A father raped his own teenage daughter to “show her” that sex with men was better after she told him she was questioning her sexuality.
The 54-year-old manreacted with “uncontrolled anger” by brutally attacking the 16-year-old who had confided in him that she was “struggling with her identity”.
The father, who cannot be named to protect the identities of his victims, also raped his other daughter during two decades of sexual abuse.
He has been sentenced to 21 years in prison after being found guilty of three rapes during the 1980s and 90s.
Judge Andrew Lockhart told the rapist: “The court heard from both of these two women. They have both been severely psychologically damaged by your behaviour.
“Listening to [one of the victim’s] evidence of her feeling of guilt at leaving her sister to face you was the most harrowing of evidence.”
The father had pled not guilty to nine charges of indecent assault, one of indecency with a child and three charges of rape, but was found guilty on all counts.
The father began with sexual abuse of one daughter but moved on to abusing the other daughter after she left home.
The judge Court heard how the oldest daughter had been groomed from the age of 11.
“It affected her greatly,” said the judge. “She left the home, and she thought her sister would be safe, because she thought you would never touch (her) in the same way.
“But you groomed your [other] daughter in the same way and began assaults on her.
“As a 16-year-old girl she realised she was gay and, struggling with her identity as many people do at that age, she decided to tell you.
“You reacted by showing real and uncontrolled anger, and you decided to rape her to show her why it would be better to have sex with men than women. Her evidence made harrowing listening.
“That rape involved degradation and humiliation. The offence demonstrated your hostility towards her as a lesbian.”