POLICE called her ''evil incarnate''. A sentencing judge said she was ''cruel beyond belief''.
With a long list of sadistic crimes beside her name, Wendy Frances Stott was jailed in 2004 for keeping a young, single mother as her slave, subjecting the 21-year-old to daily beatings and other acts of violence and torture.
And now Stott, 66, is preparing to walk free from jail.
The NSW State Parole Authority has indicated it will not oppose the grandmother's release and will hear public submissions on Stott's release on February 3.
During Stott's 2003 trial in the Sydney District Court, her victim, known only as CM, sobbed as she recounted the ''reign of terror'' she endured between 1995 and 1998.
Stott had urged the young woman to move into her Leppington home, claiming the 21-year-old and her baby were in serious danger.
Within weeks, CM was sleeping on the floor of the older woman's bedroom, her personal possessions were destroyed and the physical abuse began.
Stott always had at least six dogs on her semi-rural property and twice set a rottweiler upon her slave.
CM was only allowed to eat leftovers once every three or four days, was forced to eat her own vomit and was once locked in a kennel for failing to clean up a dog's mess.
CM said she remained in the abusive environment because Stott had threatened to kill her if she tried to leave.
The torture extended to CM's son, who was urged to stab his mother with knives and pinch her fingernails with pliers.
''She would sit him on the floor next to me, in front of her, and say: 'Who's your mum?'" CM told the jury.
''If he looked at me, she would punch him and slap him. She kept on repeating 'Who's your mother?' until he came to look at her. She'd say, 'Who's a slut?' and kept hitting him until he recognised me as that and her as mum.''
Stott also once stabbed CM in the knee as she cooked spaghetti bolognese for the family about Christmas 1996, forced her to get a tattoo of the Grim Reaper and once held her under water in the family swimming pool.
The Crown prosecutor at Stott's trial, Lloyd Babb, now the state's Director of Public Prosecutions, told the court Stott got ''psychological satisfaction'' from enslaving CM and took enjoyment from the free labour and the social-security payments she stole.
Finally, CM ran away in March 1998 after Stott poured a jug of boiling water over her head.
After the jury's guilty verdicts, the judge, Megan Latham, said Stott had treated the single mother as a ''domestic slave'' for three years.
Judge Latham sentenced Stott to 14 years' jail, with a non-parole period of nine years, for aggravated kidnapping, saying she had shown callous disregard for the welfare of CM and her baby.
''It is difficult to fathom the systematic abuse and maltreatment of CM,'' Judge Latham said.