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.
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 most grave 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.
‘I find that you do present an ongoing risk of further offending of this nature, and that you are dangerous.
‘You will serve at least two-thirds of the 14 years in custody, and your case will then be referred to the Parole Board.
‘You will only be released when the Parole Board considers it safe to do so..’
On top of the prison sentence, the man was told he would serve five years on licence when he is released.
The court heard he was finally caught when his wife discovered a video that was over a minute long on his phone.
It showed her husband in their bedroom with their young daughter sexually assaulting her before the video stops.
Judge Lockhart told the court: ‘The assumption is that an act then took place.
‘The court would not need an impact statement from a child who, between the ages of four and seven, had been routinely raped by her father.’
Prosecutor Amy Jackson said: ‘It would seem he was using his mobile phone to record it on more than the occasion from which the video was found by her mother.’
Jonathan Coode, defending, said: ‘He has faced up to it by his pleas. He has made two suicide attempts in prison. He is desperately remorseful.’