June 2017

Convicted paedophile jailed for 13 years

A convicted paedophile who went on to sexually abuse a very young child has been jailed for 13 years after a judge found he was a continuing danger.

Under the extended sentence, Nicholas Brand will have to serve two thirds before the parole board will consider his release.

He will be on licence for a further six years.

The 54-year-old former bus driver, of High Street, Chatham, groomed the victim and repeatedly assaulted her.

He denied two offences of assault by penetration but was convicted by a jury at Maidstone Crown Court in May.

Brand was in 1996 jailed for 18 months for the abuse of two children, aged seven and nine, while lodging in a pub.

Judge Julian Smith described the latest offending as “grotesque”.

He added: “You are a danger to young children. You cannot be trusted to be left alone with any young child.

“The child was extremely vulnerable.There is grooming behaviour. Opportunistic it may have been, but it was organised and persistent.”

Brand, a father of two, did not give evidence at his trial and did not ask his lawyer to question the victim.

Judge Smith said the girl “spoke compellingly” at the trial about her experience. “Harm is inevitable with a child so young,” he added.

A sexual harm prevention order was imposed banning Brand from any contact with children.

His name will appear on the sex offenders’ register for life and he will be barred from working with children and vulnerable adults.