September 2016

Paedophile jailed for 17 years for abusing two girls

A paedophile who abused two girls was told his offences were “shameful and serious” as he was jailed for a total of 17 years.

Andrew Brooks pleaded guilty to charges of rape, sexual assault, causing or inciting a child to engage in a sexual act and to watch a sexual act, taking and possessing indecent photos of a child.

The 49-year-old, of Norwich Gardens, Bulwell, was sentenced by Judge Timothy Spencer QC at Nottingham Crown Court today.

“These are shameful and serious offences,” he told an emotionless Brooks in the dock. “This is abuse and exploitation of a very grave nature. It’s effects will be wide-ranging and long-lasting and you bear a heavy burden.”

One of the girls had many difficulties in life, he said, and, in his judgement, Brooks had preyed on that and taken particular advantage of her.

Brooks abused her on a number of occasions over three years, probably starting in the summer of 2008.

Judge Spencer described to the court the activity Brooks had engaged in on a number of occasions, describing that in itself as being “extremely serious” and gave him “no alternative other than to impose a substantial period in prison.”

He also stressed that if the defendant stopped there and “restrained his sexual urges”, then his sentence would have stopped there.

But the judge asked him: “Did you stop? No. Did you restrain your sexual urges? No.”

Brooks took advantage of a girl from the age of eight years and his sexual abuse of her went way beyond what had happened to the first girl.

The girl had performed a sexual act on the defendant and she also had to look at images of sexual acts at an age when she was far too young to cope with what she had seen, the court heard.

“That was plainly part of the grooming process, preparing her for the acts,” added Judge Spencer.

When first confronted about the allegations, the judge said the defendant had tried to “brazen it out” and denied it, but an “excellent police investigation” had uncovered evidence which had forced him to confront the truth.

The judge ordered Brooks, who wore casual clothing in the dock, that he would serve an extra year on licence after he is released and will be subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and a restraining order.

Brooks’s barrister said the year’s extension would mean his client would have to do longer in prison – two-thirds of his sentence before he is released