February 2015

Leeds pervert jailed for sexually abusing two children

A SERIAL sex offender has been jailed for six years over offences against two children carried out more than two decades ago.

Craig Brumfield, 46, was sentenced after a court heard how he preyed on a young boy and a girl in the early 1990s.

The female victim made a complaint to police shortly after the offending but no action was ever taken against Brumfield despite him already having a conviction for rape at that time.

Leeds Crown Court heard the victim had spent much of her time growing up feeling that no one believed her.

The offences against the children took place when Brumfield was living in the Middleton area of Leeds.

He had recently been released from custody for an offence of rape when he targeted the youngsters

Brumfield was interviewed about offences against the female victim in 1994 but denied any offending.

He was arrested in 2013 when the male victim made a complaint against him.

The court heard Brumfield, now of Hylton Road, Sunderland, pleaded guilty to three offences of indecent assault and two of gross indecency with a child. The offences took place between 1991 and 1993 when Brumfield was aged in his early twenties.

Kate Batty, prosecuting, said the female had felt withdrawn from society throughout her life as a result of the offences. Brumfield was also convicted of two sex assaults on a 14-year-old girl in 2004.

For those offences he was given an extended prison sentence of nine years.

Brumfield was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life.

Alexander Burns, mitigating, asked judge James Spencer, QC, to give Brumfield credit for his early guilty plea.

He said his client had spared the victims the ordeal of having to come to court to give evidence at a trial.

Mr Burns said Brumfield was abusing drink and drugs at the time he committed the offences against the youngsters.

The barrister said Brumfield had already served lengthy prison sentences for sex offences.

He added that Brumfield was realistic about the fact that he would be facing another long period in custody.

Judge Spencer said: “You had a terrible impact on those two children because of their age and because of the weird, strange things that you were doing to them.

“They will have lived these events many times over in their own minds since it happened.”