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Mother who held down her teenage daughter as her partner raped her sentenced to seven years in prison

Published 22/04/2016

The teenager had been staying with her 36-year-old mother in April 2015 when her mother held her down (Picture posed)
The teenager had been staying with her 36-year-old mother in April 2015 when her mother held her down (Picture posed)

A mother who held her daughter down as her partner raped her has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

A court in Queensland, Australia heard that the woman had whispered in her daughter’s ear that her partner wished to have sex with her the night before her 15th birthday.

The girl had been sleeping in the couple’s bed.

The teenager had been staying with her 36-year-old mother in April 2015 when her mother held her down and removed her underwear, despite hearing her cries for help.

Judge Michael Shanahan said in summary that even though minimal violence was used the pair had threatened the girl to keep quiet about the rape and had deeply traumatised her, News Mail Australia reports.

He said he did not see a difference between the offences when it came to holding her down or committing the physical rape.

He described the mother’s actions as “a substantial break of trust from a mother to her daughter”.

“She was resisting and told you to stop”, he added.

The couple were both found guilty of two counts of rape each.

They were both handed down a sentence of three years on count one, and seven years on count two, to be served concurrently.

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