Saturday 22 July 2017

Austrian father abused captive daughters for 41 years

AUSTRIAN police say they are investigating allegations a man locked up his two mentally disabled daughters and sexually abused them for 41 years.

Police said that the 80-year-old repeatedly raped the women between 1970 and May 2011. The alleged victims are now 53 and 45 years old.

The suspect, who lives near the northern town of Braunau, kept the women locked in a small kitchen with only a wooden bench as a bed, police said.

"The accused repeatedly threatened to kill them and threatened them with weapons," police said in a statement.

The man banned his daughters from having "any social contact," the statement added, without making clear if they were confined all the time.

The suspect and the alleged victims were not named.

The Oberoesterreichischen Nachrichten newspaper reported that the women escaped when the father was unable to get up after the older daughter pushed him over when he tried to rape her.

The allegations evoke the case of Austrian Josef Fritzl, who imprisoned his daughter in a windowless cellar for 24 years and repeatedly raped her.

Independent News Service

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