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HEATHER WEST/BELLE
TAUNTON, United Kingdom

Sep 14, 2012 — A FATHER who sexually abused two of his daughters has walked away from court without punishment.

MR L 78, was this morning given an absolute discharge at Taunton Crown Court, despite being guilty of four indecent assaults, two rapes and inciting a girl under 14 to carry out an indecent act.

MR L now of Manor Fields, Bridport, had been deemed unfit to stand trial at an earlier hearing, but a jury declared him guilty of the charges.

His daughters Christina Western and Heather West have waived their anonymity to tell how their father attacked them as children when the family lived in Wellington.

Judge Graham Hume Jones said that as the law stood he was obliged to impose an absolute discharge, although it was "with the greatest reluctance".

He added: "I have no doubt that all those who are listening to this case will keep a very close eye on the defendant (MR L) in the future."