A warped baseball coach tortured at least 15 of his players and filmed them screaming in agony as he inflicted punishments known as “crushers” and “wristers” over a 30 year period.
Vile Stuart Mould, known as Gus, would twist the boys’ wrists or toes outwards – once breaking a 12-year-old's foot – in gruesome penalties for perceived cheeky behaviour.
The cruel coach loved giving his victims what he dubbed “wristers” and “toers” as well as other stomach-churning injuries known as “bee stings”.
They involved using elastic bands to whip the soles of the boys' feet up to 60 times in a single go, causing them to scream out in pain and leaving them scarred. He would wrap thick bands around their feet and pull and release them repeatedly.
Another signature move was branded the"crusher" and would see ruthless Mould take a boy's foot in his lap and fold in inwards in a crushing motion. He also whacked their hands with wooden spoons.
The sicko, who worked at Pittwater Baseball Club in New South Wales, filmed himself hurting boys in clips which the court found hard to watch.
He would goad his victims and make jokes as they cried hysterically and screamed in pain. Mould ordered them "keep your mouth open" and told them he wanted to "hear" their pain.
His catalogue of assault charges represented hundreds of incidents from 1987 to 2017 involving 15 known victims aged between nine and 20.
Judge Garry Neilson said that, in his 16 years of work, "this is the most bizarre case that has come before me".
He added: "I find it very difficult to accept that any adult human being could sit there and joke as a 15-year-old boy was writhing in agony and crying hysterically. Such behaviour is totally repugnant and might be described as inhuman.”
However he noted that Mould was not paedophile and his motive was not sexual.
Five men submitted victim statements to the court about the abuse they suffered as teens.
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One victim wrote: "Gus would tell me these punishments would make me a better baseball player and be mentally and physically tougher for my life ahead. He told me I would be able to handle difficult situations better than other people and his physical abuse would make me a better person."
Another one, since diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, wrote that he was "stalked" by Mould, who would stop him on his way home for a "torture session".
He said: "I can’t get memories of Gus out of my head. I often feel unsafe and that Gus is still going to come and get me.”
In a letter to the court, Mould wrote that he was now "appalled" with his actions, saying, "I want to say sorry but cannot. It is difficult for me to find the words to express my shame and regret for the damage I know I have done."
Mould pleaded guilty after his arrest in 2019 to 30 counts of common assault, one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, 11 charges of producing child abuse material and one charge of possessing child abuse material.
He was jailed for seven years at New South Wales district court in Australia.
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