A man fathered his sister’s child after coercing her to have sex, a court heard.
The man was sentenced to 32 months in prison after admitting committing ‘repeated’ acts of incest against his sibling.
His sister gave birth to a daughter who was diagnosed with a serious physical disability, Manchester Evening News reported.
The brother, who was in his 20s at the time and cannot be named to protect his sister’s identity, had sex with his then teenage sibling on multiple occasions.
Manchester Crown Court was told the defendant was himself ‘severely damaged’ after suffering sexual, physical and emotional abuse.
”I didn’t want this to happen but he was the closest person I could go to,” the sister said in a statement to police.
“He was my brother. I loved him. Now I’m isolated and I don’t have any family. It sticks in your brain forever. This has ruined my life.”
Judge Hilary Manley described what happened as “a truly tragic case”.
The offences against the woman were committed in the 1990s in Greater Manchester.
During the first time he told her “it is okay, no one will know”.
She had tried to push him off but he continued, the court heard.
The sister later told police that such incidents happened several times.
She also suffered sexual abuse by other members of her family, the court heard.
On another occasion, the brother committed incest after they had drank alcohol and smoked cannabis together.
After that incident, she discovered she was pregnant with her brother’s child.
She lied to her mother but said she ‘felt too guilty’ to go to the police, prosecutor Alaric Bassano said.
The victim’s child now has serious health problems as an adult.
Prosecutors did not suggest there was a link between the child’s health difficulties and her parentage.
Judge Manley said: “(They) understandably has experienced and continues to experience horror and disgust at the knowledge of [their] conception and genetic heritage.”
In a statement read to the court, the victim said their ordeal “gave [her] the worst and the best of (her) life”, saying she loves her child “with all [her] heart”.
Defending, Benjamin Knight said the defendant suffered ‘years’ of ‘sadistic’ abuse and is now genuinely remorseful and was deemed to pose a ‘low risk’ of re-offending.
He asked the judge to spare him jail, saying prison ‘serves no purpose’ because the defendant would be ‘unlikely’ to receive treatment in custody.
But the judge said: “I cannot depart from the conclusion that these offences are so serious that only a sentence of immediate custody can be justified.”
The defendant admitted three counts of incest.
The maximum sentence available for the offence of incest at the time was seven years. The law has changed since.
Judges today are limited to imposing the sentences available at the time the offences were committed.