A couple who bullied an 11-year-old girl into taking part in ‘black magic’ sex sessions where they sucked her blood have been jailed for 17 years.
Carolee Hickman, 64, of St Athan, Wales, convinced the girl she was part of a powerful “witches’ coven” before forcing her to have sex with husband Albert, 65.
The victim, who is now 53 and cannot be named for legal reasons, had repressed her memories of the abuse, which took place between 1972 and 1975, until they reappeared during counselling for bereavement and depression in 2011.
The Daily Mail reports that she told the trial last month that Mrs Hickman used a special ‘bejewelled knife’ to cut the girl’s thumb before sucking her blood, and also threatened to use black magic to kill her mother. After Mrs Hickman held down the school girl, Albert, a former Royal Air Force worker, raped her. They did this every week for almost a year
The victim said in a statement that the couple had ruined her life and she could not sleep with the light off. “Forty-two years ago a little girl met two evil people who took advantage of her. My life has been destroyed at their hands,” the statement read.
She told the trial: “Carolee said she was a witch and would come and get me and would make my mother ill – she even said she could kill my mother if she wanted to.
“She had a knife with a jewelled handle kept in a wooden box with carvings on the top. She cut my hand and sucked the blood out of it.
“There were tarot cards she used to tell our fortunes and she even had a black cape.”
She added that she tried to tell the police following the sex attacks, but officers dismissed her claims, saying that a married woman such as Mrs Hickman would not be capable of such acts.
Passing sentence at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court, Judge Daniel Williams said: “You were a couple united by a deep seated and overwhelming abuse of children.
“You groomed her and gained her trust, you told her you had supernatural powers and that she was the “chosen one” and you put the fear of god into her.
“It was a specific targeting of a vulnerable victim and threats were made which petrified her.”
The court also heard that Mr Hickman raped a girl in 1982 and had been jailed for 10 years for the crime. Mrs Hickman had also previously been jailed after admitting holding down a child while she was raped as part of a “devil worship” session that required a virgin girl.
Judge Williams told the victim: “Your claims were dismissed without proper investigation. Had you been taken seriously it may have prevented the abuse which the Hickmans carried out in the 1980s.”