Coventry dad raped his own daughter after she revealed she was gay
He attacked her “to show why it would be better to have sex with men than women”
A Coventry teenager who confided in her father that she was gay was brutally raped by him in a bid to ‘prove’ to her that sex with a man was better.
The 54-year-old father reacted by “showing real and uncontrolled anger” in an attack that left his daughter humiliated.
The rapist, who cannot be named to protect the identities of his victims, also attacked his other daughter as part of the culmination of more than two decades of sexual abuse.
He was jailed for 21 years after being found guilty of three rapes during the 1980s and 90s.
Judge Andrew Lockhart QC told the father: “The court heard from both of these two women. They have both been severely psychologically damaged by your behaviour.
“Listening to (one of the victim’s) evidence of her feeling of guilt at leaving her sister to face you was the most harrowing of evidence.”
The father had pleaded not guilty at Warwick Crown Court to a total of nine charges of indecent assault, one of indecency with a child and three of rape.
The court had heard that his offending had spanned a period of more than 20 years throughout the 1980s and 90s.
It began with sexual abuse of one daughter and, after she left home, moved on to abusing the other daughter.
Having been found guilty, he was sentenced to 21 years in prison extended by an additional five years on licence following his eventual release.
Under the extended sentence, he will have to serve at least two-thirds of the sentence, rather than the normal half.
He will then only be released if the Parole Board considers it is safe to do so, and he will then remain on licence for the rest of the term and for a further five years.
The rapist’s barrister Sally Hancox had argued that the offences could be dealt with by a ‘determinate sentence’, pointing out that since his offending ended there had been a number of years without him committing any further offences.
But that was rejected by Judge Lockhart QC who imposed the extended sentence and also ordered the father to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
The judge pointed out that at the time of the defendant’s indecent assaults in the 1980s, the maximum sentence was just five years – whereas now he could have faced life imprisonment for penetrative sexual activity.
He told the father: “Across a period of 21 years you were committing serious sexual offences against your daughters.
“Counts one to three were when you were grooming and moving towards sexually touching (the second victim). She was 11 and this went on for three years.
“It affected her greatly. She left the home, and she thought her sister would be safe, because she thought you would never touch (her) in the same way.
“But you groomed your (other) daughter in the same way and began assaults on her.
“As a 16-year-old girl she realised she was gay and, struggling with her identity as many people do at that age, she decided to tell you.
“You reacted by showing real and uncontrolled anger, and you decided to rape her to show her why it would be better to have sex with men than women. Her evidence made harrowing listening.
“That rape involved degradation and humiliation. The offence demonstrated your hostility towards her as a lesbian.”
Speaking afterwards, an NSPCC spokesman said: “The victims in this horrific case have shown incredible courage to speak out and ensure this evil abuser is brought to justice.
“It is vital they now receive the support they need to attempt to move forward with their lives.
“This case shows that survivors of abuse will be listened to, no matter how long ago it happened or who the abuser was. They do not need to suffer in silence.
“They can contact the NSPCC helpline in confidence, 24/7, on 0808 800 5000, email firstname.lastname@example.org or text 88858.”
If you’ve been affected by this story call Coventry rape and sexual assault charity Crasac on 024 7627 7777.