Three Indian-origin men, residents of Cardiff, who repeatedly raped a woman in their family for several years have been convicted and sentenced to long years in prison.
The three persons sentenced by the Cardiff Crown Court are the 27-year-old victim's step-father, step-uncle and brother-in-law. The step-uncle and step-father are illegal immigrants, and will deported at the end of their sentences.
The 55-year-old step-uncle, and 50-year-old step-father were jailed with minimum recommended terms of 20 and 15 years respectively, while her 27-year-old brother-in-law was jailed for 12 years.
The step-uncle admitted before the court that he was the father of the child conceived when the victim was 14 years old. He was convicted of seven counts of rape, three of indecency with a child, and one of indecent assault.
During the hearing, the court was told that the victim's ordeal began at the age of five when she was raped by her step-uncle. She became pregnant at 14, but was locked in a wardrobe so that visitors would not see her condition.
Prosecuting lawyer Marion Lewis told: "The girl was already seven months pregnant when she first saw a doctor about her condition. When the baby was born, the girl's parents told friends and neighbours it was their own, before flying their daughter to India for an arranged marriage."
Judge Patrick Curran told the step-uncle: "Not content with your own sexual abuse on her, you encouraged the others to treat her like an unpaid and unwilling prostitute. You all then involved yourselves in a group rape on her."