An “angry and ‘domineering” father who raped, tortured and imprisoned his young daughter for more than a decade has been sentenced to a minimum of 36 years in jail for sexually abusing and torturing his daughter over a 15-year period.
The girl’s mother has also been sentenced to a minimum of 11 years behind bars for her role in the prolonged abuse.
The northern New South Wales father, who cannot be identified, started raping his daughter when she was five-years-old and continued the abuse until she was 19, Judge Sarah Huggett told Sydney’s District Court during a sentence hearing this week.
Most details of the sickening abuse committed by the 59-year-old are too disturbing to publish, but the court heard the 73 charges related to years of sexual torture and abuse.
The mother was charged with 13 offences.
The 14 years of abuse began in 1997, not long after the family moved to a rural property with a creek and a dilapidated shed.
The father first walked into his daughter’s room naked in February that year, while his wife was in hospital giving birth.
He forced his young daughter to perform oral sex on him.
Soon after that attack, the man dragged his daughter to the property’s creek and held her head under the freezing water.
That would happen several times through the years of torment the girl suffered at the hands of her cruel father.
The girl was regularly sexually abused in the shed, where she was also detained with barbed wire and threatened with a machete.
On several occasions she was left in the shed overnight, wounded and in pain.
The brutal abuse involved the father using about five metal tools to rape his daughter, the court heard.
“The majority were relatively large and were not smooth edged,” Judge Huggett said.
Sometimes the girl was bashed with the tools after her father had used them to abuse her.
During a sentence hearing on Thursday Judge Huggett described the abuse as “profoundly disturbing”.
“It is fortunately rare to see offending of this type,” she said, during the day-long sentencing hearing.