A ‘wicked’ pensioner who fathered three children with his own daughter some 30 years ago has been jailed. Ashraf Khan’s twisted secret was only discovered after his victim confessed on her deathbed in the early 1990s. The daughter’s husband, who had DNA tests done to confirm the children’s parentage, finally reported the matter to police in 2012.
Khan, now 81, was sentenced to four and half years in prison yesterday after admitting three charges of incest. Sentencing the OAP, the Recorder of Bradford, Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC, said: ‘You are a very dishonourable and wicked gentleman, we all now see. ‘Her deathbed confession, how dreadful that must have been.
Unburdening her soul about this awful trauma she had carried with her. ‘When arrested, you denied matters. Only in the month before your trial did you admit your guilt when you were confronted with the facts and had nowhere to go. ‘Those who do this will be regarded as very serious offenders, but in this case, the harm is off the scale. ‘You are of good character, but that is a shallow comment, because you have got away with this for years.’
The court heard the complainant, one of Khan’s six children, was born in Pakistan in the 1960s. She married her husband there in the early 1980s, before moving to Bradford, West Yorkshire, to join him and her father. She went on to give birth to three children in that decade before she died.
‘It was on her deathbed that she told her husband that the defendant was in fact the father of her three children. ‘He [the woman’s husband] wished to continue to act as a father and care for the children he had brought up as his own,’ said Abigail Langford, prosecuting.
Khan was back in Pakistan when matters were reported to police in 2012. When he finally returned in 2016, Khan ‘denied having sexual relations with his daughter.’ However, the dad finally pleaded guilty one month before his proposed trial.
Nigel Jamieson, defending, said Khan, from Lidget Green, Bradford suffered from poor health, but accepted that a prison sentence would not be unjust. He said: ‘He (Khan) comes to court today knowing that it must be an immediate custodial sentence. The sentence must be a punitive one, however much time has passed since the offences.’
Speaking after the case, one of the woman’s three children said: ‘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.’ Extracts of the childrens’ victim statement read out in court said: ‘No amount of words can explain what we have been through or what we are going through.
‘You hear and read about men who commit incest never thinking it would happen in your own family, especially to your own mother. ‘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 that he made we will never be able to be thank him enough. ‘We cannot begin to imagine what he has been through in terms of how it has affected him mentally, psychologically, and emotionally. ‘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. ‘Everything we are suffering and going through has all been a big rollercoaster and surreal.’
Source: Metro UK