Operation Bullfinch Day 16: Police refused to DNA test clothes, dad tells child sex trial jury
From the Oxford Mail - the only paper reporting this trial which is being ignored by the national newspapers. Well done Ben Wilkinson Crime Reporter at the CCC Old Bailey daily.
A DAD has said it “defies belief” his daughter was abused by a child sex gang while she was known to police, the Old Bailey heard. The father of unnamed complainant Girl 1 told the jury he would “desperately” search Oxford for his missing daughter.
Girl 1 is one of six to claim they were abused between the ages of 11 and 15 by a child sex exploitation gang in Oxford between 2004 and 2012. Her dad told the court she had gone missing more than 70 times and often returned in stained clothes looking “awful”.
And she told him police knew what was happening to her.
He said: “Under normal police protection she continued to be abused and assaulted. Which is something that defies belief.” And he said she told him: “They know where I have been, they know what’s going on.”
Police refused to do DNA tests on clothing found in the child’s room, the jury heard.
Her father said: “We believed there was something sinister going on. We were shocked and horrified they wouldn’t take the clothing.” He also said police never told him anything. He said: “They always told me there was nothing they were prepared to tell me or share with me. That was a consistent theme throughout several years.”
The man also criticised the children’s home in Henley on Thames where his daughter stayed in 2006. He said the manager had been “dismissed” after refusing to pay his daughter’s taxi fare so she was driven back to Oxford where she was abused again. He said communication with the home was “poor”, adding: “It wasn’t a place we believed was particularly well run.”
The man sobbed as he told the jury his daughter “rapidly” lost weight and came home smelling.
He said he would go out looking for her, taking a photograph of her and asking at cinemas, pubs, and nightclubs.
He said: “We didn’t have a clue what was happening. All we knew was we were terrified because our child was missing, effectively disappearing off the face of the earth for days at a time.” But he said police told him to stop looking for his daughter in 2006 as it was “detrimental to her well-being”.
The court also heard he found her bleeding and with cigarette burns. He said once she told him: “I’m not going to tell you anything because they threatened to kill my family.”
Posted on 02/06/2013 7:00 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax