Father and uncle 'filmed child rapes'

Published Wednesday, 22 January 2014
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An alleged victim of three men accused of years of child sex abuse has told their trial that her father and uncle took turns to rape her while filming the abuse.

Father and uncle 'filmed child rapes'
The trial into alleged child rape by three men continues at Coleraine Courthouse (© UTV)

The men, who can't be named for legal reasons, deny a total of 56 charges dating back to the 1990s.

The jury has already heard claims that the men would play cards during drinking parties and that the winner would be first to rape the girl.

She and her brother are alleged to have been abused for most of the 1990s, beginning when the girl was seven and the boy was just six.

On Wednesday, she told Coleraine Crown Court that her father set up a video camera in a bedroom and that he filmed himself and her uncle raping her.

I just knew what they were going to do. They took turns to rape me. They had a video camera on a tripod - they would film me while they raped me.

Alleged victim

She said she was raped every time she had to stay at her estranged father's home and that he began bringing other men to his home - including the other two defendants, her uncle and a family friend.

She described how all three defendants had abused her, and she claimed her father would watch as other men raped her.

She said he laughed as he watched.

She also claimed she'd endured years of physical abuse - beatings, being punched, kicked - and that her father even put cigarettes out on her body, calling her his ashtray.

She further alleges that they would later make her watch the videos they made of the abuse.

"They would watch the videos and I would have to watch too," she said.

The trial, in front of a jury of six women and six men, continues.

© UTV News
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