Stepdad raped 10-year-old girl for 4 years
Her parents divorced when she was three and when her mother's new boyfriend became part of their family, the 10-year-old thought she would finally have a father figure to protect her.
Instead, he beat and raped her until she was 14 years old. The girl kept the rapes to herself as she was afraid her stepfather would beat her, and that her family would not believe her.
The abuse came to light when the girl's biological father and his new wife took her to the hospital for the bruises on her body.
On Tuesday, the 40-year-old stepfather was sentenced to 26 years' jail and 24 strokes of the cane after he pleaded guilty to two counts of rape. Another two counts of rape were taken into consideration. The offences took place between 2006 and 2010.