Father jailed for sexual abuse of daughter - Luton

04/10/2013

A Luton father has been jailed for sixteen years for what a Judge described as a "sickening, nightmarish tale of sexual abuse." Judge Barbara Mensah said the man had been "manipulative, deceptive, violent and abusive towards his biological daughter for many years."

The catalogue of abuse only came to light when police went to the 42-year-old man's home to search his computer for images of child sex abuse.

His daughter, by then an adult, knew that police would find some pictures of her, and decided to confide in them, although it was some time before she felt able to tell them the whole story of her childhood, because she felt so ashamed.

Beverley Cripps, prosecuting for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) at Luton Crown Court on Friday, 04 October 2013, said: "The victim had been abused and lived her life in a climate of fear."

She said her father had began to sexually assault her and went on to rape her.

The barrister said that police found more than 10,000 indecent images of children, some as young as two, on his computer. Such pictures and videos are classified into five levels of seriousness and he had images in all five categories.

The man's lawyer, Natalie Goffe, read out a letter he had written expressing his remorse. In it he said: "I  will always be sorry and the guilt will be with me forever. It is all my fault, I failed her as a father.

"I am glad she found the courage to say what she did, it helped me to see what a horrible selfish person I am. I have made my family's life unbearable with my unreasonable behaviour."

But Judge Mensah questioned the motive behind the letter. She said: "What you did is beyond shameful. I find it difficult to believe that someone who has spent much of their adult life being manipulative and dishonest, is now being honest when he tells me he is remorseful.

"This will have a long term psychological impact on your daughter. She blames herself, because you groomed her to believe it was acceptable behaviour. It became the norm."

The man pleaded guilty to rape, and eight other sexual offences, said to be specimen charges of a course of conduct. He also admitted 18 charges of possessing and making indecent photographs of children.

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