Details of the abuse of a “domineering” father who raped, tortured and imprisoned his young daughter for years has been detailed in a Sydney court.


The NSW father, 59, who cannot be identified, started abusing his daughter when she was five years old and it continued until she was 19, Judge Sarah Huggett told Sydney’s District Court during a sentence hearing on Thursday, reports 9 news.

The court heard the 73 charges related to years of sexual torture and abuse.

The abuse would often occur in a dilapidated shed on the family’s rural property. Where the girl’s wrists were tied with rope and often also restrained by barbed-wire.

She was often left in pain in the shed overnight, the court heard.

The court heard the girl had been raped with sharp metal tools and had buried them in an attempt to stop her father.

Judge Huggett described how the man “took tangled barbed wire with loops on the end and nailed it around her”, “locked her in a box overnight”, “held a chainsaw to her neck”, “held her head under water” and “put her on an ants nest”.

The court heard that the man fashioned a number of crude implements to penetrate and cut his daughter.

Judge Huggett said the girl was often in “excruciating pain” and once a wrote out a desperate message “in her own blood”.

The judge said the offences took place while the daughter was training at elite sporting events around Australia.

“If she did not perform a personal best [she] would be taken to the shed when they got home,” she said.

When the father was worried she might tell someone, he threatened to kill her. “I own you,” he said to his daughter, Judge Huggett said.

The court heard he told his victim’s siblings she was staying with a friend when she was absent from the family home.

While locked in the shed the girl had scratched “trapped” and “dad” into its wooden frame, the court heard.

Once, when he suspected she was pregnant, the father made her drop medicine balls on her stomach as a training exercise.

The girl’s mother is also being sentenced over 13 counts of sexual abuse. “The mother told the victim it is better to make noises during sexual intercourse, with her father saying ‘It would make it better for you and Dad’,” Judge Huggett said.

The hearing continues.

This makes our blood boil. How could anyone do such treacherous things to a child?

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  • I’m so horrified by this. This poor poor child. I hope she receives the help she needs and I hope he ends up in general circulation in prison where I’m sure he’ll get his just desserts. In this instance, I believe in an eye for an eye. And the mother too. Pure scum.


  • I have tears in my eyes for all these long years of torture. Terrible. What a disgusting man! And the mother was no better anyway. :-(


  • THIS is disgusting. How can a mother and father do this to their flesh and blood. I hope he gets treated worse in prison and he will definitely go to hell. Both parents should be given as much pain as possible and ensure they live a life endured with pain. Poor girl my heart goes to her


  • How horrific is this !! Poor girl. Hope & pray she isn’t damaged for good.
    Father needs to get a heavy lifelong sentence in prison with no chances to reduce the sentence and mum should get sentenced too !
    The children should be removed from the parents with prohibition of visits and no restoration plans.


  • disgusting things these so called parents! Lock them up in general population and have their karma served to them


  • What more can I say expect his abhorrant behaviour to his daughter shows less expect than animals show each other. What a low life and for the Mother to go along with it is almost as bad as she is willingly allowing it to occur. He could get life imprisonment (I mean life- no parole, home detention or reduced time for good behaviour) He should have to work to pay for his food, clothes etc. No TV etc. The Mother should be charged as an accessory. He and the Mother should not be allowed to see the children at all (they don’t need their lives ruined even more). The girl will need long term counselling and other support. Any sblings she has will need support too


  • Blood boil! What sort of human being, let alone a parent, could even conceive doing anything like this to a child?! So sick! I hope they find out his crime in prison and he gets what’s coming to him, not that it will ever be enough to pay for what he’s done. I hope the siblings have been removed from the home


  • My heart goes out to poor girl,a tragic way to have been bought up.


  • So disgusting and despicable! Poor girl, I wonder if she made attempts to tell anyone? And her mother also being charged, they should both do the maximum time for this horrible crime!


  • These people are sick. Lock them up for life. I hope this young woman gets all the help she needs to come to terms with what has happened to her over such a long period of time.


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