Depraved dad jailed for raping daughter and threatening to dissolve her in acid

A daughter has bravely spoken out after she was subjected to years of abuse by her depraved father who threatened to dissolve her body in an acid bath.

Kim Chown, 53, faced her father, university lecturer Francis Beaumont, as he was jailed for 20 years, calling him a "sick, lonely old man".

Beaumont, 79, was convicted of five offences of rape after he denied the charges and forced his daughter to give evidence at his trial.

He began the abuse when his daughter was just 11 and she twice had to have an abortion after becoming pregnant.

With her father behind bars, Mrs Chown has now told how she has become one of the "stronger" surviving victims of childhood sexual abuse and hopes to help others by telling her story.

Mrs Chown waived her anonymity in the hope it will encourage other victims of sexual abuse by a parent to come forward.

She said: "I am one of the stronger surviving victims of childhood sexual abuse inflicted by a father of his daughter.

"Not many people in my situation get to this point in their lives. Many take it as a secret to their graves, others take their own lives."

Leeds Crown Court heard Beaumont, a university lecturer in histology, began the abuse when he took his daughter, then 11, to live in Kenya.

Beaumont often plied the youngster with alcohol which led to her battling for years with alcoholism.

Mrs Chown was forced to take the contraceptive pill by her father but twice became pregnant, resulting in her having to have two abortions.

Beaumont continued to abuse his daughter when they returned to live in Guiseley, near Leeds, West Yorks, and raped her up until the age of 20.

Beaumont, of Brackenwood Green, Gledhow, Leeds, was found guilty of five offences of rape in the UK, between 1979 and 1985. Judge Tom Bayliss, QC, said Beaumont could only be sentenced for offences committed under English law, but described the abuse as "a campaign of rape".

The judge said: "You are an intelligent man and you knew perfectly well what you were doing. It was calculated by you to degrade her, to make your own daughter compliant to you and make your own daughter submit to your sexual demands."

Mrs Chown described how she was "petrified" of her father as he threatened to kill her if she told anyone about the abuse.

Beaumont threatened to dissolve her body in sulphuric acid dump her remains in the Kenyan bush if she told anyone. She took the threat seriously as she knew he had access to chemicals during the course of his work.

Beaumont also kept a plastic carrier bag under his pillow and threatened to use it to suffocate her.

The jury found Beaumont guilty of a rape offence when his victim was aged 14 and was attending boarding school on the east coast of Yorkshire.

Beaumont went to visit her then took her to a hotel where the sex offences took place. The final offences took place at his home in Guiseley in 1985.

The trial heard Mrs Chown told her mother, by then estranged from Beaumont, about the abuse in the same year.

A report was made to the police at the time but Beaumont took her to a solicitor and made her sign a retraction. Mrs Chown found the courage to go to police again in 2015 and report her father.

Her victim impact statement was described by judge Bayliss as an "eloquent and moving document".

It said: "You dad, have taken enough of my precious life, I don’t hate you but instead I feel sorry for you. You are sick, you cannot see that.

"You were loved, you couldn’t see that either. Now you have nothing.

"You are a sick, lonely old man who has no friends, no life.

"Your life is empty. Indirectly you have made me the strong person I am today. Although I still stop and question if things could have been different."

Mrs Chown described how she had managed to come to terms with her ordeal thanks to her husband and children.

She said the lies told by her father at the trial had added to her hurt. She added: "I wish to God you were not my father and I not your daughter because I feel ashamed to be associated with you.

"In fact, I have stopped calling you father/dad.

"You are now referred to as ‘that monster’ because that is the only title you deserve.

"The string of lies that have flowed from your mouth during your police statement and cross-examination have added to my hurt." She said the abuse had a profound effect on her from the day her father took her virginity at the age of 11.

She said: "He stole my innocence, fun and enjoyment, freedom, peace of mind and security.

"I may as well have been chained to my bed as I was not allowed the freedom that every other child of my age had.

"He went everywhere with me, he kept me away from boys of my own age, vetted my friends, he was always there, always a presence even when I was not directly in his view.

"I was his and his only to do whatever he chose to do, no matter how much it hurt me."

Mrs Chown, a businesswoman now based in County Durham, told the court she was a recovering alcoholic and had been free from drink for 14 months.

She blamed her addiction on the alcohol given to her by her father as a youngster.

She added: "Despite having such a wonderful family of my own and happy memories of the years I have had with my husband seeing our children growing up, there has still been a cloud hanging over me.

"A cloud full of emotional baggage, shame, guilt, confusion, anger, bitterness, despair and sadness.

"I would have flashbacks to the terminations he put me – his little girl – through. I would make myself ill by increasingly drinking to numb the pain."

The court heard the victim had written a letter to him in 2007, explaining how the abuse had made her feel.

Beaumont failed to reply to his daughter.

She said: "He has shown no remorse. "I was nothing more than a sex object for him – a thing he could vent his frustrations, anger, sexual desires – no matter how extreme – upon. "I was not a person, not his daughter. "In his eyes I was put on this planet purely for his use.”

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