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A TEACHER at a Blackburn mosque has admitted using beatings and torture positions as a form of discipline on four pupils.
Irfan Patel, 33, pleaded guilty to four counts of cruelty to a person under the age of 16 at Preston Crown Court yesterday.
Using an Urdu translator to enter his plea, the teacher of several years, showed no emotion.
The court heard Patel used physical violence to discipline the boys aged between 10 and 16 between January 1, 2011 and October 19, 2011.
He used to strike the children around the back of the head and on the back with his fists during religious lessons at the mosque.The court also heard Patel, of Pelham Street, Blackburn, wore a ring which he used to inflict more pain.
The assistant teacher also admitted forcing the children to adopt 'awkward' positions, including the chicken position, a well known torture tactic used in war zones.
Other positions included forcing the boys to crouch down while holding their ears and standing for long periods of time touching their toes.
Prosecutor Peter Horgan said: "This has been a particularly difficult case to present before the court.
"It has been difficult to obtain witnesses and gaining parental consent."