A man has been jailed for 40 years after raping his own daughter and fathering “at least” six children with her. The court heard how the defendant went on to also repeatedly rape one of the girls he had fathered with his first victim, using mysticism and witchcraft to control her.
Swansea Crown Court heard how the defendant controlled the life of his victim for more than two decades, before going on to rape one of the children he had with his daughter.
He also repeatedly abused and raped another of his daughters during her teenage years – and arranged for another man to rape her.
The defendant, who lives in south west Wales but who cannot be named to protect the lifelong anonymity afforded to his victims, had denied 36 counts of rape and one of sexual assault but was convicted on all counts last week following a trial at Swansea Crown Court.
The defendant raped his first victim when she was aged just 14, and within months she was pregnant with his first child.
He controlled every aspect of her life, even invoking elements of witchcraft and creating a “fake mystic” who would send his daughter messages telling her to perform sex acts with her dad.
The female went through nine pregnancies during her years of abuse, with six children resulting – DNA tests showed all were fathered by the defendant.
He also raped and abused another daughter during her teenage years, but she subsequently left home and got away from him.
During his trial he claimed both the daughter he had fathered six children with and her daughter had blackmailed him into having sexual relationships with them. He said he had no choice but to go along with what they wanted, and said he still loved his wife.
He claimed the other daughter he had raped as a teenager was simply making up the allegations against him in the hopes of getting compensation. But the jury did not believe him.
Judge Paul Thomas QC told the defendant he had carried out a “horrific campaign” of manipulation and rapes against his own daughters.
He said: “What you did to your family over a period of around 20 years plumbed the depths of depravity. You behaviour was utterly wicked. You have left your victims, your daughters, with their lives in pieces… You sexually abused and raped three of your daughters.”
Judge Thomas said the man had then denied all the offences, and tried to paint himself as the victim of the piece.
He told him: “You are as cowardly as you are wicked.”
The defendant was made the subject of a 40-year extended sentence comprising 33 years in prison, and seven years on licence.
The man who the defendant arranged to rape one of his daughters had previously pleaded guilty, and awaits sentence.
At the sentencing hearing barrister Craig Jones read impact statements from two of the defendant’s victims.
In the second statement read to court one of the defendant’s daughters said she had been “made to feel small in a big world” and abused by someone who should have been protecting her.
She said she had kept the abuse secret for many years but now “Telling the truth about what happened has finally set me free from him”.