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Girl raped by stepdad.

A FATHER who raped his schoolgirl stepdaughter and made her pregnant with his child was yesterday jailed for 12 years.

The 43-year-old stepdad threatened to "bury her in the ground" if the girl, 16, spoke the truth about his rape attacks.

She believed the man, from Ely, Cardiff, was her natural father as he carried out his reign of sex abuse.

Cardiff Crown Court heard she became pregnant with his child but suffered a miscarriage when she was 16.

Prosecutor Tracey Lloyd Nesling said: "From the time she was 16 she was repeatedly raped by the defendant. When she was 16 she fell pregnant but she suffered a miscarriage.

He told her to tell people the father was a boy at her school." Ms Lloyd Nesling said the man, who cannot be identified to protect the girl, issued death threats to his step-daughter.

The court heard he was caught after the girl sent a text message to her aunt saying what had happened.

Elizabeth Pearson, defending, said the man had been abused "at home and in the care of social services" as a child.

The man pleaded guilty to three counts of rape and three counts of common assault. He was jailed for a total of 12 years and will be on the sex offenders' register indefinitely..
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Apr 4, 2009
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