Friday, December 4, 2009

Grandad jailed for 13 years for molesting 7 girls and women in his family (Victoria, Australia)

UNNAMED GRANDAD should have been put away for life. Sexually assaulting someone with a suspected broken arm?? Raping an 11-year-old girl after threatening her with a fire arm?? Some of the victims as young as 5 years of age? Five women in all--and that's just WITHIN his family?? Seven that have come forward?? You know there has to be more victims than that, too.

Grandad jailed for sexually abusing family
From: AAP December 04, 2009 10:22PM

Abused seven females from 1969 to 1992
Pleaded guilty to 18 charges including rape
Daughter will have "nightmares for rest of life"

AN elderly Victorian man who sexually abused two generations of his family, including four of his daughters and his granddaughter, has been jailed for 13 years.

The man, 68, who cannot be named for legal reasons, abused seven women and girls from 1969 to 1992.

While he was on bail for those offences, he indecently assaulted another teenage girl at a country Victorian football club earlier this year.

Today, he was jailed in the County Court in Melbourne for a minimum of eight and a half years.

He pleaded guilty to 18 charges including rape, indecent assault, gross indecency, incest and unlawful imprisonment.

In sentencing him, Judge Jeanette Morrish said he had targeted two generations of female victims in his family.

He assaulted one of his daughters when he should have been taking her to hospital for a suspected broken arm.

He also assaulted his defacto's 11-year-old daughter, threatening her with a firearm - which he later told police was fake - in a locked room.

Another victim was his daughter's friend, while his youngest victims were five when the abuse began.

Judge Morrish said the crimes were at the "upper end of seriousness''.

Victim impact statements by his daughters and granddaughter were read to the court.

In them, they described the trauma of losing their childhoods and the pain the abuse has had on their lives.

One daughter said she had dealt with the trauma of abuse alone for a long time and relived it daily: "I constantly break down for no particular reason.''

A second daughter said "I will have nightmares for the rest of my life,'' while another daughter said: "I will never be able to refer to him as a father.''

Judge Morrish said the offences against the children were very serious.

"Clearly all victims have suffered greatly as a result of your offending,'' she said.

She added she was not confident of his prospects of rehabilitation.

The court heard the man, was who also sexually abused as a child, had a borderline intellectual disability.

Despite this, the judge cited medical evidence that he was still able to live a relatively normal adult life.

The judge conceded he would find jail harder because of his poor health and age.

The man has previously served jail time for indecent assault.