IT was parental child abuse so abhorrent it is difficult to comprehend that it happened at all, let alone in local suburbs.
It happened at homes residents may have driven past or properties they neighbour.
It occurred not in eerily secluded confines, but in abodes among communities.
The atrocities of a paedophile father sharing his daughter with six male strangers happened in suburbia north of Perth.
The perpetrator (42), sentenced to 22-and-a-half years in jail on Thursday, lived in a suburb in the City of Wanneroo.
The man cannot be named to protect the identity of the victim, now aged 14.
She was aged between 11 and 13 during the time of her abuse.
The disturbing reality of it culminated in District Court Judge Philip Eaton’s sentencing remarks , as quoted from a transcript of proceedings.
The father pleaded guilty to 62 charges involving the rape and exploitation of his biological daughter.
“It is clear that you had whilst she was in your care developed a completely inappropriate sexual relationship with her, and that you fostered and encouraged her during that period to have sexual encounters with a series of adult males,” Judge Eaton said.
“Your needs required that you involve other men, and that you gained some degree of sexual gratification from viewing their sexual conduct with your daughter, which on occasions involved a high degree of depravity and exploitation.”
He met one of the men at a Quinns Rocks beach after posting an ad on online classifieds website Craigslist.
On a separate occasion, he took the victim to the Wanneroo home of a man.
There the father and the other man are alleged to have filmed the frightened girl as she lay shackled to a bed dressed in a bondage outfit, which left her degradingly exposed.
Prosecutor Justin Whalley told the District Court the victim could be heard to say, “stop, please, Dad.”
It is accounts such as this that have the case considered one of the worst in almost 190 years of WA judicial history.
In referencing the unprecedented level of abuse, Mr Whalley asked Judge Eaton to consider, when sentencing the father, that he could make little comparison to any other child abuse case.
“Sentences customarily imposed in cases of this kind are going to be of some but limited relevance because to the best of the State’s knowledge, there have been no other cases of this kind,” he said.
Most of the abuse happened at the offender’s home, where, on one occasion, a man showered with the victim.
Mr Whalley informed the court the girl pushed the man away in the shower and told him he was disgusting.
While a letter from the offender to the court expressed remorse, Mr Whalley doubted it was genuine because the offender had told police the abuse was fun while it lasted.
The man had no prior history of offending and, in the recollection of his life given by Judge Eaton, had not suffered any child abuse of his own.
Judge Eaton said the man was adopted at an early age; later in life he married the victim’s mother, but the marriage failed.
The man remarried and his daughter began living with him and his new wife.
Again, the marriage failed.
The victim continued to live with the offender.
“It seems that by the time of the breakdown of the relationship with your second wife occurred, an inappropriate relationship with your daughter had either developed or was developing,” Judge Eaton said.
“It is clear that you and she shared a bed following the separation.
“It seems likely that she replaced your second wife as a sexual partner and provider of emotional support.”
Judge Eaton said besides a diagnosis of paedophilia, the offender was not suffering from a major mental illness.
He will be eligible for parole in 2035.
Two men, Dawid Volmer, of Banksia Grove, and Benjamin Simon Clarke, of Bedfordale, have been jailed for their part in the girl’s abuse.
Four others remain before the court.