Austrian police have arrested an 85-year-old man suspected of imprisoning and sexually abusing his two daughters for more than 40 years.
Police say both women, now aged 53 and 45, suffer psychiatric problems.
Investigators claim he kept his daughters locked in a small kitchen with only a narrow wooden bench to sleep on. They say he beat them systematically at the house in the village of St Peter am Hart from 1970 until May of this year.
Police chief Martin Plumberger said: ‘The family always lived in seclusion. The mother and the daughters never said anything, probably because of physical and emotional pressure from the father.’
There are echoes of two similar Austrian cases in recent years; Josef Fritzl, who was jailed for life after fathering seven children with his incarcerated daughter, and schoolgirl Natascha Kampusch who was imprisoned for eight years in a basement.