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Jail for father who raped and tortured his three daughters

A SADISTIC Ipswich father who terrorised and repeatedly raped his three daughters for more than a decade has been sentenced to 17 years' jail.

Ipswich District Court heard the 42-year-old man inflicted horrendous sexual and physical abuse on his daughters between 1997 and 2010.

The youngest girl, who suffers from cerebral palsy and low intellect, suffered the most at his cruel hands. He poured hot wax on the girl, tied her up with rope and chicken wire, blindfolded her with a bandana and covered her mouth with tape.

He left the little girl in a room alone while she was bound and blindfolded and threatened to murder her if she told anyone, the court heard.

The abuse happened to each girl at least every second day from when they were 10 to 16 years old.

The father denied the allegations and went to trial, but after being found guilty of abusing the two eldest daughters he pleaded guilty to maintaining a sexual relationship with the third.

The offences included rape, indecent treatment, deprivation of liberty and assault.

The man was declared a serious violent offender and must serve 80% of his 17-year sentence.

Crown prosecutor Dzenita Balic said the man's displayed "sadistic traits", forcing the girls to watch pornographic films and threatening them with violence.

"There was grotesque abuse of his daughters, involving physical dominance and sadistic traits," Ms Balic said.

Judge Deborah Richards said the man's case was in "one of the worst" she'd seen.

"It was persistent, violent and uncaring - particularly with your disabled child," Judge Richards said.

"It is no surprise the family unit has been destroyed and you've destroyed all trust the girls have in men and their mother."

Judge Richards said the father had shown no remorse, having subjected two daughters to giving evidence at trial.

The mother and daughters were in court to see the sentence handed down yesterday.

His current partner was also there. The court heard the man had been living with her and her four children before he was charged.

The father kept his head bowed and eyes closed during most of the proceedings. He kissed his partner before being led away from the dock.

Topics:  assault, deprivation of liberty, indecent treatment, ipswich district court, jail term, rape



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