A 74-year-old man who raped and sexually abused his daughter in Sydney so horrendously she developed thousands of identities to cope will likely die in jail after being sentenced to at least 33 years behind bars.
Richard Haynes, whose attempt to retract his mid-trial guilty pleas was rejected, was sentenced in the NSW District Court on Friday for abusing his daughter, Jeni, from 1974 to 1981.
Judge Sarah Huggett sentenced him to 45 years with a non-parole period of 33 years, meaning Haynes can’t be released until he is 104. He showed no emotion as he was sentenced.
Jeni has been diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder and has about 2500 personalities.
“A large number of the offences included significant gratuitous cruelty,” Judge Huggett said on Friday.
Haynes was sentenced for 25 offences related to his rape and molestation of his daughter, beginning the year the family moved to Australia and ending when they moved back to England.
Though his attacks often caused Jeni to bleed, urinate and cry, he continued and told her she deserved it and liked the abuse.
“This hurts me more than it hurts you,” he told her on one occasion.
“Mummy doesn’t want you and if you tell her, she will die and it will be your fault,” he said another time.
Jeni has a permanent colostomy bag, which she has described as a “degrading, daily reminder” of her father’s crimes, and unending problems with eyesight, hearing, dentistry and mental health.
While she was giving evidence at his trial in February, her father forced an adjournment and struck a plea deal.
But weeks after pleading guilty to 25 offences, including rape and buggery, he applied to return to his not-guilty pleas. Judge Huggett said the court could not entertain that request.
The judge said no sentence could possibly measure up to the “depraved and abhorrent” offending that Haynes was yet to explain.
Describing the child abuse among the worst to come before the court, Judge Huggett noted the physical harm was often accompanied with “significant gratuitous cruelty”, including extreme psychological manipulation.