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A Welsh mother has been jailed for five years after filming videos of her having sex with her 14-year-old son. She then sent the videos to a cousin of hers in Pakistan, alongside indecent images of her three-year-old daughter too.
Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court heard how the 36-year-old, who has not been identified, recorded the “truly shocking” pornographic clips on her mobile phone, including oral sex and other sex acts.
"Under instructions she gave him they are seen having sexual intercourse," prosecutor Ian Kolvin told the court Monday.
It’s understood the mother-of-four recorded the videos at the request of a cousin in Pakistan, according to The Express.
The videos were discovered by the woman’s 13-year-old daughter when she borrowed her brother’s phone during a birthday party. She forwarded the images to her iPad and then on to her father, who no longer lives with their mother.
When police seized the woman’s phone, they also discovered indecent images of her three-year-old daughter.
Lawyers for the woman, who appeared via video link from Eastwood Park prison in Bristol, argued that “cultural differences” had hugely impacted the direction of her client’s life and that this was “completely out of character.”
Isn't that a contradiction?
“She lives in a male-dominated society, she did what she was told,” lawyer Ruth Smith said. "She did not want to cause conflict and did not want to bring shame on her family for fear she would be cut off and ostracized by them.”
So, she had sex with her son so as not to bring shame upon her family? Did I get that right?
"She felt she could not see a way out of the dilemma,” she added.
The court also heard that the woman, who lived in Cardiff, had been “subjected to significant abuse” and that her “suggestibility may have resulted in a vulnerable individual.”
In her son’s victim impact statement, which was read out court, he said he was “very upset and ashamed” of what his mother had done.
“I wish it hadn't happened and I had a happy life,” the statement read. “You shouldn't have done it.”
The woman, who is currently undergoing tests for Hepatitis C, admitted to six charges of sexual activity with a child and taking and distributing indecent images of a child.
Judge Eleri Rees described her actions as “truly shocking and a gross breach of trust” and something which will greatly impact her children going forward.
"You sent the videos to someone related to you in Pakistan. But you had a choice, you were not under duress, you could have found a way out,” Judge Rees told the woman.
"It is hoped you accept any treatment offered to you while in custody in the hope that when you are released you will lead a normal life."
After originally hearing the offenses in May, the woman’s children were placed into care but the judge ruled Monday that as well being jailed for five years, she will never be allowed live with any child under the age of 16 without supervision. She will also have to sign as a sex offender for the remainder of her life.