Rape victim put baby up for adoption 'because she didn't know if the child's father was her husband or her attacker'
22nd October 2010
A rape victim gave her baby away 20 years ago because she could not face bringing up a child that may have been fathered by a rapist, a court has heard.
The married woman discovered she was pregnant just weeks after she was allegedly raped by Mark Gale, 47, who is standing trial at Cardiff Crown Court.
But she could not be sure if the child belonged to her husband or her attacker.
Because of adoption laws, she will never know which of the two men was the father.
The court heard how the mother decided to put the child up for adoption and kept the alleged rape a secret until she went to police two decades later.
By then, it was not possible to discover the real identity of the baby's father because of adoption rules.
Michael Chambers, QC, prosecuting, said the alleged victim could not be 100 per cent sure Mr Gale was the father as she was having sexual intercourse with her husband at the time.
Mr Chambers said: 'As a result of being raped she became pregnant.
'But she couldn't be 100 per cent sure as she was having sex with her husband.
'It is not possible to prove from DNA tests because of the strict confidentiality laws to protect the identification of adopted children.'
The court heard the woman was in her forties when she came forward to claim that Mr Gale had raped and sexually assaulted her from a young age.
Mr Chambers said: 'This woman finally had the courage to come forward and report the matter to the police.
'She told a [police] inspector that Gale could be the father of the child which was adopted as a result of being raped.
'On hearing this, the inspector offered to put her in touch with specialist officers.'
Mr Chambers added: 'Because of her complaint a police investigation commenced and that investigation showed she wasn't the only victim.'
The investigation began in August last year and four other women later came forward and made complaints against Mr Gale.
Mr Chambers said: 'When arrested Gale denied all allegations and accused the women of fabricating the evidence and colluding against him.
'But that was the only thing he could say because the allegations are true, and they reveal a pattern.
'He had a sexual attraction for young girls and a propensity to sexually assault young females. If these five women have made it up then they have told the most wicked of lies.'
Mr Gale, of Wenvoe, Cardiff, denies 15 charges against the five women including rape, and indecent assault.
The trial continues.