Dad who raped his own daughter is spared jail because he’s got Alzheimer’s Sam CorbishleyThursday 19 Sep 2019 11:09 am Share this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messenger 17 SHARES Dennis Cottee may have faced the prospect of dying behind bars had he been ruled fit to stand trial (Picture: Swindon Advertiser/SWNS) A father who subjected his own daughters to a ‘devastating and debilitating’ campaign of sexual abuse was spared jail because he has Alzheimer’s. Dennis Cottee, 85, began molesting the girls when they were as young as 11 and four, raping the older girl in her mid-teens and repeatedly assaulting the other. The older girl was also targeted by her brother Jaques Cottee, who was jailed for nearly four years after being found guilty of incest at Swindon Crown Court. But his father was ruled unfit to stand trial after the court heard of his diagnosis and that he was receiving palliative care. Judge Jason Taylor QC said it was ‘with a heavy heart’ that he let Cottee Snr., from the Broad Town area of Swindon in Wiltshire, off with a two-year supervision order after 12 charges were found proven against him. Cottee Snr. (front in wheelchair) and son Jacques Cottee (behind in white shirt and black jacket) who was jailed for incest over his abuse of the older girl (Picture: Swindon Advertiser/SWNS) He said: ‘It’s clear to me that these actions have had a devastating and debilitating effect on their lives and will continue to do so as they move forward. ‘They are emotionally and psychologically scarred and they always will be.’ Following the convictions the two victims asked to partially wave their right to anonymity to ensure their abusers were named publicly. Cottee started abusing his older daughter after she started secondary school. He got her to perform sex acts on him as he drove back to their farm, simulated sex with her and eventually raped her when she was in her mid-teens. MORE: UK Trans woman woke up on male ward after undergoing knee surgery Families forced to sell homes to get medical cannabis – even though it’s legal Nurses played on phones while patient, 22, hanged herself The younger girl’s ordeal began when Cottee similarly got the then-four-year-old to perform a sex act on him as they sat in a parked car outside a row of shops in Cricklade. On one occasion he molested her on an upstairs landing as a family friend lay dying of cancer in a nearby room. She said: ‘While he was doing this I had to listen to her dying. She was gargling. She was rattling.’ Judge Taylor sentenced Cottee to a two-year supervision order, with the defendant placed under the eye of the probation service. He must also sign the sex offender’s register for five years.
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