An 81-year-old pensioner, Ashraf Khan, was sentenced to four and a half years in prison after admitting incest charges issued by his daughter who he fathered three children with.
Ashraf from Bradford, West Yorkshire, England, was arrested after his children learned about the horrifying truth as their mother was on her deathbed.
Determined to pursue justice, the woman’s husband conducted a DNA investigation to confirm that Ashraf fathered the children of his wife.
According to the prosecutor, Abigail Langford, the complainant of this case was born in the 1960s in Pakistan. She married her husband in the early 1980s and traveled to Bradford together with her husband and her father, Ashraf.
Over the years, Ashraf abused the woman and fathered three of her children.
Her husband did his best to raise the three children as his own.
“It was on her deathbed she told her husband the defendant was in fact the father of her three children,” the prosecutor said.
According to the reports, the husband didn’t report the incident to the police right away. “He wished to continue to act as a father and care for the children he had brought up as his own,” Langford added.
In 2012, an official report was made but Khan had already left England and didn’t return until 2016. Upon his arrival, he “denied having any sexual relations with his daughter.”
After a medical investigation, however, the three children fathered by Khan had various diseases “directly linked to their incestual parentage.”
The children accused Ashraf of being responsible for both physical and mental issues that they are facing. They also thanked their mother’s husband for taking care of them and being “selflessness throughout the years.”
Eventually, Khan pleaded guilty to 3 counts of incest and turned himself in one month before the trial.
His lawyer explained that the client suffers from health issues but accepts that the prison sentence is just. “He comes to court today knowing that it must be an immediate custodial sentence,” he said.
“You are a very dishonourable and wicked gentleman, we all now see. Those who do this will be regarded as very serious offenders, but in this case, the harm is off the scale,” Judge Jonathan Durham Hall said.
Ashraf was sentenced to 54 months in prison due to three counts of incest running simultaneously. According to the judge, a maximum sentence for incest is two years.
“We would like this case to bring awareness of incest being committed, and for other people who may have experienced something similar to come forward so that other offenders who have committed similar crimes can be tried through the courts,” one of the woman’s three abused children said.
Judge Jonathan Durham Hall
The children’s victim impact statement read:
“The only one who was there for us was a man of no blood relation who brought us up as if we were his own children.
“The significant choice and sacrifice he made, we will never be able to be thank him enough.
“It takes a special man to be a dad, as anyone can be a father. He is one of a kind and we will never be able to repay him for what he has done for us.
“The man pleading guilty was life-changing for us. He had portrayed a clean-cut image for many years, but secrets cannot be hidden and lies eventually catch up with you.
“The psychological and mental damage he has done is significant to so many lives, especially to our lives. It has been a long journey from discovering the horrific acts he committed to his daughter to reporting the matter to the police.
“With the help and support of the fantastic police force and the CPS, today, after many, many years since our mother passed away, we have finally got justice for our mum.”
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