Pensioner jailed for 17 years for sex abuse of two young girls
A pensioner has been jailed for 17 years for sex offences against two young girls in Huddersfield.
The abuse happened when the youngsters visited the home of Tony Brooks and included attempts to rape one of the girls when she was aged just seven or eight.
Sentencing Brooks, 74, at Leeds Crown Court today , Judge Penelope Belcher said: “I recognise you have health problems but none of that stopped you doing any of this.”
Brooks, of Penistone Road, Waterloo, was found guilty by a jury of two offences of attempted rape, four of sexual assault, one of causing a child to engage in sexual activity and one of a further assault on the older girl and two of sexual assault on his other victim when she was aged five or six.
Michael Greenhalgh, prosecuting, said Brooks had shown elements of grooming and planning in his offences.
Mark Brookes, representing the defendant, said he understood a lengthy jail sentence would be imposed but said any jail term would be particularly hard on his wife who is registered blind.
Judge Belcher told Brooks – who will be 75 next Monday – the jury had clearly believed the account of the two girls when he had chosen not to give evidence including graphic details and a drawing by one girl of his private parts.
“That a child of that age should be able to give such a description no doubt the jury shared my view that she must have seen it,” the judge said.
The older girl described during visits to Brooks home how he started by kissing her on the lips and progressed to touching her chest area.
He then began touching her indecently.
The other girl also said he kissed her and touched her chest area.
Judge Belcher added: “What is clear is from the evidence is that this was a situation which built up gradually. You gained the trust of those children.”
She said it was only when the older girl’s behaviour noticeably changed that suspicions were aroused and one of the girls when questioned then told about what had happened, saying she had not felt able to tell anybody before that.
Judge Belcher said she would clearly need counselling as a result of the impact on her.
She said no fault was attributable to their families who had no reason to suspect Brooks.
“The blame and responsibility is entirely yours,” she told him. “You are the one who carried out these acts of abuse against these young girls.”