A monster who fathered eight children with his own daughter after repeatedly raping her during a 22-year reign of terror has been jailed for 12 years and eight months.
Argentinian Domingo Bulacio, 57, showed no sign of emotion as he was sentenced on Wednesday for multiple sex crimes after a trial at a court in the northern city of Santiago del Estero.
Relatives of the serial rapist were among the 50 witnesses who gave evidence at the hearing.
Bulacio, known by the nickname Vernacho, had been in custody since his arrest in January last year after 45 days on the run.
He fled his home in Villa Balnearia, an hour’s drive from Santiago del Estero, after his victim, named locally as Antonia, went to authorities seeking help and claiming her dad had turned her into his sex slave when she was just 11 after kicking his wife out.
DNA tests confirmed the youngsters were his. Six of the eight children born from the sex crimes spent time living at a charity boarding school but are now said to be back with their mum at the rundown family home.
Bulacio was dubbed ‘The Monster of Villa Balnearia’ after he was remanded in jail. The case is hauntingly similar to the abuse Elizabeth Fritzl suffered at the hands of dad Josef.
She was held captive for 24 years in the basement of her large family home in the town of Amstetten, Austria.
The abuse by Fritzl, now serving life imprisonment, resulted in the birth of seven children and one miscarriage.
Antonia told a local paper after her father’s arrest that she had been abused from an early age by her dad and another relative and had received death threats since going public with her ordeal.
She said: ‘From the moment my mum left home I became my father’s wife.
Bulacio has been likened to other inhuman sex attackers such as Josef Fritzl (seen above)
‘He would hit me and used to chase me round the house with a lump of wood when he saw me chatting to a neighbour or simply wanted to abuse me.
‘He threatened me constantly and I always feared for my life. He told me he would kill me if I said anything.
‘I’m scared for my life and the life of my children because I’m receiving threats from my father’s relatives to withdraw my complaint against him..
‘They’re not at all concerned about what’s happened.
‘I want him to rot in jail. I want justice to be done.’ State prosecutors had demanded a 15-year prison sentence for Bulacio.
He declined to testify in court and turned down the chance of having the last word before sentencing by judges Alfredo Daniel Perez Gallardo, Elida Suarez de Bravo and Lidia Paz.
Late last month a Romanian woman allegedly kept prisoner in a basement in Gizzeria, Italy, for 10 years was freed.
Italian Aloisio Francesco Rosario Giordano, 52, was arrested on suspicion of keeping her locked up and forcing her to give birth to two of his children after repeatedly raping and torturing her.
It emerged after his arrest he was a convicted rapist who had been released from prison in 1999 after serving a four-year sentence for kidnapping, raping and torturing another woman.
Italian police believe his latest alleged victim was ‘taken’ after she was sent to care for Giordano’s terminally-ill wife.
Bulacio lived near Santiago del Estero, a city notorious for the trouble in recent years at its high security prison