A stepdad is said to have reigned in terror over his stepdaughter, sexually abusing her for years in his downstairs “den” from the age of 10
A mum who had undergone a hysterectomy allowed her partner to rape her 14-year-old daughter and get her pregnant so he could have a child, a court heard.
The woman’s boyfriend reigned in terror over his stepdaughter, sexually abusing her for years in his downstairs “den”, a jury was told.
The couple, who cannot be named, allegedly colluded to fabricate a story about the teenager being impregnated by a boy at a party.
The alleged victim’s mum, who has since died, is said to have told her daughter to continue letting her step-dad rape her to maintain a “peaceful life”.
The abuse began when he put his hand down her the victim’s underwear when she was just 10 years old during a drive home from a KFC in the 1970s, Reading Crown Court heard.
He later raped her regularly in her younger teenage years and she eventually gave birth to his son, prosecutors claim.
The victim’s mother lied to friends and family about the baby’s father in a bid to cover up the horrific crime, the jury heard.
Prosecutor Charles Ward-Jackson told the court: “At some stage the mother had a hysterectomy meaning she could have no further children. She and the defendant had no children together.
“It may appear, however, that there was some kind of agreement between them that since the mother could not give him a child, he could have a child with her daughter instead.”
The court heard the victim’s ordeal began when her stepdad sexually assaulted her at Slough Trading Estate, the business park made famous by BBC sitcom The Office.
He told jurors: “He had driven her as a treat to a KFC in Slough where they bought some fried chicken to eat at home later.
“On the way back he stopped the car at a quiet spot in the Slough Trading Estate. He turned to the complainant and put his hand up her skirt into her knickers.
“Even after the passage of many years she remembers it hurt her and told him to stop. He told her not to tell anyone and, in this instance, put it in a menacing way saying, ‘it would be bad for your mother if she found out’.”
The jury heard that the stepfather, now aged 75, would sneak into her room and rape her as her sister slept in the next bed.
Mr Ward-Jackson continued: “If she said no or protested or indicated she was unwilling he would say to her either she or her mother would get hurt. He would also assault her physically by pinching her ears with his finger nails and on occasions so hard she would bleed.
“She remembers another occasion as her stepfather was in the bedroom having sex with her when her mother was calling out to the defendant and saying ‘what are you doing with her? You should be in bed with me’ which suggested to her that her mother knew what was going on.”
Mr Ward-Jackson told the jury about how the defendant began sleeping downstairs in a makeshift room created with a partition.
He would summon his step-daughter to the room he called “the den” and would give her money or gifts after having sex with her.
Mr Ward-Jackson said: “It was only a matter of time before she would become pregnant. Evidence may suggest that was part of his plan.
“Because she was so young she did not realise at first she was in fact pregnant. It was only when she was five months pregnant it became obvious to her and her family.
“Evidence may suggest the defendant and her mother hatched a plan to cover up the truth which involved persuading the complainant to participate in a fiction to say she was impregnated by a boy she met at a party.”
Mr Ward-Jackson suggested to his jury in his opening speech that the child’s mother, who died in 1995, did nothing to prevent the sexual abuse of her daughter despite knowing about it.
During a police interview, the alleged victim – now aged 54 – told officers about the day she says the abuse began.
She told the court: “He asked me if I wanted to go and get some KFC. Of course I said yes and we went in the car. We went to the chicken shop and on the way back we went through Slough Trading Estate.
“He pulled up and stopped and said to me I want to see something and all of a sudden his hand was in my knickers. I was screaming.
“I was trying to get his hands off me. He was strong. I couldn’t. I don’t even known what I thought at the time, I was only little, I didn’t know if it was what everybody goes through or if it is just you.
“I carried on until it happened again and again.”
She told a police officer she managed to negotiate with her stepfather to reduce the amount of times they had sex to once a week.
He would give her £5 in cash and have sex with her in his “den” when she was a teenager, the court heard.
She said: “I would get up and clean myself up and go about my business. Everyone else was in the other room and I would sit down and watch the telly.
“When I started saying no, it turned violent. He used to kick me and just hurt me. He was always smacking us for being naughty and he used to get the leather belt.
“He started with me when I said ‘I’m not having sex with you any more’.”
The defendant, who was absent from the dock at the opening of his trial, denied seven counts of rape, nine counts of indecent assault and one count of attempted rape of a child. Two of the indecent assault charges relate to a young family friend in the 1970s.
When he was arrested and questioned by police around two years ago, the defendant denied having sex with his step-daughter and insisted he was not her son’s father.
The trial continues.