Fa­ther jailed for sex af­ter re­union

Sunderland Echo - - News -

A dad who had sex with his es­tranged daugh­ter when she tracked him down af­ter years of liv­ing apart has been put be­hind bars.

The daugh­ter, who was an adult, had not seen he fa­ther since she was a young child, and was “de­lighted” when she man­aged to find him and that he was pleased to hear from her.

New­cas­tle Crown Court heard the woman had hoped to es­tab­lish a fam­ily re­la­tion­ship with her dad.

When the daugh­ter vis­ited her fa­ther’s flat in Sun­der­land, he took her on a night out around the city’s pubs and clubs and she spent the night at his home.

Prose­cu­tor Paul Cur­rer told the court the daugh­ter was wo­ken dur­ing the night by her dad’s sex­ual ad­vances and ini­tially thought she was “at home, in her own bed with her hus­band” but then “froze” when she re­alised the truth.

The court heard the dad be­came upset af­ter what hap­pened but then told his daugh­ter he “loved her” and added: “This sort of thing must hap­pen with other fa­thers and their daugh­ters.”

Af­ter the in­ci­dent, the woman re­mained in touch with her dad for a while but said “he gave me the creeps”.

The daugh­ter said in a vic­tim state­ment: “My fa­ther be­came very needy, as if he would kill him­self if I didn’t stay in his life.”

The woman even­tu­ally cut con­tact again with her dad af­ter what he did. She re­ported him to the po­lice last year.

The dad, who is now 65 and has no pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions, pleaded guilty to in­cest and has been jailed for 14 months.

Miss Recorder Mar­gia Mostafa told him: “There has been a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on her life af­ter what you did to her.”

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