Published: 10:00, 06 August 2015
A Thanet father has been convicted of raping his five-year-old daughter more than 40 years ago - and then offering her for sex to a visiting coalman.
The offences took place in Ashford and involved four members of the same family, prosecutor Simon Taylor revealed.
The 83-year-old man – who cannot be named for legal reasons – had denied 17 charges.
The jury at Canterbury Crown Court – which convicted him on 15 of the sex offences - watched a recording of an interview made by one of the victims to police.
Often crying during her interview, the woman said he took her into the house and offered to make her porridge.
She said: “He then put a blindfold over my eyes. I didn’t know what was going on, I thought he was going to play Blind Man's Bluff."
He then forced her to perform a sex act.
"He told me not to say anything to my brothers and sisters because if I did men in white coats would come and take me away..." - victim
She added: "He then told me not to say anything to my brothers and sisters because if I did men in white coats would come and take me away," she said.
The woman added: “He was very, very strict. The slightest thing you would have done, like breaking a cup, he would line us up as kids. He would then pace up and down with his arms behind his back.”
She told how he would hit her with either a slipper or with a strap with a buckle sometimes leaving cuts.
The jury also heard how he said to his wife: “I need one of the b*****s”.
Later she told how when the coalman arrived to deliver fuel, the father offered her to him for sex.
Prosecutor Simon Taylor told the jury: “Her father stood there whilst the coalman raped her. In fact, she later elaborated and described how the father lifted up her dress and told the coalman: ‘You can have sex with her’.”
He will be sentenced at a later date.
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