Tuesday, 30 September 2008

'Parasitic' grandfather jailed for sex offences

An elderly man who sexually abused eight members of his family over almost four decades has been sentenced to 18 years in jail.

The 76-year-old man, who can only be identified as RP, sexually abused his daughters, stepdaughters and granddaughters over 37 years, only stopping when he was caught in 2007.

The court heard the youngest of his victims was four-years-old.

RP pleaded guilty to 29 counts including incest, carnal knowledge and indecent assault.

In sentencing, Justice Philip Cummins said RP's offending was vile and parasitical, and against victims who were wholly vulnerable.

He said RP had caused his victims suffering and anguish for which he had limited genuine remorse.

RP will serve a non-parole period of 12 years.

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