July 2017

Prison support officer who raped teenage student at ‘karaoke party’ is jailed

A man who raped a teenage student has been branded a ‘predator’ and jailed for 12 years.

The prison support officer took advantage of the girl during a karaoke-themed house party.

Wernher Brion, who is more than 40 years older than his victim, targeted the 17-year-old while his wife worked a night shift as a nurse.

Brion was ‘desperate’ to have sex with the girl because she had her nipples pierced, the Old Bailey heard.

The 59-year-old once worked at the high-security jail Belmarsh, infamous for holding terrorists.

While at his address the victim began to feel unwell and was helped to a sofa in an unused room to allow her to sleep and recover.

Later in the evening Brion entered the room, used an armchair to barricade the door so the girl could not escape, and then raped her

The rape, which took place in Abbey Wood in London, was facilitated when the Brion ‘ingratiated’ himself with the students by buying them booze.

He had bought the group alcohol at a pub in Bexleyheath back in July 2015, and waited until the evening of July 19 to attack the girl.

Despite claiming the underage girl ‘fancied him’, he was convicted of rape and labelled a ‘danger’ to teens.

Recorder Malcolm Fortune said: ‘It was the route for you to meet your people and younger females in particular.

‘You took advantage of her. You were not only old enough to be her father but also her grandfather, something I regard as a serious aggravating factor.

‘By your actions you have grievously abused your position as a host and the trust that any ordinary and right-minded person would have expected you to observe when she was so affected by drink or tiredness.

‘You had preyed upon her from the start when she told you that she had pierced nipples.

‘I consider your actions to have been predatory to have satisfied any feelings of lust you may have had from being surrounded by young females.

‘I am satisfied you are dangerous given your attitude both in the past and presently, your behaviour towards her and your complete lack of insight as to the damage and harm you have inflicted.

‘This was the rape of a vulnerable young woman who has now suffered severe psychological damage.’

Brion was handed a 12-year sentence with an extended licence period of three years, guaranteeing he will serve at least eight years.