UNNAMED DAD. And no mention of a mother in the home.
INVISIBLE MOTHER ALERT.
Jail for father who abused daughter
Imran Ali | Thursday, September 8, 2011 10:29
A Northland father who twice paid his daughter $10 after sexually abusing her had subjected her to behaviour no child should endure, a Whangarei judge said.
The 47-year-old, whose name is suppressed to protect his daughter, was found guilty by a jury in July on two of three charges of unlawful sexual connection with a female under 12.
In the Whangarei District Court this week, the man was sentenced to six years and three months' jail.
The man committed the offences before the girl's 12th birthday but she did not report the abuse until a few years later.
Crown prosecutor Alice Hyndman said that because she was young, the complainant did not realise what her father was doing was wrong. Ms Hyndman said the abuse was a serious breach of trust.
Defence lawyer Nick Leader said his client had showed remorse and has had a good employment history.
However, Mr Leader conceded there were few mitigating factors in his client's favour.
Judge John McDonald said the charge carried a maximum of 20 years' jail, before sentencing the man.
"No child should be subjected to this type of behaviour by an adult. No daughter should be subjected to this type of behaviour by her father," he said.
He said the girl was vulnerable and initially thought it was her fault that the abuse happened.
She now hated him and would never forgive her father, the judge said.