March 2019

‘My father is an evil monster’

A man is speaking out for the first time to call for his killer father to never be released from prison after he was jailed for murdering his own daughter when she fell pregnant with his baby.

Shane Brown, 27, from Chorley, Lancashire, was 12 when his dad Sean Brown, then living in Darwen, Lancashire and then aged 35, killed his 14-year-old sister Carry-Ann Brown, and has vowed to ‘never forgive’ the ‘evil monster’.

Carry-Ann, who had a mental age of seven, had been removed from his care after authorities discovered she’d been impregnated. The baby was aborted on the orders of a high court judge, and DNA tests were ordered.

Knowing the results would reveal him as the father, Brown lured Carry-Ann away from foster carers and drugged her with sleeping tablets before speeding down the M6 motorway in Cumbria, deliberately smashing through a fence and rolling down a steep embankment in an attempt to kill them both.

Carry-Ann suffered head injuries and died in hospital five days later. 

Brown pleaded guilty to murder and having unlawful sexual intercourse with his daughter at Preston Crown Court and was jailed for life in 2004. 

But Shane – now a dad-of-two himself – is fearful of his father’s release, due in 2023, and thinks he should never be allowed out of prison.

Talking about Brown, Shane said: ‘He is an evil monster and should never see the light of day again. What he did to my sister is completely unforgivable.

The full-time dad said: ‘I’ll never forgive my father for what he did. He completely destroyed our family.

‘He is an evil monster and should never see the light of day again. What he did to my sister is completely unforgivable.

‘He took her life – so he should never get to live his on the outside world.’ 

Shane says his childhood was not a happy one and he spent his time treading on egg shells around his volatile father.

‘Dad was a very controlling person,’ Shane recalled. ‘He manipulated the whole family – not just my mum and my siblings, but our aunts, uncles and grandparents.

‘Dad was a skinny guy but he was knocking on for 6ft. He always wore black, had stubble and a bald head and tattooed arms.

‘He was conniving and manipulative. You did as he said or you suffered the consequences. I spent my whole childhood living in fear of him.’

Shane was one of Brown’s five children. He had three brothers – two older and one younger – and one sister, Carry-Ann.

He said Carry-Ann received preferential treatment from the outset compared to the boys, claiming: ‘Dad had a very short temper and was diagnosed with schizophrenia.

‘He was violent and aggressive. He’d lose his rag over absolutely anything. For no reason at all, he’d find us just to hit us.

‘We used to witness Dad beating up our mum every day. He’d flip over the tiniest of things.

‘He’d demand she made him beans on toast and if it wasn’t ready exactly when he wanted it he’d go into the kitchen and smash her in the face with a tin of beans out of the cupboard. 

‘I was pretty clued up when I was younger and used to say to my brother, ‘When I hit 14 I’m going to pack my bags and leave home’.

‘But my sister was treated differently – Carry-Ann never got hit.’

Shane explained it was only as he got older that he began to understand why Carry-Ann was put on a pedestal by their father.

‘As a child you don’t really understand it, you just think it’s normal, but as you get older you look back and realise how wrong it is,’ he said.

‘Dad and Carry-Ann would kiss each other on the lips. She had learning difficulties and the mental age of a seven-year-old. She thought she was going to marry Dad – she knew no different.

‘She used to suffer from epilepsy, and as Dad was her carer he would insist they needed to share a bed so he could keep a close eye on her during the night.

‘He forced mum to sleep in Carry-Ann’s bed in a separate room and us boys all had our own room. We also lived with my nan and grandad.

‘He said it was all because he needed to look after her, but we found out that wasn’t the case at all – he was preying on her.’

Shane said his father was the dominant personality in the household, dictating everything that went on, while Carry-Ann was flattered by and enjoyed her dad’s attentions. 

A sexual relationship developed between them when she was just 13 – and Brown’s strong personality ensured it continued.

When Carry-Ann became unwell, her family became suspicious.

Shane said: ‘Carry-Ann was throwing up for a few weeks. My granddad became very concerned about it and told Dad he needed to take her to the doctors – so he did.

‘He came back an hour later with Carry, saying that she was pregnant. Everyone knew it was his.’

The baby was aborted in July 2003 on the orders of a high court judge.

‘To find out who was the father of Carry-Ann’s baby, they took DNA tests on every male in the household – even my little brother who was about eight at the time,’ Shane recalled.

‘Dad knew it was his, so to avoid taking them he ran away to Leeds, but he was caught and arrested.

‘They performed a DNA test and released him while they were investigating.’

Brown was arrested on suspicion of unlawful sex but was released on police bail pending paternity tests on the aborted foetus, while Carry-Ann was taken into foster care.

Shane said: ‘We could go and visit her once a week as long as her social worker was there too.

‘My dad, brother and mum went along and that day when we came home afterwards, Dad said he was going to go and pick up Carry-Ann from McDonalds. She was based just two minutes away from the fast food chain.

‘He had found out where she lived with her foster family – she must have told him – and had secretly arranged it with her. He told us, ‘I’m just waiting for a phone call off Carry’.

‘He sat by the phone for three to four hours waiting for her to ring. Eventually he disappeared. He’d previously told us that he and Carry-Ann wanted to die in a suicide pact.

‘He was so controlling, we all felt powerless to stop him. We stayed awake all night, we were worried sick about Carry-Ann and where he had gone with her.

‘The next thing we knew it was 3 or 4am and police contacted us to say Carry had been involved in a car accident in Cumbria.

‘We found out she was in hospital and Dad had been clipped by a lorry. He had gone to a motorway bridge and officers were trying to talk him down to stop him from jumping. We were all just so confused.’

The family were informed that Carry-Ann had been in the car and although she had survived the smash she was rushed to hospital in a life-threatening condition.

Shane explained: ‘Dad had given Carry-Ann sleeping tablets and lay her down in the back of the car.

‘He then drove from Carlisle to Cumbria and swerved down an embankment, through a fence and then down a cliff.

‘Incredibly he survived and jumped out. Carry was left fighting for her life. She was rushed to hospital and had metal plates inserted in her head.

‘She was put in a coma before they decided to turn off her life-support machine after five days. She died from a severe head injury and internal bleeding. Mum went to see her in hospital but we were too young.

‘We didn’t have the opportunity to say goodbye to her. It felt like she was cruelly robbed from us. Dad meanwhile had run onto the motorway trying to kill himself. He was clipped by a lorry which broke his arm.

‘Police police found him on a motorway bridge threatening to jump off and tried to talk him out of it for an hour and half.’ 

Brown was arrested and held in custody, awaiting a trial.

Shane said: ‘At first he was saying he wasn’t guilty and we were preparing to go to court and testify against him.

‘Two days before the court date he changed his plea to guilty. We didn’t go to the sentencing – we weren’t allowed any contact with him because we were so young but mum went along.’

Brown admitted murder and unlawful sexual intercourse at Preston Crown Court.

Sentencing him to life imprisonment with a minimum tariff of 19 years, Judge Peter Openshaw said Brown had killed Carry-Ann and tried to kill himself because he could not live with the consequences of impregnating his daughter. He was also given 21 months on the unlawful sex charge. 

Shane claims the aftermath of Carry-Ann’s death and the court case that followed devastated his once close-knit family.

He said: ‘It tore the whole family apart. Despite the way Dad was with us all, we were a very close family. Now it’s just me, my wife and the kids.’

‘I barely speak to my brothers and I don’t have much to do with my mum, aunties or uncles. Nan died a few years after it happened and Granddad doesn’t speak to us. It’s like he blames us for what happened.’

Shane has now found happiness with his partner Claire, 28, a support carer, and is dad to a five-year-old and two-year-old.

He said: ‘Now that I’ve got children of my own it’s made me see it all from a different perspective.

‘I’d never let anyone harm one of my kids and can’t believe just how evil my dad was to do what he did to Carry-Ann.

‘He’s due to be released from prison in a few years, but he should never see the light of day again. He should rot behind bars forever.’ 

March 2004

Abuser jailed for daughter murder

A sex attacker has been jailed for life for the murder of his daughter.

Sean Brown, 35, gave Carry-Ann, 14, sleeping tablets before speeding off on the M6 motorway in Cumbria, and then crashing down a steep embankment.

Brown, of Huntington Drive, Darwen, Lancashire, was jailed at Preston Crown Court on Tuesday after admitting murder and unlawful sexual intercourse.

He had previously said they wanted to die in a suicide pact after she became pregnant by him.

The foetus was aborted by court order in July 2003.

Brown, a father-of-five, survived the crash but Carry-Ann, who had mental health problems and a mental age of seven, suffered massive head injuries and died in hospital five days later, on 19 August last year.

Before the crash, Brown had been arrested on suspicion of unlawful sex but had denied it.

He was freed on police bail while paternity tests were carried out on the foetus.

The test results were still pending when Brown crashed the car on August 14, after picking Carry-Ann up in secret from her foster home.

Sentencing him to life imprisonment, with a minimum tariff of 19 years, Judge Peter Openshaw said Brown killed Carry-Ann, and tried to kill himself, because he could not live with the consequences of impregnating his daughter.

He said: “He decided to end his life and he also decided to murder his daughter.

“This was a deliberate and carefully planned killing.

“He lured her away from the foster parents, with whom she had been placed for her own safety, and he may even have told her some of what he intended to do.

“But because of her impaired intellect, frankly she had no real understanding of what he intended.”

He added Brown’s desire to kill himself since the murder should not be taken into account when sentencing.

After the crash, Brown tried to kill himself by running in front of a lorry but he was only clipped by the vehicle.

He was also sentenced to 21 months imprisonment for the unlawful sex charge.

Defence barrister Peter Wright QC said: “He is wracked with remorse and he is contrite at the destruction he has wreaked on the family and the precious life of his daughter.”

Prosecuting barrister Alan Conrad QC said Brown told Carry-Ann when she was 13 that she should sleep with him to control her epilepsy.

Brown’s wife was told to sleep in another room.

Mr Conrad said: “All the other family members saw the relationship as unnatural but the defendant’s dominant personality ensured it continued.”