Man jailed for abusing daughter

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A Derry man who indecently assaulted his teenage daughter has been jailed for six years.

The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his victim, pleaded guilty to twelve charges of indecent assault between November 21, 1995 and December 31, 2002.

He also admitted assaulting his daughter on two occasions, when the girl was slapped on the back with a metal bar and dragged by the hair.

Derry Crown Court heard the 50-year-old sexually abused his daughter in their family home.

It was revealed that on one occasion he abused her while forcing her to watch a video her mother and father having sex.

Jailing the man, Judge Piers Grant said the “prolonged conduct of sexual abuse” was “absolutely disgraceful and outrageous.”

He said the victim was a “vulnerable, defenceless child” who was repeatedly abused “to satisfy your own sexual gratification.”

The judge added the defendant “manipulated” his daughter and “kept her under your control”.

The court heard that when the victim told her mother about the abuse in 2004 she was not believed and was accused of being a “wicked and dishonest person who was trying to blacken the name of her father.”

The victim has been treated with such hostility from her family that she believes she will have to leave Northern Ireland.

A victim impact report revealed that a result of the abuse, the victim has self-harmed and suffers from eating disorders.

Judge Grant said the 50-year-old had “utterly betrayed” his daughters trust by the sexual abuse and the “brutal” physical assaults.

He added that the defendant used adult pornography to “groom” his daughter, including a video of him and his wife enganging in sexual activity when they returned from a “a supposedly religious holiday” in Lourdes.

The judge ordered the 50-year-old to spend a further two years on probation and will have to sign the sex offenders register indefinitely.

He is also subject to a sexual offences prevention order, which bans him from having any contact with his daughter or any unapproved contact with young people.

Following the sentencing, the defendants wife was sent to the cells for an outburst in court.

She was released after two hours when she apologised to the judge for her behaviour.

Judge Grant reminded her “your daughter is the victim in all that has occurred” and warned her that the court or the police would not tolerate any harassment of her.