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'X Factor' Jahmene Douglas's father 'jailed for hitting mum'

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X Factor star Jahmene Douglas's father was reportedly jailed for hitting his mother.

The 21-year-old's dad Eustace was sentenced to nine years for GBH for attacking Mandy Thomas in 2003, reports The Sun.

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The incident occurred at their family home in Bath, Somerset when Jahmene was 11 years old.

Eustace Douglas later admitted to raping another woman and was sentenced to a further six years.

Jahmene and his mother have had no contact with Eustace since he was jailed and are reportedly not sure if he is still in prison or not.

A friend of the singer said: "His dad was a nasty piece of work and terrorised the family. It's no wonder Jahmene is shy and has had confidence issues."

Jahmene revealed that he hoped to use his time on The X Factor to help campaign against domestic violence.

"Our struggles are what make us stronger and I hope I can become an inspiration to those still suffering," he said.

"I'm still here and happy. Don't let anyone take your happiness."

He added: "Only you know what's best for you and your family but speak out and reach out."

Jahmene recently revealed that he is still a virgin and wears a purity ring.

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