UNNAMED DAD gets a slap on the wrist....
Father jailed for ten years for raping daughter
A WARWICK man who repeatedly sexually abused and raped his own daughter over a period of more than five years has been jailed for ten years.
The 58-year-old, who a judge has ordered cannot be named to protect the identity of his victim, was told it would have been 15 years if it was not for his early guilty pleas.
The man had pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to four charges of indecently assaulting his daughter from the age of seven, three of raping her and one of gross indecency.
But the court heard the charges were only specimens of a course of sexual abuse which took place over a period of five or six years in the 1980s.
Prosecutor Lynette McClement pointed out that the three rape charges reflected the three locations in the house where it took place—in her bedroom, her parents’ bedroom and in the living room.
During the course of the abuse the girl had become aware, as a result of sex education at school, that her father’s conduct towards her was wrong—but she believed that while he was abusing her, it would spare her sisters. She did make a complaint, but then retracted it after she was told by one of her father’s friends that she would be taken away from her mother and sisters if she pursued it.
But after having counselling last year she reported him to the police because she was scared of what might happen to her own child, whom she never left alone with her father, said Ms McClement.
Sean Logan, defending, said a pre-sentence report was helpful and realistic pointing out: “It does highlight the remorse expressed by him for these horrendous matters.”
Jailing the man, Judge Marten Coates told him: “You have pleaded guilty to a course of conduct over a period of something like five or six years involving a wide variety of sexual activity with your daughter. You were engaging in sexual activity with her on what appears to be something like a daily basis. It was a gross breach of trust.
“The one thing that can be said on your behalf is that you have saved your daughter the ordeal of having to come into court and relive her experience.”
The judge, who ordered the girl’s father to register as a sex offender for life, added: “The sentence if you had fought this would have been 15 years.”