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Australian man charged with raping daughter for 30 years

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An Australian man is to appear in court in November charged with raping his daughter for nearly 30 years, a local newspaper reported Thursday. The man, believed to be in his 60s, allegedly kept his daughter as a virtual prisoner and fathered four children by her, the Sun Herald reported.

Now in her 40s, the woman was allegedly raped from the 1970s to 2007. The Herald Sun said the man discouraged the victim from making friends and threatened her with violence if she ever complained of rape.

The man will appear before Melbourne's County Court in November, where he will face charges of rape, incest and indecent assault.

The court has issued a suppression order restricting information released to the media.

Austrian Josef Fritzl kept his daughter in a dungeon under his house in Austria for 24 years.

Fritzl fathered seven children with his daughter and has recently been sentenced to life in a mental institution.

The Australian victim's mother was allegedly unaware of any abuse, even though she was in the same house until 2005.

Media reports suggest the police knew about the case as early as 2005, but the victim would not cooperate with police because she feared her father.

The newspaper reported that all the four children the woman had with her father were born with health and developmental problems.

One child died from severe developmental problems, including respiratory failure and chronic lung disease.

Australian health and welfare authorities have come under fire for not investigating the case earlier, despite previous warnings.

The abuse took place in Victoria State. Premier John Brumby voiced shock at the ''terrible case.''

''Any crime of this type is one that is shocking and is personally repulsive to me and other Victorians,'' Brumby told reporters. ''It brings to all of us the worst possible thoughts about families and what might have occurred in cases like this.''

The victim and her three children are now being cared for by the authorities.

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Australia or Austria what is the difference now?

What about a Merger and Acquisition of those 2 countries of monsters?

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Disgusting. Poor girl.

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Send in the dogs. Tear this monster apart.

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A 'dungeon'?

Regardless of where he kept her, what he did is beyond comprehension and utterly disgusting. Unbelievable. I almost think a mental institution is too good for him -- I hope at least it's an institution for the CRIMINALLY insane.

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That old boy will probably blame it on the Aborigines.

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No way the mother didn't know unless she was in a coma. A mother would know these things - she may try to tell herself and the authorities she didn't but surely she did.

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Give him to Crocodile Dundee, or just give him to the Crocodiles. This type of crime is too wicked to print. I think we should change the name of this to Crimes in Japan Today and around the world.

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eeeeeeeeeew.What a dropkick.This guy is history if he gets put in general population..

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Disgusting. Same disgusting feeling I get when men old enough to be grandfathers looking at the bodies of pre-pubescent girls with lust.

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Australia needs to reintroduce the death penalty for this case.

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This is a horrible story. Taking advantage of your daughter period is so disgusting. String him up by his balls. < :-)

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Austrian Josef Fritzl kept his daughter in a dungeon under his house in Austria for 24 years.

What country Australia or Austria?

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Send the Austrian and Australian to jail so the prisoners can play daddy with them.

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Austrian Josef Fritzl kept his daughter in a dungeon under his house in Austria for 24 years.

He was AUSTRIAN born and kept his daughter locked in a dungeon in AUSTRALIA for 24 years.

This is nearly as good as the G. W. Bush gaff at th summit in Sydney a few years ago. His opening statement was, "I'd like to thank the people of Austria for..." One is a small spot of a country in central Europe, the other is the world's largest island and is in the southern hemisphere. It's so easy to see how they could be confused. :P
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??? Disillusioned, Joseph Fritzl was an Austrian who kept his daughter in a dungeon in Austria as in the article, not Australia, for 24 years, or is that what you are trying to say?

The Australian story is completely separate but there are obvious parallels, hence the reference to the Austrian case.

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This criminal should "live" the rest of his remaining worthless life in city's sewer system, together with rats ,cockroaches...

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These cases have been coming out a lot lately. We had the one in Austria followed by the kidnapped girl in the US and now this. How does no one find out sooner> This is just shocking on so many levels.

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Australia needs to reintroduce the death penalty for this case.

No chance Sarge. Some Australians have their problems but the ideals of the nation will not be manipulated for a few sick individuals. Put down your flaming torch and allow the case to be heard.

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is he australian or austrian they keep switching it up

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