Bradford man committed incest by fathering three children by his own daughter
A Bradford man who committed incest by fathering three children by his own daughter has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.
Bradford Crown Court heard that Ashraf Khan’s secret was only discovered after the woman confessed on her deathbed in the early 1990s.
The defendant, now 81, was arrested after the woman’s husband, who had DNA tests done to confirm the children’s parentage, finally reported the matter to West Yorkshire Police in 2012.
Prosecutor Abigail Langford told the court that the complainant in the case was born in Pakistan in the 1960s, one of Khan’s six children.
She married her husband there in the early 1980s, before moving to Bradford to join him and her father. She went onto give birth to three children in that decade before passing away.
Miss Langford said: “It was on her deathbed that she told her husband that the defendant was in fact the father of her three children.”
She added that DNA tests carried out by the woman’s husband, who had believed he was the children’s father, then “confirmed what his wife had told him in her dying moments”.
The man did not report the matter to police straightaway, with Miss Langford explaining: “He wished to continue to act as a father and care for the children he had brought up as his own.”
When the matters were reported to police in 2012, Khan was back in Pakistan, and did not return to the UK until 2016.
When he was interviewed in September of that year, the court heard he “denied having any sexual relations with his daughter”.
Miss Langford said that a medical report concerning the three children had found various ailments said to be “directly attributed to their incestual parentage”, including an inability to feel certain kinds of pain, resulting in injuries such as burns during their childhoods.
In a joint victim impact statement, the children said Khan’s offending had caused psychological damage and had impacted on their physical health.
They also paid tribute to their mother’s “honourable” husband for his “fortitude and selflessness throughout the years”.
Khan, of Kirkburn Place, Lidget Green, Bradford, pleaded guilty to three counts of incest just over a month ahead of a proposed trial.