A child rapist branded ‘evil’ by a judge is likely to die behind bars after a sustained ‘reign of terror’ on two victims.
David Brown, aged 74, whose address was listed as Scott Road, Pitsmoor in Sheffield, was branded an ‘evil degenerative brute’ by Judge Paul Watson QC who sentenced him to 21 years in prison.
Mr Watson QC told Sheffield Crown Court the case involved the most ‘harrowing’ accounts of sexual abuse he had ever encountered.
He said: “It’s nearly impossible not to be moved by the sheer abuse the victims have suffered and I will have to put emotion to one side in making sure that justice is administered correctly.”
Paul Reid QC, prosecuting, told the court that Brown raped, sexually assaulted and beat the two victims, who are now adults, ‘countless times’ in the 1980s.
The court heard Brown’s evil reign was kept in line by brutal beatings with belts and sticks and threats the victims would be killed.
Brown also gave the two victims ‘hardcore’ pornographic material for ‘sex education’ purposes and made them eat dog biscuits.
Mr Reid added that one of the victims, then aged 12, took an overdose of paracetamol after being raped by Brown.
The victim said they ‘couldn’t live with herself anymore’ and that ‘no 12-year-old should have to go through that at such a young age’.
Vanessa Saxton, defending, told the court that Brown ‘did accept’ some culpability for what he had done after pleading guilty on the first day of an earlier trial.
Brown appeared via video-link from Doncaster prison because he was too ill to attend in person.
Ms Saxton added the 74-year-old now had ‘physical difficulties’.
Judge Watson told him: “Today marks the end for you and you will serve justice.
“You are an evil, degenerative brute, who inflicted a reign of terror backed up by sustained violence.
“Both victims have spoken of invisible scars that will never heal and carry with them for the rest of their lives.
“Reading the victim impact statements has been one of the most harrowing experiences I have ever undertaken.”
DC Helen Barrett said: “The victims have shown admirable courage in coming forward to the police and reliving the horrific and prolonged abuse they suffered at Brown’s hands.
One of the victims thanked police in their efforts to put Brown behind bars.
The victim said: “I would like to take the opportunity to thank DC Helen Barrett and assisting members of the Sheffield Child Abuse Investigation Team for the sensitivity that they have shown whilst investigating this case.
“They listened and believed us, which meant so much and gave us the courage to carry on to the end and we are so grateful the Team is there to deal with victims such as us, as without their commitment and dedication, justice would not be done and perpetrators such as Brown would continue to abuse and go unpunished.”
DC Barret added: “No sentence will ever take away the pain that he inflicted on his victims and the lives that he has ruined. However, I am pleased that he has received a lengthy sentence, commensurate with the offences committed, and hope that this gives the victims some comfort.
“This case is another example of our commitment to tackling child sexual abuse and bringing perpetrators to justice, no matter when the crime took place.
“I would urge any victims of child sexual abuse to report it to South Yorkshire Police.”