July 2017

‘Cowardly and pathetic’ rapist jailed 

Cowardly. Persistent. Aggressive. Pathetic.

Those were words used to describe rapist Andrew Brown as a judge jailed him for over a decade.

The 25-year-old was branded a “significant risk” to women after a jury convicted him of a sex attack which almost destroyed the victim’s life.

In court he was portrayed as manipulative monster, who controlled women and left them living in fear.

“In many ways you believed that you owned her,” said Recorder Nicholas Barker about the victim.

“At times you played with her emotions until they were frayed.

“You gained her confidence and then shattered it.”

Some of his victims bravely revealed the cruel physical and mental abuse Brown inflicted on them.

One claimed he even manipulated her into get a restraining order against her own parents.

And his ten-and-a-half year jail sentence includes 18 months for a beating against one woman that was so brutal, the skin peeled off his knuckle due to the ferocity of his punches.

Teesside Crown Court heard on Thursday he continued that attack even AFTER she fell unconscious.

In a statement, the assault victim – who he wasn’t convicted of raping – said she fled from Brown to stay at a pal’s house.

But she was so brainwashed by his controlling abuse, she would find herself asking the friend for permission just to go to the shop.

“No one should ever go through what I’ve gone through,” she said.

However both she and the rape victim may now never have to see Brown again after he was slapped with an indefinite restraining order against the pair.

Appearing via video link from Durham Prison, Brown displayed little emotion as he was sentenced – and was seen at times playing with his hair.

Brown, who denied the rape, was jailed for nine years for the sex attack alone.

He was handed a two-year sentence for a separate harassment which would run concurrently while an “unavoidable” 18 month sentence for the attack will run consecutively.

Brown, formerly of Tothill Avenue, Netherfields, must sign the sex offender’s register for life.

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