25 November 2017

Mother helped her partner rape her 13-year-old daughter

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The woman joined her partner in the abuse after plying the teen with alcohol while watching The Professionals on television, at their home in Barnstaple, Devon, in the 1980s. reports citing Dailymail that, she helped carry out the horrific abuse because she was in thrall to her boyfriend, Exeter Crown Court was told.

The woman, now aged 70, denies rape, two counts of indecent assault, and child cruelty.

She claimed she was forced to take part by her overbearing partner, who has since died.

David Sapiecha, prosecuting, told the jury the events took place between 1978 and 1982, when the woman and her daughter were living with the man at various addresses in Barnstaple.

He said it is not in dispute that the stepfather had sex with the girl when she was 13 and that she had to endure the embarrassment of a pregnancy, which ended when she miscarried at 20 weeks.

Mr Sapiecha said the rape happened after the two adults had plied the girl with alcohol while watching television on a Sunday evening.

She felt ill but they kept her off school the next day and took her to their bedroom where they acted together in forcing her to have sex.

Mr Sapiecha said: 'The girl was crying and wanted it to stop.

'But rather than stopping this depraved abuse, as you would expect any mother to do, she touched the girls breasts and private parts and stimulated the man.

'She was saying no but the stepfather forced her to open her mouth, causing an injury which bled, and she assisted him. He then penetrated her and the mother pulled the girl's left leg apart.'

Mr Sapiecha said there were further occasions when the man had sex with the girl and that the mother told a neighbour about the abuse.

When the daughter questioned her mother about the ordeal she told her: 'If I had to choose between him and you; I would choose him every time', the court heard.

Mr Sapiecha said her failure to protect her daughter from the abuse amounted to child neglect.

Mr Sapiecha said: 'On her own account, she knew the stepfather was having sexual activity with a girl aged 13 to 15.

'She knew about it and did nothing, whether that meant stopping it physically or telling the police or social services.

'She could have moved the child away. That is the least one might expect from any mother in these circumstances.'

The mother told police she had no option but to agree with her partner because she was also subjected to humiliating sexual assaults and was under his control.

The trial continues.

2017.11.14 / 14:59
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