Father abused 8-year-old daughter

A 44-year-old man who indecently assaulted his 8-year-old daughter has been jailed for six months.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted to a string of sexual offences.

The court heard how he had made his victim watch pornography, including a sex-tape of himself and his girlfriend, before indecently assaulting her.

Cayman Islands Chief Magistrate Nova Hall said the victim had suffered emotional and psychological problems as a result of the abuse and will require long-term counselling.

“She is experiencing guilt for having brought these events to light and is upset her father may go to jail,” Ms Hall said. “She has not yet reached the stage where she realises she was the victim and not at fault.”

The Grand Cayman resident admitted two counts of indecent assault, one of common assault, one of insulting the modesty of a woman and two counts of making obscene publications.

Magistrate Hall sentenced him to nine months in prison in the recent sentencing for the “most serious” of the indecent assaults. She gave separate custodial sentences for two of the other offences, but ordered they run concurrently, meaning he will serve no additional jail time.

She also suspended three months of the sentence for two years, meaning he will serve six months behind bars in total. If he commits another offence within two years, he will be liable to serve the remaining three months of his sentence.

Ms Hall said she had taken into consideration the fact that the man had entered a guilty plea, had apparently been abused himself as a teenager and was undergoing psychotherapy and taking medication to “address his situation”.

Outlining the offences at an earlier hearing, crown counsel Michael Snape said the sexual harassment had started in a general way, with the defendant telling his daughter to wear skirts instead of shorts.

It quickly escalated to physical assaults. On one occasion he took the girl to his workplace and made her sit on his lap and watch pornographic videos while he touched her inappropriately. On a second occasion he took her to a hotel and again put on pornography and performed a sex act on himself.

He asked her if she would perform a specific sexual act, she said no and went into the bathroom and started to cry, Mr. Snape said.

Mr. Snape said the offences were magnified because the man was in a position of trust, as the victim’s father.

Ben Tonner, for the defendant, said his client had shown genuine remorse and stopped the abuse before it was reported to police.

He said he had been living with another woman and her family since the allegations of abuse had come to light and there had been no similar offences. The woman had written a note, which was given to the judge to consider during sentencing, indicating that she trusted him in a “position of responsibility within the family”, Mr. Tonner said.

He said his client was sincere in his remorse and was taking steps, including counselling, to redress the problem.


  1. 6 months? Being caught with a splif for personal consumption nets 12 months? Something definitely wrong with our legal system.

    My heart goes out to the little girl. I hope you will recover from this trauma.

  2. I think it speaks volumes for the attitude of some people in the Cayman Islands to this type of crime that it was dealt with by a magistrate who handed down a derisory jail sentence.

    I would have thought six years or longer was more appropriate.

  3. I cannot tolerate any instances where innocent children are victims of any kind of abuse. Capital punishment immediately springs to mind…. Put these animals away for life or just put them out of their misery once and for all and never allow them to hurt another human being as long as they breathe.
    Children are beautiful defensless, innocent human beings and need to be treated as such.

  4. Where is the JUSTICE for this child? What a 6 months jail sentence! He got a slap on the wrist.

    He’s a sick individual and should have to serve a much longer prison term.
    He did this to his own child, and he will most likely commit these disgusting acts again on someone else’s child.
    My heart goes out to this child, and I will keep you in my prayers.

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