Sus­pected paedo 'raped daugh­ter from age 10 to 17', court hears

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By Sa­man­tha Kett A FA­THER is fac­ing up to 15 years in jail for re­peat­edly rap­ing his daugh­ter from the age of 10 to nearly 17 – but claims the girl's mother put her up to it.

The ac­cused, 44, who had ap­par­ently sep­a­rated from the mother when the child was very small, went to the fam­ily home ev­ery fort­night from 2009 when he knew his ex-wife was away work­ing in Al­bacete.

When the daugh­ter came home from school, her fa­ther would drag her into her bed­room, grope her and of­ten rape her.

Fi­nally, in 2016, the girl – who lives in an undis­closed town in the La Rib­era district – broke down and con­fessed to her mother, say­ing: “Imag­ine the worst thing a fa­ther can do to his daugh­ter.”

The mother, who – like the fa­ther – is orig­i­nally from Colom­bia, did not re­port the child's or­deal at first as she feared reprisals against them both.

But when the fa­ther ap­plied for shared cus­tody in 2017, shortly be­fore the vic­tim turned 18, her mother spoke out, not want­ing to put the daugh­ter through liv­ing with him ev­ery other fort­night.

The ac­cused says the daugh­ter was 'dif­fi­cult and con­flic­tive', be­com­ing ' re­bel­lious and trou­ble­some' be­cause of 'the sit­u­a­tion at home', and that she fab­ri­cated the ac­cu­sa­tions in­flu­enced by her mum.

He says he and the girl had a row shortly be­fore her claims be­cause he saw a pho­to­graph of her ' naked with a load of Colom­bian soldiers' and threat­ened to tell her mother, and that the daugh­ter made the re­ports as an act of re­venge.

Mother and daugh­ter say they are not seek­ing com­pen­sa­tion, 'only jus­tice'.

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