A WOMAN who developed multiple personalities during years of horrific abuse by her father has helped convict him after testifying in court using six of her different identities.
Jeni Haynes, 49, said she was ‘ecstatic’ after Richard Haynes was sentenced to 45 years in jail in Australia for raping, molesting and torturing her from 1974 to 1981, when she was aged between four and 11.
At an earlier hearing, she was granted permission to give evidence in the witness stand in the form of six of her alternative selves — and the powerful testimony prompted Haynes, 74, to changes his plea to guilty.
The court heard Ms Haynes became so traumatised during her horrific childhood, which also left her with a string of life-long physical injuries, that she developed dissociative identity disorder as a way of coping.
She believes she could have up to 2,500 personalities in total.
One of them was a four-year-old girl called Symphony, who Ms Haynes projected much of the abuse on to.
She told the BBC: ‘She suffered every minute of Dad’s abuse and when he abused me, his daughter Jeni, he was actually abusing Symphony.’
The court heard that her ordeal was so traumatic it took Ms Haynes until she was 39 before she was finally able to speak out about what happened.
It took another ten years to bring the case against Haynes, who had moved to Darlington, Co. Durham, and needed to be extradited to Sydney from the UK.
He pleaded guilty to 25 charges, with dozens more taken into consideration. District court judge Sarah Huggett described his crimes as ‘profoundly disturbing’ and ‘completely abhorrent’.
After sentencing, Ms Haynes told Australia’s Seven News: ‘I’m ecstatic. I could not be happier. The judge was brilliant — she recognised the enormity of what he did and the enormity of the impact, because it’s not just me. People who abuse children, the impact they put on that child, goes on forever.’