Daugh­ter kept as sex slave

Waikato Times - - FRONT PAGE - LIBBY WIL­SON

A man who con­trolled his daugh­ter’s life for 10 years – and got her preg­nant at least once – has been sent to prison.

The woman, who has an in­tel­lec­tual im­pair­ment, moved to a North Is­land town to meet her fa­ther when she was 18 – and a decade of phys­i­cal and sex­ual abuse be­gan.

On one oc­ca­sion, she was punched and thrown against a wall shortly be­fore her fa­ther had in­ter­course with her.

She rarely did any­thing by her­self and her fa­ther – who can­not be named with­out iden­ti­fy­ing the daugh­ter – mon­i­tored her so­cial me­dia use.

The sit­u­a­tion didn’t change un­til she re­quired an abor­tion in 2016 and she spoke to a coun­sel­lor while she was in hospi­tal.

On Thurs­day, her 56-year-old fa­ther ap­peared in the Hamil­ton District Court and was sentenced to five years and five months in prison.

The prison term was for seven charges: a rep­re­sen­ta­tive charge of in­cest, and six of male as­saults fe­male. One of the six as­sault charges was also rep­re­sen­ta­tive. The woman wasn’t raised by her fa­ther but moved to a new town to meet him in 2005 when she was 18.

She lived with him, her fa­ther’s wife and an­other daugh­ter. Over a decade, the fa­ther kept her iso­lated and of­ten sub­jected her to vi­o­lence be­fore sex­ual in­ter­course.

‘‘A child of a par­ent is en­ti­tled to – even in later years – the pro­tec­tion, love, and sup­port of a par­ent, not phys­i­cal and sex­ual abuse,’’ Judge Glen Mar­shall told the fa­ther at his sen­tenc­ing.

Crown pros­e­cu­tor Jacinda Foster said her re­search had not un­cov­ered other in­cest cases with this level of vi­o­lence.

‘‘He dom­i­nated her life for an ex­tended pe­riod. There was no kind of lov­ing or sup­port­ive or car­ing na­ture about this re­la­tion­ship.’’

The woman is on the bor­der­line of be­ing classed as in­tel­lec­tu­ally dis­abled and did not have the ca­pac­ity or sup­port net­work to re­buff her fa­ther or re­move her­self from the sit­u­a­tion, Foster said.

She moved away from him at one point in early 2007, but her fa­ther slapped her and then put his hands around her neck be­fore she went, Mar­shall said. She went back to liv­ing with her fa­ther in an­other town af­ter he told her he’d split up with his wife.

‘‘You promised you wouldn’t hurt her again. She be­lieved you.’’ The pair later moved again. ‘‘She was iso­lated from friends and other fam­ily. She did very lit­tle by her­self and . . . cer­tainly you mon­i­tored her so­cial me­dia com­mu­ni­ca­tions closely.’’

The fa­ther was of­ten vi­o­lent to­wards his daugh­ter be­fore in­ter­course. He once punched her and threw her against a wall, and on an­other oc­ca­sion he el­bowed her in the head twice be­fore hav­ing in­ter­course while she was in pain, Mar­shall said.

The woman had had an abor­tion in De­cem­ber 2008, al­though the Crown said it couldn’t be proved if her fa­ther was also the fa­ther of the child. When she had a sec­ond abor­tion in March 2016, her fa­ther was proven to be re­spon­si­ble for the preg­nancy.

She spoke to a hospi­tal coun­sel­lor and the abuse stopped when she fol­lowed that per­son’s ad­vice, Mar­shall said.

De­fence lawyer Thomas Sut­cliffe did not dis­pute the Crown’s sug­ges­tion of a start­ing point of five-and-a-half to six years for the sen­tence, but asked the judge to take ac­count of the fa­ther’s age and state of health.

Mar­shall used a start­ing point of five years and five months for the sen­tence on the lead charge of in­cest, but added an­other year on the ba­sis of the man’s other charges.

How­ever, small cred­its for the man’s lack of other con­vic­tions and his guilty plea be­fore trial took the fi­nal re­sult back to five years and five months.

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