In 2006 reports originally surfaced of a New Jersey man arrested for the illegal act of incestuous relationships with his five daughters. At the time of his arrest the NJ resident, Aswad Ayinde, was subsequently arraigned on 27 charges and held on $1 million dollars bond.
Ayinde fathered 6 children with three of his daughters in his attempt to create a pure bloodline. In 2010 Ayinde faced the first of five trials, a trial for each daughter he violated, and was sentenced to 40 years in prison. Earlier this month he faced a jury to stand trial for the second time. During his first trial his then 24-year-old daughter testified against him describing the horrific acts in detail that began when she was just 3-years-old. The jurors had to endure three weeks of extremely graphic testimony by Ayinde’s daughter recounting her years of abuse. The details of the crimes were so horrid and specific the security guard had to ask the judge for a break.
The daughter explained how her father justified his actions because he believed he was a descendant of Jesus Christ and was chosen to have sex with his daughters in order to impregnate them and create a superior blood line. At the time of the charge Ayinde was married and had fathered nine children in total with his former wife. The home life was described by both mother and daughter as volatile and isolated, consisting of physical and mental abuse. In order to control the family Ayinde moved them around frequently to rural towns in New Jersey and also required the children be born at home so there would be no record of their births. To keep his NJ home life a secret and his incestuous affairs private all children were prohibited from going to school or having friends, which when challenged, was met with threats of beatings and death.
The abuse took place from 1980-2002 until the couple separated, and was reported in 2006. Ayinde’s former wife shared they were high school sweethearts in 1970 and what she once believed to be playful teasing escalated to extreme abuse after their marriage. The 24-year-old daughter shared the same sentiment as she described the abuse gradually increasing, starting with physical beatings at 3-years-old and escalating to sexual abuse at 8. The sexual abuse resulted in her bearing her father’s first child through incestuous union when she was 15.
Earlier this month Ayinde stood trial for the second time for raping another daughter. In New Jersey the age of consent is 16-years-old and incest laws do not apply when both parties are 18-years-old or older. Ayinde did not allow his children to be documented, so it was hard to verify the ages his daughters were when the abuse began or when they gave birth to his children. The defense attorney during the second trial hoped to cast doubt in the minds of the jurors with the doubt of age. The defense lawyer also argued the incestuous lifestyle was agreed upon by all parties involved and did not transpire until the daughter was at the age of consent. The daughter has four children with her father, none of whom were documented. The defense attorney called Ayinde’s brother, who testified stating he knew his brother married his daughter and although he thought it was strange, he did not think it was incest, because she was 18-years-old at the time. He also testified when the children were younger he never witnessed any form of abuse.
Ayinde’s former girlfriend who lived with him from 2001-2004 said she found out this disastrous secret in 2002, but had already borne him two more children. She testified that he bragged to her he had several wives, later confessing his wives were also his daughters. This story is not over, as there are still three more trials detailing more abuse and incest with three more daughters. In total he can face over 100 years in prison if found guilty of all charges. Prior to his arrest Ayinde had promoted himself around New York as an artist and successful music executive who directed the Fugees hit song, “Killing Me Softly”. It is ironic, because that is exactly what Ayinde did; he used mental abuse and incest to kill his daughters softly.
Opinion Debra Pittman