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« on: March 28, 2009, 08:28:14 pm »
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Michele Mongelli and son charged over repeated sexual abuse of daughter locked up in Turin

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,25254991-401,00.html






A FATHER who kept his daughter locked up in a darkened room for 25 years and raped her repeatedly has been arrested by Italian police.

The case has sent shock waves across the country and has already been dubbed by the media as Italy's "Josef Fritzl" case.

The 64-year-old father also "groomed" his son to sexually abuse the woman. The abuse started when the woman, now aged 34, was nine.

Prosecutors also claimed that scrap metal dealer Michele Mongelli encouraged his son, 41, to go on to abuse his own young daughters aged six, eight, 12 and 20.

Italian police said the man from Turin was arrested for sexually abusing his daughter, and the son for sexual abuse of his sister and his own children.

"It seems that in this family there was a sort of right of 'droit de seigneur' of the father over the daughter," prosecutor Pietro Forno said. It has also emerged that 15 years ago the victim had managed to escape and tell the police about the abuse, but her claims were dismissed after her father managed to convince authorities and psychologists who questioned her that she was "disturbed".


The woman, who has been given the name Laura by the Italian media, has had little education. She was forced to live in a darkened room with no electricity and only allowed out with her father.

The case was only uncovered after a tip-off and police planted listening devices in the family home and car. They heard the horrific details being discussed.

In one chilling transcript released by police, the eight-year-old girl can be heard saying: "Dad - get your hands off me. You are a bastard, stop it."

Prosecutor Forno said the "victims were not only subjected to sexual abuse, but also psychological abuse".

"I have dealt with many incest cases, but this is the worst that I have seen. I don't want to blame the psychologists who were relied on in 1994, but it's clear that the signs were there and not acted upon at the time when clearly they should have been.

"There was a syndrome in this case where the father believed it was his right to abuse his daughter and he then passed this on to his son, who abused his sister and his own children."

Yesterday, the man and his son were in custody in Turin while the five victims were in the care of local social services.

Turin newspaper La Stampa on Saturday quoted several family members, including the elder man's wife and some adult daughters and sons as defending the father and blaming the son for all the abuse. AP reported.

Two of the adult children said in interviews on Italy's Sky TG24 TV that they believed their father was innocent but that their brother had committed some kind of abuse, without saying exactly what kind.

Defence lawyers quoted in Milan daily Il Giornale say their clients have denied wrongdoing.



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