A Fritzl Now In Australia – He Fathered Four Children

by Gopalan on  January 29, 2010 at 5:15 PM Medico Legal News   - G J E 4
 A Fritzl Now In Australia – He Fathered Four Children
Yet another sickening incest story - of a father who abused his daughter for nearly three two decades. This one from Australia. He fathered four children with her.

The abuse began when the girl was a teenager and the father would kiss and indecently touch her, the Victorian County Court was told on Friday.

The abuse sometimes took place in public and in front of her friends and soon progressed to rape.

The court heard the man raped his daughter on a weekly, sometimes daily basis.

The woman feared that if she fled her father would hunt her down, find her and kill her, the court was told.

On one occasion, when the daughter stood up to the father to refuse his advances, he pushed her against a wall and said "I'll teach you to knock me back".

The court also heard how one of the children he fathered died soon after birth. The other three suffer from intellectual disabilities.

The sexual abuse dates back to 1977 and lasted 28 years.

Police used DNA testing to prove the man fathered four of the woman's children.

Crown Prosecutor Amanda Forrester said the hapless girl continually ran away and lived in hostels or on the streets, fearing him.

She repeatedly sought the help of social workers, but in vain. On one occasion she was sent back to the incest hell because the Social Welfare department could not find an accommodation for her.

It was not until 23 years later that a counsellor helped her apply for separate housing.

In 2008, she felt able to ask the police to investigate. Her father at first denied the allegations, but later admitted his crimes.

The man, now in his sixties, has pleaded guilty to two counts of indecently assaulting a girl under 16, 10 counts of incest and a count of common assault.

The prosecution is seeking a 25-year term. But Defence lawyer Graham Thomas, SC, argued against a "crushing" sentence, saying his client was unlikely to survive any long jail time due to ill heath.

He said his client had a history of depression and chronic alcohol abuse, which affected his health and intellect.

The father is due to be sentenced on a later date.

Source: Medindia

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