A German father who slept with his daughter more than 500 times and produced three incest children was sentenced to less than three years in jail on Monday after a court declared he did not rape her.
A judge in the case of Adolf B. stunned female and child protection rights groups by declaring that his sexual relationship with his daughter over 30 years was "by agreement", even though he first molested her when she was only 12-years-old.
He was accused of brutalising his wife and children, stunning them into a long-term conspiracy of silence. But the judge threw out the rape charge and sentenced him to just two years and eight months in jail for incest.
Prosecutors at the court in Nuremberg had demanded a 14 year sentence for the ordeal he inflicted on his daughter Renate. In the media he was called the 'German Fritzl' in reference to the Austrian rapist Josef Fritzl who imprisoned his daughter Elisabeth for 24 years and fathered six incest children with her.
Adolf B. was charged with 497 rapes committed over 34 years until his arrest in March this year. His daughter, now 46, had three children by him, two of whom have died since then.
"She liked it," he said of his sexual relationship with her although Renate testified otherwise. She said he threatened to kill her if she told anyone about what happened between them.
"He said; 'Tell a soul and I will kill you. No matter where you go I will find you and kill you," the Daily Mail quoted her as telling the court. She spoke of constant beatings, with all members of the family subjected to a routing of aggression and fear.
"This is a shocking judgement, for the woman (Adolf's wife and daughter), for women everywhere and for justice," a spokeswoman for a rape crisis centre in Berlin said."What was this judge thinking? That a 12-year-old girl can make these kinds of choices?" she added.