September 2017

73-year-old man given 22 years in jail for sex offences against young girls

A 73-year-old man has been jailed for 22 years for a string of sexual offences against young girls under 16, including rape.

Alan Brown, of Poplar Farm Park, Totternhoe, in Bedfordshire, was found guilty of 18 sexual offences in King’s Lynn crown court.

The offences took place over a decade starting in the early 1970s whilst he was living near King’s Lynn.

But a police investigation did not take place until 2015.

On Wednesday, Brown was convicted of two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, 13 indecent assaults and three counts of rape.

Appearing before Judge David Radford on Friday, Brown was told that he will remain on the sex offenders’ register for life.

Judge Radford added: “In a gross breach of trust, you used them for your own sexual gratification.”

He said Brown’s “predatory” behaviour had “corrosively permeated” the victims’ lives.

“The jury was sure there was no consent and you were entirely reckless to whether they were consenting,” judge Radford added.

“In reality, you couldn’t care less.

“As often is the case, the victims kept silent to others despite their inner turmoil, feelings of shame and disgust.

“What you did to them caused long term psychological harm.

“Your reaction to their trauma has been from the first to the last not one of regret but of denial.”

After Brown was given a 22-year prison sentence, the families of the two victims broke down in tears and embraced one another in the courtroom.

The husband of one of Brown’s victims said: “He had a short temper and was quick with his fists.”

Speaking about the trial, in which his wife had to give evidence, he said: “The details were most horrendous, she was not able to speak about it until the investigations started in 2015.”

But he said the length of Brown’s sentence was significant and just, adding: “It will be a step in moving on.

“This has always been a cloud and even on the day of the conviction a cloud was lifted.

“The strength of those two victims in carrying the weight of what happened to them and suffering the indignity of the police investigation in the last three years they are just incredible.”