A woman whose childhood was scarred by her evil paedophile dad is the subject of a hard-hitting documentary airing tonight.
Last year Natasha Mina rose to her feet in Leicester Crown Court to address her father Peter Willson, who could barely meet her gaze from his seat in the dock.
Earlier, a jury had unanimously convicted the 59-year-old former welder of 10 indecent assaults against Natasha and three other girls, Leicester Live reports.
In Natasha’s case the abuse began when she was a little girl, perhaps as young as four.
Looking her dad in the eye and stopping occasionally to be certain she had his full attention, she read the powerful statement she had carefully written, hoping her words would bring home to him the enormity of the crimes he committed against her some 20 years earlier.
And when she had finished reading, people in the public gallery broke into spontaneous applause.
Moments later, Willson was jailed for 12 years.
Today, the 29-year-old – who has waived her right to anonymity – reveals how her life is going from strength to strength since Willson was jailed.
She agreed to appear in a television documentary about the ultimate betrayal she suffered at the hands of her dad.
Speaking ahead of the broadcast, she recalls how she insisted she be allowed to read out her victim impact statement to her father before the judge sentenced him.
In the normal course of events, these moments of courtroom procedure are conducted by a member of the Crown’s legal team.
Natasha wanted to do things her way. She said: “When I think back I am proud of what I did.
“It’s something you imagine you would want to do, but you can’t be sure you’ll be capable of actually doing it. But I was able to do it and I did.
“Originally, my statement was going to be read out by the barrister and I remember saying ‘isn’t there any way of me doing it?’
“They told me I could but this would be very rare. For me, it was the ultimate letting go, getting everything off my chest. Finally I was able to do that.
“I went into the stand and at first the barrister was blocking my view of my father, so I had to ask him to sit down.
“I couldn’t believe it. Me asking a barrister to sit down. I started reading and if my dad wasn’t looking at me directly I would stop until he was.
“I wanted to have my moment. There was no rush and I wanted him to hear every word, so I took my time.
“It felt incredible and I’ve explained to people the power I felt standing in front of the person who had tried to ruin me and telling him that he had failed. I won’t be beaten by him.”
Previously heading for a career in the law, she is proud of her achievements as a kick-boxing instructor and competitor, a yoga tutor, as a supporter for Women in Sport.
She is also the Leicestershire and Rutland ambassador for the This Girl Can campaign, developed by Sport England.
She is using her love of and aptitude for sport and physical exercise to help others, particularly young women who have been through trauma of some kind, including sexual abuse or exploitation.
Natasha said: “What was once a dark corner of my life has become a strength and a bright area.
“When I was told that I could remain anonymous, something in my gut didn’t feel right. I couldn’t let this go.
“Since I waived my anonymity, I can’t count how many adults have told me they had lived similar lives and they had gone to the police to report it – and were not ashamed to do so.
“My mission is to change the idea people have when they hear the phrase ‘child sexual abuse victim or survivor’. I know in my heart that what I’m doing is right.
“I am using my voice and I have been given the gift of being able to articulate how I have got past what my father did to me.”
The painful question of whether she can ever have any contact with her father arises.
“I don’t think he will ever show remorse for what he did to me or the other victims,” she says.
“I just can’t imagine him ever doing it. So, I could never have any kind of relationship with him ever again.
“I do wonder if he still believes his lies. All the way through the trial I was told by people who were watching him that he appeared emotionless.
“When I read my statement to him I got to see him up close. He just shook his head in denial.
“I’m told that when it’s time for his parole hearing I will have the opportunity to have my say again and I would be more than happy to do that.”
The evil dad was jailed for a total of 12 years with an additional one-year licence period after the jury unanimously found him guilty of 10 indecent assault offences.
As well as his prison sentence, he was placed on a sexual harm prevention order and will be a registered sex offender for the rest of his life.
He was made the subject of an indefinite restraining order banning any future contact with his four victims.
The court heard that he had stood trial some years ago, accused of sexually abusing a different girl.
He had denied those allegations and was acquitted. The woman later died from a drugs overdose.
Passing sentence, Judge Martin Hurst told him: “You are a monster to all of these four victims in this case and you brazened it out during the trial, allowing the complainants to be branded as liars.”
*My Dad the Paedophile, will be on 5STAR at 9pm
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