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STEP-FATHER. In Latin vitricus, is the husband of one's mother who is not the father of the person spoken of.

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The defendant had repeatedly stolen from his step-father and had got away with PS2,360.
Her husband, who was her son's step-father, who had still been in bed, came downstairs to see what was going on and politely asked them two intruders to leave.
Charles Geekie QC, for Swansea, said the family judge was "plainly wrong in refusing to find sexually inappropriate behaviour", noting that the step-father had admitted sharing a bed with the teen "on more than one occasion".
The child's mother and step-father should have been handed the death penalty and the professionals who failed him should be jailed.
Jurors heard how Hodgson had gone to bed unwell from drinking too much alcohol with his step-father at their home at Austen Place.
His defence solicitor Amy Dixon said: "From speaking to him and his step-father it certainly seems he does come from a working family and a supporting family.
Mr Dyaswas always alone when neighbours saw him and they never saw anybody coming or going at the flat, which his mother and step-father had lived in before they died.
Summary: Khyra Ishaq's mother and step-father have been convicted of manslaughter at Birmingham Crown Court.
In a herky-jerky style, the various events and experiences in the lives of Spooner, his mother and step-father and his siblings are recounted.
Together with a third man, who is the woman's step-father, they deny a total of 22 sex charges against her.
Dugard's step-father Carl Probyn has revealed that the girls, aged 15 and 11, didn't know that their mother was sex slave to the man they called dad.
Her step-father claimed that nine men had broken into their house and took her.