A father who raped his daughter ‘almost daily’ from the age of four has been jailed for 14 years.
He was caught out when his wife found a video of him sexually abusing the girl in their bedroom.
Metro UK reports that the man, who is in his 30s but cannot be named to protect the girl’s identity, abused the girl over a three-year period until his wife found the footage on his phone.
She contacted police and he was arrested on suspicion of rape. He initially tried to claim the man in the video wasn’t him but later admitted what he’d done.
He was jailed for 14 years at Warwick Crown Court after he admitted rape, sexual assault, assault by penetration and taking indecent images of the girl.
Judge Andrew Lockhart QC told him: ‘I must sentence you for the gravest of sexual offences against that young child.
“This behaviour was remarkably regular, taking place almost daily. There have been rape, upon rape, upon rape from the age of four.
“It is one of the gravest cases of child rape this court has ever had to consider, and I am entitled to infer you recorded this abuse on more than the one occasion for your own terrible purposes.
“You protected yourself by telling her not to tell anyone and, terrified, she kept your terrible secret. There is no psychological assessment of her, but there doesn’t need to be.
“A child of this age, exposed to routine rapes by her father, will in the future be suffering severely psychologically. Her memories will be affected for her whole life.
“I turn to the psychiatric report on you. This report, in my view fails to take into account that this was very long-term offending.”