Man who raped stepdaughter since she was 9 leading to three aborted pregnancies sentenced to 20 years in jail
A man named Anoyke Andrews, from Milton Keynes, has reportedly been sentenced to 20 years in jail after he was found guilty of raping his stepdaughter from the age of nine. The 44-year-old man, who was in a relationship with the girl's mother, 50-year-old Mary-Louisa Andrews raped the girl multiple times till the age of 16 in their home, resulting in three pregnancies that were terminated. The abuse is said to have begun when the family was on a holiday in Southport.
The girl's mother has also been slapped with a three-year sentence for taking no action to stop the incidents from happening. Mary-Louisa reportedly told the court that she was afraid to talk about it fearing that he would leave her. Prosecuting counsel Angus Robertson also told the court something similar, revealing that the girl had her first pregnancy when she was 12 years old.
"Mrs. Andrews always insisted that a young man was responsible and the girl should tell the boy he was the father. Mr. Andrews continued to have regular intercourse with the victim after that termination," he told the court. She is said to have knowledge of the incidents since August 2003, when her daughter was 12 years old. She, however, refused to believe her cries for help.
When the girl conceived again at age 13, she told Mary-Louisa that the father was her husband. "Both defendants were attempting to have a child of their own," Robertson said. "Mrs Andrews considered this, but told her to 'get rid of it'."
The girl was also raped by Anoyke's brother and he had knowledge of the incident. He had continued to let his brother visit, in spite of it. The mother is also said to have refused to help her daughter even though she pleaded for her help. The name of the man has come to light after the girl, who is now 28 years old, waived her right to anonymity so that their names could be out in the open. The girl alerted authorities of what she had gone through years later, but both Anoyke and Mary-Louisa denied any wrongdoings.
Judge Francis Sheridan, who sentenced her said that she didn't have any remorse after she burst into tears at the sentencing. "The tears you shed are for yourself. I do not think any of them are for your daughter. I am not in any way influenced. You have not shown any sign of remorse. It is time somebody told you to your face — and I will: You were a wicked mother," Sheridan said.
Mary-Louisa's Aylesbury Crown Court appearance had been delayed due to a panic attack and the sentencing was delayed until May 28. The judge also said that although he wanted to give her four years in jail, her daughter had spoken about her in mitigation. "She wants no further contact with you. She wants you out of her life," he added.
"When your daughter complained, her complaints were dismissed. You will take that dismissal to the grave. You betrayed your daughter to stand by your husband," Sheridan said, adding, "She has gone through what can only be described as a life of hell. There must have been times in her young life where there appeared to be almost no remission from abuse."
Anoyke, who reportedly appeared in the sentencing via a video link, was told that he was an "evil and wicked step-father". Sheridan told him, "The jury believed your step-daughter. That is her first step to recovery from a life of hell inflicted by you, with the sex drive of a monster. You treated your step-daughter as an object. If you wanted sexual contact, she had to deliver and the poor little thing was scared to say anything and when she did, her complaints were dismissed. A little girl, an innocent little girl, corrupted and for those years whilst under your care, her life was ruined."