Man who raped daughter awaits sentencing

An elderly British man who confessed to raping his young daughter for half a decade in the 1970s while the family lived in the Illawarra will learn his fate next February.

The man, who cannot be named in order to protect the identity of the victim, subjected the young girl to ongoing sexual abuse from the age of 10, even putting her on the contraceptive pill when she was 13 so she didn’t fall pregnant.

Details of the man’s behaviour, contained in documents presented to Wollongong District Court yesterday, revealed the man raped the girl multiple times, often in the family home while her younger sister was outside and her mother away from the house.

The first time he assaulted the girl was during a family holiday to Sussex Inlet, taking her on a boat ride to a nearby island before raping her.

At one stage during the offending period, the girl, who had recently been exposed to sex education classes at school, asked her father why he had sex with her ‘‘when he was only supposed to have sex with [her] mother’’.

The man replied: ‘‘The school has taught you wrong. I love you and that’s the reason that I do it’’.

The abuse came to light in 1978. 

The man did not deny the assaults when confronted with the information.

He and his wife subsequently divorced, with the woman citing ‘‘incest’’ as her grounds for the application.

A signed affidavit written by the victim at the time in support of the application said she had been abused by her father between 1972 and 1978.

The mother took her two daughters back to the UK in late 1978, leaving the man in Australia. The victim made a formal complaint to UK police in 1997. However, it appears NSW Police did not become involved in the matter until 2010, by which time the father had returned to the UK.

The man was extradited to Australia in June this year and later pleaded guilty to five counts of rape and one of buggery.

In court yesterday, Judge Andrew Haesler ordered the man be kept behind bars until his next court appearance on February 14, when he is expected to be sentenced. 

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