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MY DAD MADE ME ACT OUT PORNO SCENES; Fritzl's daughter tells of dungeon hell.

Byline: By Jeremy Armstrong

MONSTER Josef Fritzl forced daughter Elisabeth to act out porn films in her cellar dungeon, his trial heard yesterday.

The beast stared at Elisabeth's face on a courtroom TV screen as she told how he would arrive in her tiny, squalid prison with boxes of X-rated movies.

He would then put tapes into a video recorder he had installed in the cellar and order her to re-enact his favourite scenes as he raped her. The torture would continue for hours at a time.

Elisabeth, now 42, spent 24 years in the dungeon and was raped more than 3000 times.

She looked into the camera and spoke clearly as she relived her father's cruelty.

A court spokesman said Fritzl watched here vidence "very carefully and attentively".

Few details have emerged about Elisabeth's 11 hours of video testimony, recorded last year to spare her the ordeal of facing Fritzl in court.

The tapes are being played behind closed doors because of Austrian laws to protect sex crime victims.

But sources confirmed that Elisabeth talked yesterday about Fritzl's sick obsession with porn, and also about the death of one of the seven children he fathered with her, Michael.

Fritzl denies murdering the tot by failing to get him to a doctor when he fell ill after his birth.

Michael died after three days, the court has heard, and Fritzl threw his body into a furnace in his basement.

The court also heard taped evidence from Elisabeth's brother Harald.

Fritzl, 73, arrived for day two of the trial in the town of St Poelten still clutching the large blue folder of legal notes he had used to hide his face the day before.

He again held the binder in front of his face as he ran the gauntlet of journalists outside.

But he let it drop briefly as he stood flanked by guards, allowing photographers to get the first pictures of him since his arrest.

The sadist has aged visibly since he was held 11 months ago.

Elisabeth's evidence was split into hour-long parts. There were breaks between each segment to allow Fritzl to be questioned and to give the eight-strong jury time to recover from what they had heard.

Prison bosses admitted yesterday that Fritzl has been given his own psychiatrist to help him cope with the "ordeal" of the trial and reduce the risk that he will commit suicide.

But a court official insisted: "There is no special treatment for Josef F."

Fritzl has admitted incest and pled "partly guilty" to rape.

He denies enslaving Elisabeth in the cellar of the family home in Amstetten, where she was held with three of her children while her other kids lived upstairs.

Elisabeth's evidence is now complete and the jury are due to hear from four expert witnesses.

A psychiatrist who interviewed Fritzl in jail will tell the court he will be a danger to women for the rest of his life.

Dr Adelhald Kastner's statement says: "He has a malicious vein, an almost unstoppable flood of destructive lava."

The court will also hear from an expert in the health of newborn babies, and an engineer and surveyor who examined the dungeon to find out whether Fritzl rigged up boobytraps to gas or electrocute Elisabeth and the children if they tried to escape.

A verdict is now expected tomorrow. Fritzl's lawyer says his client expects to die in jail.

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ORDEAL: Elisabeth when she was 15; FACE OF A BEAST: Fritzl yesterday and, above, hiding in the courtroom AP PHOTO
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Date:Mar 18, 2009
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