Francis Beaumont, a 79 year-old former university lecturer, has been jailed for twenty years after a disgusting campaign of sexual assault and intimidation of his own daughter. The victim, Kim Chown, was just 14 when Beaumont first abused her, and she was subjected to a total of six years of physical, sexual and psychological abuse at his hands. The court heard that the lecturer first assaulted her after plying her with alcohol, and regularly used the addictive substance to get closer to the young girl which led to severe psychological substance issues in her later life. Chown, now 50, fell pregnant twice at his twisted hands despite being on the contraceptive pill and was forced to abort the two babies. A judge described the abuse as ‘a campaign of rape’.
Beaumont was jailed for five offences at Leeds Crown Court, as he was sentenced the judge said: "You are an intelligent man and you knew perfectly well what you were doing." Mrs Chown gave evidence at the trial, and detailed how she felt 'petrified' of the man who threatened to kill her if she told of the abuse. He had apparently threatened to dissolve her body in sulphuric acid or dump her remains such that she would never be found if she told anyone. She took the threat seriously, as Beaumont had easy access to the appropriate chemicals due to his work, and knew how to use them. He is also said to have kept a plastic carrier bag under his pillow and regularly threatened to use it to suffocate her.
Leeds Crown Court heard how the mother-of-two had battled alcoholism, depression and eating disorders as a result of the abuse by her father. Amongst the offences, the jury found Beaumont guilty of raping his daughter when she was just 14, taking her to a hotel against her will.
The later offences are said to have taken place at his home in Guiseley in 1985. A report was made to the police at the time but Beaumont took her to a solicitor and made her sign a retraction. Despite living in fear, and being bullied into retracting her comments, the victim again found the courage to go to police in 2015 where justice has finally been served. Mrs Chown has waived her right to anonymity and spoken out after her father was jailed in the hope it will encourage other victims of sexual abuse by a parent to come forward.