A FATHER has been jailed for more than 12 years after a court heard he sexually abused his three children so regularly on a Saturday night, they grew to dread that night of the week.
Although events were happy and normal on other nights the two girls and their brother knew what would happen to one or more of them when their mother went to visit her sister that night of the weekend.
Philip Adams, prosecuting, told Leeds Crown Court yesterday the abuse spanned about a 10-year period from 1973 but the children felt they could not speak out, and even when they were adults and spoke for the first time together they decided to remain quiet for the sake of their mother.
But he said the offences came to light last year after their father told his sister what he had done and the police were informed.
An investigation began and the trio then described their childhood ordeal, revealing how their father would indecently assault them while washing them in the bath and make them touch him sexually after he had a bath.
One girl said she knew what would follow when he told her to bring the cleaning fluid to the bathroom.
He also accepted simulating sex with one of the youngsters in the bath. The boy said his sisters suffered more attention than him.
One of his sisters said she was also made to touch her father in front of her brother on occasions while they were watching television downstairs.
In a victim impact statement one said: “A dad should be someone who you can put your trust in, who does not betray your trust.”
Jailing the 63-year-old grandfather from Leeds for a total of 12 and a half years, Judge Sally Cahill QC told him: “It appears every Saturday night was a night these three children came to dread.”
She said when their mother went out “you targeted these three children and used them for your own purposes.”
While there was no physical coercion there was emotional pressure because “you were there father which meant these children had no choice whatsoever.”
The father admitted 14 charges of indecent assault and 14 of indecency with a child.