12 years in jail for raping stepdaughter

A musician who was found guilty earlier this month of raping and sexually assaulting his stepdaughter has been jailed for 12 years.

The 66-year-old man, who cannot be named to protect the victim’s identity, had pleaded not guilty in the Central Criminal Court to one count of rape, one count of oral rape, and 27 counts of sexual assault of his stepdaughter between 1994 and 2000. The jury convicted him on all counts following a trial. He had no previous convictions.

The victim was aged between 10 and 16 at the time.

In a victim impact statement read to the court, the woman said she suffered from anxiety and panic attacks as a result of the abuse and rape. She had flashbacks which “have no real trigger” and they could happen in any or all situations.

She felt guilt and shame because of what her stepfather did to her.

“When he was abusing me or raping me I tried to imagine it was not happening and I was somewhere else,” her statement continued.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt ordered the man be registered as a sex offender for life. He imposed 12 years on the rape count, eight years for oral rape, and two and a half years for the sexual assault charges, the sentences to run concurrently.


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