London, Mar 28 (ANI): A man, dubbed 'Italian Fritzl', and his son have been accused of the serial rape of their daughters.
Cops have revealed that Michele Mongelli, 64, kept his daughter prisoner and brutally raped her for 25 years.
It is being alleged that accused Mongelli believed it was "his right" to sexually abuse her, reports The Sun.
Police claim he groomed his son Giuseppe to abuse the girl too - along with his own four children. Father and son were last night under arrest in Turin.
The case has come as a shock to Italy and sparked comparisons with Austria's Fritzl case.
Police claimed that the elder Mongelli, a scrap metal dealer, encouraged his 40-year-old son to have sexual intercourse with the four daughters, who ranged in age from six to 20. The older man is alleged to have abused one of his two daughters.
Detectives think the daughter - who is now 34 and named "Laura" by the Italian media - was first abused at nine. She was held in a room with no electricity, was only allowed outside with her father and received little education.
She is said to have escaped 15 years ago and raised the alarm but Mongelli convinced police she was "disturbed".
Detectives reckon Giuseppe also abused sister Laura and preyed on his own kids aged six to 20.
The case came to light after police got a tip-off and bugged the family's home and car.
Pietro Forno, the chief prosecutor, said: "The victims were subjected to sexual and psychological abuse. I don't want to blame the psychologists who worked with this family in 1994.
"But it's clear the signs were there - and not acted upon when they should have been. The father believed it was his right to abuse his daughter and he passed this on to his son who abused his sister and his own children."
The case bears mirrors Elisabeth Fritzl's ordeal at the hands of her evil father.
He locked her up in a cellar for 24 years and fathered seven children with her, killing one days after the birth. (ANI)