BEING the victim of protracted sexual abuse at the hands of her best friend's father nearly destroyed a woman, a court has heard.
Powerful statements from the victims of an Ipswich man who abused his daughter and her best friend and the friend's mother were read out in the Ipswich District Court yesterday.
The 51-year-old man, who can't be named, was found guilty by a jury of maintaining a sexual relationship with the 12-year-old best friend of his daughter, and four counts of indecent treatment of a child under 16 in care relating to the girl and his daughter.
Yesterday the court heard impact statements read by the two girls, as well as the mother of one.
The man's daughter's best friend said he treated her like "some toy to be played with".
"I have ever since simply struggled to get through life," she said.
"I wanted to be at school to get away from everyone, but didn't want to work as he'd made me believe I wouldn't amount to anything.
"When the detective told me (the man) had fled I felt unsafe. If he was free, then I wasn't. For the entire nine years he was on the run, I was a hermit."
Her mother, who the man had an affair with before the abuse began, said she hated him for what he'd done.
"I cannot understand why you did what you did to my daughter," she said.
"You're a monster. The kind of monster nightmares are made of.
"I hate you for what you have done to my daughter."
The man's daughter, who the jury found he had indecently treated, asked him simply, why?
"My first and last question to you will always be why did you do that to me?" she said.
While he was on the run, she was living in fear.
"I was so relieved when police picked you up," she said.
"I was afraid I'd see you somewhere. I was always watching. My first and last question to you will always be, why did you do that to me?"
While the jury heard during the trial the man had referred to himself as a pastor, Judge Sarah Bradley was yesterday told he was not a minister, but had worked for the church in Ipswich.
The matter, which is under appeal, was adjourned until later in the year.