On Thursday, the court sentenced a 37-year-old man from Zwolle to seven years in prison for abusing his minor daughter and stepdaughter for years.
The court blames the man for the abuse, because he deprived the victims of a safe environment during their youth. The daughters were five and nine years old when the abuse started. He also abused his own daughter with a belt.
According to the court, the man has seriously and physically damaged his daughters. Especially in the case of the stepdaughter, because she already had a serious history and vulnerability that the man was aware of before she came to live with him.
De Zwollenaar denied having abused his daughter during the trial. However, the victims say they have lived in hell for years. "I hope you get the highest punishment and learn from it," the 16-year-old daughter said in her victim statement early October.
Psychological research shows that the man is gifted, but has no personality problems. The court therefore considers him fully accountable.
He also has to pay his daughters compensation of 25,000 euros and was imposed a five-year contact ban.
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