April 2018: Brown suffered a heart attack in hospital whilst serving his sentence. He died as a result

September 2011

18 years for ‘no remorse’ rapist

A child rapist has been jailed for 18 years for abusing three Devon girls including one who said he raped her more than 400 times.

David Brown, 63, of Highland Terrace, Uffculme, near Cullompton, was given 18 years in prison and an extended four-year licence at Exeter Crown Court.

The judge said legal guidelines meant this would probably mean Brown would be released after 12 years and would be on licence for a decade.

The court heard that Brown had been the caretaker of Cullompton Town Hall during the period when he raped one girl on at least 11 occasions, although she said it was around 400 and some of the attacks had taken place in the building.

Recorder David Bartlett told him: “You took her there and raped her and bundled her into a cupboard when someone came there.

“On one occasion, you plied her with drink and rendered her insensible.”

Brown had been found guilty of two indecent assaults and 15 rapes at a trial at the court last month, having denied the offences.

Sentencing him last week Recorder Barlett told him: “Having seen you give evidence, you gave the most vicious excuses for the reasons these girls had the courage to make these complaints.

“You showed no understanding whatsoever of the trauma they’ve been through.”

Brown, an odd job man and caretaker, committed the offences against girls from Devon on various dates in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Brown was given six years in prison for indecently assaulting one girl, who was a teenager under 16, and raping her four times.

This would run consecutively with a year in jail for an indecent assault of another girl, who was also a teenager under 16.

Brown was also given 11 years in prison, to run consecutively, and a four year extension of his licence, for the 11 ‘specimen’ rapes of the third victim, which were a sample of his offences.

He first abused her when she was 10 and continued to do so for several years.

The judge said about the rapes: “She said there was as many as 400 occasions when you did that.

“This behaviour was systematic abuse of a vulnerable young girl.”

Defence counsel Christopher Quinlan said, in mitigation, that the defendant would be “well into his 70s” upon release from prison and the last offence was several years ago.

Recorder Bartlett told Brown: “You have shown no remorse for your conduct.”

He added that the victim of the most rapes had said: “It’s completely ruined my life.

“I physically hate him with all I’ve got.”

Brown must put his details on the Sexual Offenders Register for life. The judge said he wanted to publicly thank prosecutor Mr Simon Laws and Mr Quinlan for their assistance during the case.

A Sexual Offences Prevention Order was not made as the judge said it was unnecessary under the circumstances.