December last year. 

The jury was told how Scott had inflicted domineering and abusive behaviour on three children when they were aged between seven and their mid-teens. 

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He returned to Swindon Crown Court for sentencing this year, where Judge Jason Taylor KC jailed him for five years and six months. 

Scott will serve half his sentence behind bars and the rest out on licence but has also been given an indefinite restraining order preventing him from contacting the victims - who are now all adults. 

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He was found to have hit one child with a slipper and also verbally abused and demeaned her.

A second child was punched, kicked and dragged by her hair, as well as verbally demeaned and abused. 

The third was also hit and attacked. 

He denied these incidents, which led to the trial in December where the jury rejected Scott's claims.