Three brothers subjected to years of beatings at the hands of their evil mother have spoken out to reveal the extent of her abuse.
Anne Brown, 63, regularly beat Michael Keane, 30, and his brothers Connor, 22, and Blair, 20, all over their bodies with a belt she kept in her handbag.
Brown also held their 'heads under water' and 'pushed pillows onto their faces' to restrict their breathing.
Michael - the eldest of the boys - only found the courage to share his horrific upbringing when he met his wife Jennifer, 30, in 2010.
Abuse victim Michael Keane, 30, from Cumbernauld, Scotland has spoken out about his mother's crimes
Michael with his mother Anne Brown, in Cumbernauld, on his first day of school when he was five
After confiding in her, Michael - and Blair - finally reported their mother to the police.
Brown was found guilty of assault against each of her sons between May 1994 and October 2010.
She was sentenced to five years in jail at Airdrie Sheriff Court, Lanarkshire, earlier this year.
Dad-of-three Michael has vowed to give them the loving upbringing he said he was denied, knowing Brown is behind bars.
Michael from Cumbernauld, Lanarkshire, said: 'There is no other way to describe my mother than pure evil.
'She raised us to live in fear and on every day that we were in her care, pain and terror was inflicted upon us.
Michael with his mother Anne Brown when he was ten. He only found the courage to share his horrific upbringing when he met his wife Jennifer in 2010
'It's drastically impacted how I've raised my own children, and will be something that lives with me forever.'
From the age of four, Michael was subjected to extreme child abuse from his mother, who was 'big on physical punishment'.
Mum-of-three Brown would carry a leather belt in her handbag, alongside her lipstick and house keys, so that wherever they went she could punish her sons, they claimed.
'We were petrified all of the time,' Michael said.
'She could snap at the smallest of things which meant we were constantly on edge.
'I was so scared of doing something wrong that my nerves caused me to knock over a glass of water while we were out for dinner at a restaurant once.
'That was enough for her to drag me out of sight of the other customers, and belt me viciously across the back.
'She would always use the metal buckle end to administer her beatings, but the abuse would increase even more when we were at home and away from prying eyes.
'She'd use the belt buckle on the backs of my knees, or worse, my genitals and buttocks, if I 'stepped out of line' while at home.
'It could be for the smallest of things, mostly because she 'didn't like my tone'.
'It made it impossible to know when she was going to flip - we were constantly on edge.'
Michael at 16 with his younger brothers, Connor and Blair. All three boys were subjected to her abuse
Michael claims the child abuse was mainly confined to Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday's when the boy's father, Michael Snr, 56, was working away as a display rep.
On those days, Brown's true colours would show, leaving the boys praying for the return of their dad so the violence would calm down for a day or two.
Michael's only respite was when he was in the care of his two aunts Marion and Lily.