Following an investigation by Thames Valley Police, a Ghanaian man and his wife have been jailed in connection with the abuse of their daughter in Milton Keynes.
Anoyke Andrews, aged 44, of Graveney Place, Milton Keynes, was sentenced to a total of 20 years’ imprisonment and Mary-Louisa Andrews, aged 50, of Graveney Place, Milton Keynes was sentenced to three years.
Following a trial at Aylesbury Crown Court, Anoyke Andrews was found unanimously guilty of six counts of rape, two counts of indecent assault and one count of assault by penetration.
Mary-Louisa Andrews was found unanimously guilty of one count of cruelty to persons under 16 years old by a unanimous jury.
They were both sentenced on Tuesday 28 May.
Their conviction and sentences relate to the abuse of Mary-Louise’s daughter who was aged between nine and 16 when she was abused by step-father Anoyke Andrews between 2000 and 2007.
Mary-Louisa failed to protect her daughter or notify the authorities despite being aware of the abuse that was happening.
Anoyke Andrews was arrested on 6 August 2016 and charged on 1 November 2018. Mary-Louisa Andrews was voluntarily interviewed and charged on 5 November 2018.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Tejinder Sidhu, said: “This was a horrific case of abuse in which the people who should have been caring and nurturing a girl failed her completely.
“Anoyke Andrews was supposed to be a father figure to Mary-Louisa’s daughter, but he abused her horrifically.
“Mary-Louisa shockingly stood by and did nothing to stop the abuse of the person who she should have been most protective of in the world.
“It is a testament to the strength of the victim to stand in a court and see her mother and step-father convicted and brought to justice.
“Neither Anoyke and Mary-Louisa showed any remorse and did not admit their wrongdoing forcing the victim to stand up in court and give evidence against them.
“I hope that the conviction shows other victims of such abuse that you will be listened to by the police and the courts and that we will investigate fully and do everything in our power to bring offenders to justice.”