I.n Great Britain, 40 years after a minor was raped, a pensioner was sentenced to 11 years in prison on the basis of a DNA analysis – the genetic material came from his daughter who was conceived in the crime. The now 74-year-old perpetrator was caught because the daughter had “the tenacity and determination” to get justice “for herself and her mother,” said the judge in Birmingham on Tuesday.
The rape victim was 13 years old at the time of the crime. The girl became pregnant and put the child up for adoption shortly after birth. The daughter learned the circumstances of her conception at the age of 18, when she had the first right to inspect her files. The woman spoke in court of a “terrifying” discovery.
She was saddened to be “personifying one of the worst things that can happen to someone,” said the woman. According to the judge, the crime was “swept under the carpet” by the authorities.
The woman conceived in the act then campaigned for a new investigation into the case. She was able to convince her biological mother to file a complaint. Based on the DNA analysis, the fatherhood of the now convicted 74-year-old was determined. The man had previously denied being the father.
In court, the man confessed to having sexual intercourse with the minor, but claimed that it was consensual. The girl pretended to be 16 years old. The judge rejected this representation. The perpetrator tries to “put the blame on the victim”.
However, the process has made the relationship between mother and child even worse. “This lawsuit has made the relationship between me and my birth mother even more complicated and, in my opinion, has caused a deeper division, which is extremely tragic. Because you decided to rape a child, we are still paying the price, ”the daughter said to her mother’s rapist. She added: “I just want it to stop. I just want to live the rest of my life in peace. “