Amanda pictured when she was three years old. Picture: Hotspot Media
Amanda pictured when she was three years old. Picture: Hotspot Media

Family hell: ‘Child raped, abused, made to watch porn’

WARNING: Sensitive content

A MUM-OF-THREE who was raped by her "monster" dad from the age of four has revealed how he went on the run twice to evade justice.

Amanda Stubbs, now 50, from Oldham, Greater Manchester, was sexually abused and raped by her dad Alan Hollis, 70, for six years.

After going on the run for over two decades, Hollis was tracked down in Spain by officers.

And in March 2018, he was jailed after admitting a string of sex offences.

Now Ms. Stubbs has waived her right to anonymity to bravely reveal her father's true depravity.

"On the outside, we were the perfect family. When I was abused, I never got the chance to escape from the clutches of my father so it's disgusting that he fled twice," Ms. Stubbs said.

"I'm so happy that he's been jailed now. And finally he knows what it's like to feel trapped."

Growing up, Hollis was an angry man and he terrified a young Ms. Stubbs. But in 1973, when she was just four years old, her father gave her another reason to be frightened.

 

Amanda, pictured with a friend, was only young when her dad raped her. Picture: Hotspot Media
Amanda, pictured with a friend, was only young when her dad raped her. Picture: Hotspot Media

 

"He would come into my bedroom at night and touch me, underneath my pyjamas." She said.

"He said I was his princess and would stroke my hair. Ironically, it was the only time he was nice to me.

"Afterwards, he told me not to tell anyone and warned me they'd never believe me."

From then on, Ms. Stubbs dreaded being alone with her father.

"He yanked down my trousers, and raped me. I was just eight.

"At bath time, he touched me. I hated him. I never felt safe.

"When I was eight years old, Dad called me upstairs. A sick feeling came over me. There, he yanked down my trousers, and raped me.

"He clamped his hand over my mouth so I couldn't call for help. Afterwards, he left me alone in my bedroom, sore and trembling.

 

She was only young when he initially attacked her. Picture:
She was only young when he initially attacked her. Picture:

 

"But the abuse continued. When I was 10, he forced me to watch porn while he assaulted me. I thought that my ordeal would never end."

In 1979, Ms. Stubbs's parents divorced and she was finally safe.

"I was desperate to tell Mum but could never find the words. Instead I turned to alcohol to numb the pain." Ms. Stubbs said.

"By 14, I was out of control. Mum couldn't handle my behaviour so I moved to a children's home."

Eventually Ms. Stubbs got a place of her own and in 1995 met her now ex-husband Lewis.

And she revealed to him the secret she'd been hiding for years.

"Lewis was shocked and begged me to tell my family. But I couldn't do it," she explained.

"On New Year's Eve that year, I told a family member after a few glasses of wine.

"She told Mum who called me the next day, and she cried as she thought she should have protected me. I was relieved I had been believed."

 

Hollis fled the country - twice - after being granted bail. Picture: Hotspot Media
Hollis fled the country - twice - after being granted bail. Picture: Hotspot Media

 

The next day, Ms. Stubbs filed a statement with police officers. Hollis was arrested and charged with a catalogue of sexual offences. Then he was released on bail.

"Little did I know, but my nightmare was far from over. That week, an officer told me Dad had gone on the run," Ms. Stubbs said, "I was terrified that Dad would come back for me.

"Every day, I looked over my shoulder expecting to see the face that had haunted me."

But Hollis was nowhere to be seen.

"I tried to move on. I married Lewis and we had three children," she said.

By 2007, over a decade had passed. In November that year there was finally an update.

Hollis fled to Malaga with a false passport and lived under an alias. He was spotted at Gatwick Airport trying to flee to America.

Officers took him to a local station, where they confiscated his passport.

Shockingly, he was released on bail and fled again.

 

Amanda’s dad, Alan Hollis, pictured in a photo from before he went on the run. Picture: Hotspot Media
Amanda’s dad, Alan Hollis, pictured in a photo from before he went on the run. Picture: Hotspot Media

 

Another ten years passed and Ms. Stubbs gave up hope that her dad would ever face justice.

And then in March 2017, there was a breakthrough. Officers had tracked down Hollis.

He'd fled to Spain on a fake passport and was found living in Malaga under a false name.

Despite moving on with her life, she was haunted by her father's actions.

Police officers flew out and extradited him on an European arrest warrant. He appeared in court and, this time, he was refused bail.

"It was a weight off my shoulders knowing that he would be facing justice," Ms. Stubbs explained.

In March 2018, Alan Hollis, 70, of Malaga, Spain, pleaded guilty to five counts of indecent assault, one count of indecency with a child, and one count of buggery at Liverpool Crown Court. He was jailed for 15 years and nine months.

 

Amanda was only young when she dad sexually abused her - even forcing her to watch pornography with him. Picture: Hotspot Media
Amanda was only young when she dad sexually abused her - even forcing her to watch pornography with him. Picture: Hotspot Media

 

Ms. Stubbs said that, "Hearing the sentence, I felt a wave of relief. After feeling shame for decades, 22 of those while Dad was on the run, my ordeal was over.

"Dad had tried - and succeeded - in running away and hiding, an option I'd never had when he abused me. Now he is where he belonged, locked in a cage. And, as far as I'm concerned, they can throw away the key."

Detective Inspector Jacky Fitzpatrick from Merseyside Police Protecting Vulnerable Persons Unit said, "The victim in this was extremely brave in coming forward and patient as the process has unfolded.

"Time should never be a barrier to obtaining justice and as a force, we take every report of sexual offences extremely seriously, whether or not they are recent, and we will use all available powers across Europe and the world to find them."

 

Amanda, pictured at her wedding, told how her father’s abuse had a long-lasting impact. Picture: Hotpsot Media
Amanda, pictured at her wedding, told how her father’s abuse had a long-lasting impact. Picture: Hotpsot Media

 

"Hollis made devious and repeated attempts to escape justice, including obtaining a false passport, and working alongside the Spanish authorities, we were able to locate him and return him to face the consequences of his abhorrent actions.

"European Arrest Warrants are an important piece of partnership work which allow forces to collaborate internationally to return offenders to their country of origin and face justice.

"We have had some great successes over the years in using EAWs to locate and arrest serious and organised Merseyside criminals who have gone on the run, and Hollis can be added to this list. We will use all lawful powers to pursue wanted Merseyside criminals across Europe."

A Crown Prosecution spokeswoman told The Sun, "We look at each case based on information available at the time but, ultimately, decisions on whether to grant bail are made by the court.

"Alan Hollis was ordered to surrender his passport as a condition of his bail."

- If you are experiencing family violence call 1800Respect or visit the website.

 

This story originally appeared on The Sun and has been republished with permission.


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