North Somerset woman jailed for 10 years for aiding and abetting daughters' rape

04/04/2012

After pleading guilty to 25 charges of aiding and abetting the rape of three girls under the age of 16, a 65 year old woman from Weston-super-Mare, was today sentenced to 10 years imprisonment at Bristol Crown Court.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted to encouraging her then partner to rape her three young daughters in order to 'benefit their sexual education'.

CPS South West Crown Advocate James Ward said: "This was the most gross breach of trust imaginable her daughters should have been able to rely on their mother to safeguard them. Instead she helped her partner to subject them to regular and systematic rape between 1975 and 1982.  By pleading guilty she has at least spared them from giving evidence.

"Where there is sufficient evidence, the CPS will always seek to prosecute crimes of this nature, however historic they might be. This has been an extremely upsetting case for those who heard the evidence outlined by the prosecution and I hope the conclusion of this case brings some comfort to those most affected."