Brother jailed for 13 years for 500 rapes on sister


A brother who raped his sister 500 times has been jailed for 13 years.

The girl's ordeal started when she was aged nine and her older brother indecently touched her during a family holiday. From then on, he would subject the girl to appalling abuse and repeatedly raped her at the family home in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire until she was 16 and he left home.

Passing sentence, Judge Michael Kay told the man, "You treated her as a sex toy, someone you could rape and abuse as you pleased".

The court heard it was in 2010 that the victim, who was then 27, finally told police what had happened to her.

She estimated she had been raped by her brother between two and seven times a week and in total thought she had been raped at least 500 times.

The woman told police he had warned her not to tell anyone saying it would put their dad "in an early grave".

At Luton Crown Court on Wednesday, 22 February 2012, the 32 year brother, who now lives in Bedford, appeared for sentence having been found guilty by a jury earlier of indecently assaulting his sister and 12 specimen counts of raping her between 1993 and 2000.

Passing sentence, Judge Michael Kay told the man his name would be added to the sex offenders' register for an indefinite period.

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