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A MAN from Warwick has been jailed for ten years after repeatedly raping and abusing his own daughter in the 1980s.
The 58-year-old, who a judge ordered could not be named to protect the identity of his victim, was told he would have served 15 years had it not been for his early guilty pleas.
The man had pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to four charges of indecently assaulting his daughter from the age of seven, three of raping her and one of gross indecency.
But prosecutor Lynette McClement told the court heard the charges were only ‘specimens’ of a course of sexual abuse which took place over a period of five or six years.
The victim believed one of the final attacks on her had been witnessed by her mother, after which the abuse ceased.
She had also became aware, as a result of sex education at school, that her father’s conduct towards her was wrong – but she believed that while he was abusing her it would spare her sisters. She did make a complaint at the time but then retracted it after she was told by one of her father’s friends that she would be taken away from her mother and sisters if she pursued it.
But after having counselling last year she reported him to the police because she was scared of what might happen to her own child, who she never left alone with her father, of whom she said: “I will never forgive him for what he did.”
Sean Logan, defending, said a pre-sentence report on the man did highlight the "remorse expressed by him for these horrendous matters.”
Jailing the man - and ordering him to register as a sex offender for life - judge Marten Coates told him: “You were engaging in sexual activity with her on what appears to be something like a daily basis. It was a gross breach of trust.
“The one thing that can be said on your behalf is that you have saved your daughter the ordeal of having to come into court and re-live her experience.”
“The sentence if you had fought this would have been 15 years.”
Welcoming the sentence, Pete Herring of the Warwickshire Police's child protection unit said: “This sends out a clear message that people who have committed this sort of crime, even many years ago, cannot think they will escape justice one day.
“No offence is too old to be investigated."
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