BEYOND EVIL

Depraved’ dad forced own children into sex games but when jailed one victim shouted ‘daddy I love you’

The 50-year-old raped five of his own children, beginning when some were six, while his wife sat watching TV, a court heard

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Liverpool Crown Court
The appalling abuse was carried out over a period of years, Liverpool Crown Court heard
A father who systematically raped his own children and forced them into sick sex games while he watched has been jailed for life.
The
50-year-old was found guilty after trial of sexually abusing five of
his children, beginning when some were just six-years-old.
They
all lived in a state of neglect while his “bone idle” wife sat watching
television as “chaos reigned around her”, the court heard.
But as the 50-year-old defendant was led to the cells one of his traumatised victims shouted out “Daddy I love you.”
The
eldest daughter, who he raped about eight times, told how he would tie
her to a bed and other times held a knife to her throat and threatened
to chop her up.
He later plied the other girl with alcohol and gave her money for drugs before raping her, Liverpool Crown Court was told.
Judge
Andrew Menary QC said that they had been used “day in day out by their
father as playthings for his own sexual gratification.”
Jailing
the man, who cannot be identified to protect his victims, the judge
said: “It is impossible to overstate the appalling nature of this
offending or the depths of depravity exhibited by you over many years
towards your own children or the profound and obvious harm that you have
caused to each complainant.”

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Child playing video games in darkened room
The father abused a number of his children, the court heard

He said that they have all been affected by their
experiences and tragically it was likely the three most seriously abused
“will never get over their ordeal”.

“If not ruined, their lives have been substantially damaged,” the judge continued.
“The
accounts they gave were often heartbreaking and it is shocking, to say
the least, that the family circumstances like the one endured by these
children and their other siblings can exist and be allowed to exist in
modern day Britain.”
The court heard he had forced three of his
sons, when they were about seven, to perform sex acts on each other and
have sexual intercourse with two of their sisters while he watched.
Setting
out the “hopelessness of their plight” Judge Menary said the defendant
and his partner, who lived in West Lancashire, had other children who
had been taken into care and adopted.
The judge said: “If that had not happened I have no doubt at all that they too would have been sexually abused by you.”
The
victims lived in utter neglect while their mother was unable or
unwilling to provide the usual love, support and protection they needed
and deserved, the court heard.
The judge said that while there
was some evidence she had herself been abused by the defendant, a care
agency belatedly brought in by social services described her as being
“bone idle and sat and watched TV while chaos reigned around her”.
The agency continued: “She sat in a chair and didn’t lift a finger.”

The horrifying details of the case were heard at Liverpool Crown Court

He also pointed out that the house was overrun with cats and dogs –
but that they were “rescued by the RSPCA long before the children were
rescued by anyone”.
The children were inadequately fed or
clothed, were encouraged to run round naked and they were seen out in
the street in winter without any clothes on.
The father began raping one of his daughters and one of his sons when they were just six years old.
He continued that behaviour with that boy for about four years and with the girl for about 12 years.

The children began to be taken into care but the abuse did
not end and he continued raping two of his daughters when they came home
for visits or ran away from children’s homes.
Judge Menary told
the defendant, who was cleared of sexually abusing another of his
daughters, that he had no doubt he was dangerous.
He jailed him
for life with a minimum term of 14 years before he can apply to the
Parole Board to be freed. He was ordered to sign on the Sex Offenders
Register for life.
Some of his victims sat crying in the public
gallery for the hearing and as the man, who had sat fidgeting in the
dock and looking over at them.
He had been convicted after a trial of 20 offences of rape and sexual assaults, all of which he denied.

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