A teenager who has been abused by her stepfather for four years since she was 11 years old has revealed how her ordeal did not end until her mother caught him in the act.
Courtney Oldland, now 18, from Portsmouth, who waived her right to anonymity, told Femail that she saw Johnathon Oldland as a father figure after her mother started a relationship with him when she was a baby.
But when Courtney & # 39; s mother started evening work at their local newspapers and left her in the hands of her stepfather three hours a week, he started sexually abusing her.
Six months later he raped her when she came home from a friend's house, and the abuse lasted four years, with Courtney too terrified to confide in someone about what she was going through.
She admitted she was sleeping under the bed in the hope that Oldland would not find her – but he always did and dragged her from her hiding place and attacked her.
Courtney finally cleared the way for the police about her ordeal after her mother caught Oldland while she pulled up his pants and raped her in the living room.
Johnathon Oldland, then 34, from Hilsea Market, Hilsea, was convicted of five rapes, two sex attacks and one count of sexual activity with a child in the Portsmouth Crown Court in March 2017. He was sentenced to 17 years behind bars and at the sex offenders register for life.
Oldland (pictured left) abused Courtney (center) for four years, making her too scared to tell anyone about what she was going through. He was only caught when her mother (on the right) came in just after he raped her in the parental home
Courtney Oldland, pictured at Portsmouth at the age of 14, saw Johnathon Oldland as a father figure after her mother established a relationship with him when she was a baby
Courtney, 18, pictured with her partner and two children, said it is a huge relief that her stepfather is now behind bars, allowing her to try to continue her life
Now, mother herself, Courtney told how she thought of her & # 39; cozy, normal & # 39; upbringing and the man she called daddy.
Courtney, who has never met her biological father, said: “When Mommy behaved like Johnathon was my real father, I didn't doubt it – I didn't want it.
& # 39; At first, I was looking forward to seeing Mom go to work. Dad would let me watch movies and stay up late before going to bed.
& # 39; But as I grew older, he became strict and controlling, he snarled at me not to be late. If I arrived a minute later after he had asked me to be home from school, he would wait for me at the door and hit me.
Courtney, now pictured with her partner, finally opened to the police about her ordeal after her mother caught Oldland while she pulled up his pants after raping her in the living room.
After he was caught, Courtney, pictured with her partner and two children, explained how Oldland claimed that their & # 39; relationship & # 39; a consensual wash – but luckily a jury saw through him
& # 39; Sometimes, if I put a wrong foot in the house or come home late after a play date at a friend's house, he throws the X-Box at me – or worse, the entire television screen. & # 39;
One evening Courtney remembered how Oldland led her to his room. She expected them to go there to watch her favorite TV show – but Oldland had other ideas when he told her to lie down next to him.
She explained: & # 39; Dad stared at me and I started to feel uncomfortable. Then he reached out and put it on his crotch.
& # 39; I snatched it, confused, but he grabbed it again, this time a lot rougher, pulled down his pants and moved my hand over his secret parts.
& # 39; I froze, terrified, then Dad also shoved his hands in my pants. & # 39;
Afterwards, Courtney said Oldland pretended nothing had happened, and she prayed it was a one-off. But a few nights later he struck again.
Courtney looked at Oldland as her real father and never met her biological father
Courtney, pictured with her partner and son, said she did not doubt that Oldland was her father when her mother behaved that way
Fear of things couldn't get worse, six months later Oldland raped her for the first time.
& # 39; Pain tore through me, & # 39; Courtney recalled. & # 39; I was just a kid and I was too small to fight him, although it couldn't stop me. & # 39;
One evening she yelled at Oldland to leave her alone and slammed his arm in a door and broke his wrist.
She said: & # 39; I thought Dad would kill me that night. When he threatened to hurt mom and my whole family, I was terrified. & # 39;
His systematic sex attacks lasted four years to one morning, and Oldland threw herself at her in the living room.
Courtney, now pictured with her son, is trying to rebuild her life and focus on her own children
Family time: Courtney is happy with her partner and their two children, and said she also succeeded in improving her relationship with her mother
& # 39; He must have become complacent, because Mommy wasn't at work and he didn't waste time, & # 39; Courtney said.
& # 39; He raped me and was just scratching to pull up his jeans when Mom entered the room. She screamed and Dad looked like he had seen a ghost.
& # 39; He tried to tell her that nothing was wrong, and I remember my heart pounding when I saw the look of shock and pain in Mom & # 39; s eyes as tears streamed down her cheeks.
One in twenty children has been sexually abused in the UK
More than three-quarters of the children who have been abused in the UK remain silent.
Of the children who are sexually abused, more than eight out of ten know their abuser.
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& # 39; She pulled it outside and slammed our balcony door shut, so I couldn't hear them arguing. At that moment I decided it was time to stop. & # 39;
Courtney took a notebook from her school bag and noted down the abuse she had suffered for years. Her mother kicked Oldland out, but she and her mother didn't talk about the abuse.
The next day, Courtney stopped at the local police station on the way to school and tried to leave her notes at the reception, where she was stopped by a police officer.
Delighted by his friendly, soft voice, Courtney went and told him everything that had happened. Oldland was arrested later in the day while he was working.
Courtney said: & # 39; Officers found him with a bag of used condoms. After Mama caught him with me the day before, he must have known he was in trouble and tried to destroy the evidence.
& # 39; But when the DNA tests on the condoms matched me and him, my father signed his own death sentence. & # 39;
Despite the overwhelming evidence against him, Oldland still denied the allegations and claimed that their relationship was a consensual agreement, forcing Courtney to testify against him in court.
Courtney, pictured with her son, was forced to testify against Oldland in the courtroom after he denied the charge
Now the brave mother, pictured with her young son, continues her life with Oldland behind bars
He went so far as to claim that Courtney's mother was & # 39; in & # 39; and planted the DNA on the condoms.
But the jury found him unanimously guilty of sexual abuse and the rape of a child.
Courtney said: & # 39; Now I am happy that the monster is behind bars where he belongs and I continue.
& # 39; Mom and I are closer and she is sorry she didn't know what was going on, but I understand why she didn't suspect it – Johnathon was so clever and manipulative. & # 39;