By Claire Buckie
A father who got his own daughters pregnant 19 times in a span of 25 years has been sentenced to life in jail.
The 56 year old who refused to leave his prison cell to attend the sentencing fathered 9 children by raping his two daughters. Judge Alan Goldsack of Sheffield Crown Court ordered the rapist to serve a minimum of 19 and a half years before being considered for parole. The court heard that the defendant “took pleasure” in knowing the harm he was doing to his two daughters and threatened them with a “real hiding” if they refused to have sex with him.
The father got his elder daughter pregnant seven times in total and fathered two children by her. She gave birth to two other babies but both died shortly after they were born.
He made his younger daughter pregnant 12 times and she has five surviving children. The man also had a son who left their family home when he was a teenager. He described his father as having a “Jekyll and Hyde personality and that he had a one-second fuse and that he could flip and turn just with the click of his fingers.”
The court heard that the sexual abuse started when the two sisters reached the age of eight but that they only realised the other was being abused when they became pregnant some years later.
Prosecutor Nicholas Campbell QC said: “All the defendant’s children spoke of his domination over their family life.”
He added: “All the family were frightened of him. When they heard his car pulling up outside the house, the children and their mothers ran to their respective rooms…When either one of his victims tried to end the sexual abuse, he threatened to kill them and their children, and when they threatened to tell police, he said they would not be believed. ”
The daughters gave their father as much whisky as he wanted in the hope he would drink himself to death, but it was not until last summer that the younger daughter managed to flee from the family home.
The defendant, from Sheffield, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted 25 rapes and four indecent assaults last month.
In a statement through South Yorkshire Police the daughters said: “The suffering he caused will continue for many years and we must now concentrate our thoughts on finding the strength to rebuild our lives.”
He has been compared with the Austrian rapist Josef Fritzl, who kept his daughter locked in a dungeon for 24 years as he fathered seven children with her.