15-year-old Jake Williams has appeared in public for the first time since the end of April, alleging he is the first UK victim of a so-called ‘honour grounding’ conducted by his vengeful parents Sarah and Simon Williams.
Williams, who lives with his parents on the Woodchurch Estate in Birkenhead, insists he was honour-grounded for three weeks because the couple felt his increasingly westernised lifestyle, and his refusal to go on a date with well-mannered local choir member Emma Pointon, had brought shame on the family.
The teenager, who attends the nearby Roman Catholic Plessington School, believes he was the victim of sustained abuse, which resulted in ‘totally out of order’ restrictions being placed on his smart phone.
In addition, Williams claims the pair force-fed him food he didn’t like by repeatedly drawing attention to famine conditions on the African subcontinent.
Williams is now taking legal action against Data Entry Clerk, Simon, 42, and Teaching Assistant Sarah, 36.
The youngster claims that not being able to hang out down the offy until ten o’clock at night has left him with long-lasting mental scars.
Williams says his parents’ assertion that Pointon is ‘girlfriend material’ is down to “cultural bias” and that his long-term crush on local barmaid, Deb Smith, 21, had broken his parents’ “code of honour”.
Simon and Sarah, meanwhile, admitted their son can be ‘a bit of a twat’, but deny causing him any undue stress, saying they were only acting in his best interests.
Solicitor Vaughan Roberts, acting on behalf of Jake, said, “Jake describes an act of ‘honour grounding’ by his parents, acting together; of being confined to his bedroom and, acting together, the removal of a Dua Lipa poster which the pair together claim was ‘damaging the wallpaper’.”
The case is expected to be heard in 2024.