January 2018

Rapist jailed for sex attack on 14-year-old in Ashington back lane

Sex attacker Ryan Brody raped a 14-year-old girl in a back lane after luring her to meet him for a cigarette.

Brody had previously contacted the victim when she was 12, requesting pictures of her tummy but was warned off by her family.

After taking drink and drugs, he got back in touch two years later and induced her to meet him in a series of late night messages.

A court heard the teenager agreed to see the 20-year-old in Ashington, believing she was just going to have a cigarette with him.

But when she got there he grabbed her hand, pulled her jeans and underwear down, sat her on a wall and raped her.

Despite her repeatedly telling him she wanted to go home, he then took her from the wall, laid her on her side and continued the sex attack.

Brody then warned the girl not to tell anyone what he had done but she later confided in a family member and Brody was arrested.

Now he has been locked up for six years and two months at Newcastle Crown Court after he pleaded guilty to rape.

The victim’s mum read out a statement on behalf of her daughter outlining the devastating impact the attack has had on her.

She said: “My life has changed since I was raped, I feel sad all the time.

“I don’t feel I can go out and see my friends anymore, I just stay in the house.

“I feel angry all the time at everything and everyone.

“The night times are the worst, I can’t sleep, I don’t want to sleep in case I dream about it.

“I have flashbacks all the time and I’ve lost a stone and have no appetite.

“I feel dirty and violated and I’m not the same person I was before. I feel my life has been taken away from me.

“He will be released from prison and be able to move on with his life but I will have to live with this forever.”

The victim’s mum added in her statement, which was read in court by her partner: “It’s been utter hell for her.

“She has tried to take her life on many occasions and said she didn’t want to be here.

“She can’t sleep and she sees it happening when she closes her eyes.

“It’s not right for a 14-year-old to be given tablets just to get to sleep.

“This has had a major impact, not only on her but all the family.

“Brody is responsible for that and we want him to pay for what he has done.

“She will have to live with this for the rest of her life.

“She is a child and she should have been able to remain a child.”

The court heard it was around midnight one night last June that Brody started messaging the girl.

Jo Kidd, prosecuting, said: “They were inducements to come to meet him.

“(The victim’s) understanding was the purpose was he wanted a cigarette and believed she could provide him with one.”

By the time the pair met, it was around 1.30am.

Miss Kidd said: “He grabbed her hand and pulled her down towards a wall.

“At that point he pulled her jeans and knickers down, sat her on the wall, lowered his trousers and underwear and raped her.

“She had told him repeatedly she wanted to go home and didn’t want it to happen.

“When he was leaving he told her she was not to tell anyone.”

The girl didn’t tell anyone to begin with but her mum and stepdad noticed she seemed anxious and distressed and she eventually reported what had happened.

Brody, formerly of Bamburgh Terrace, Ashington, who has no previous convictions, initially denied the allegation and claimed he had an alibi but eventually pleaded guilty to rape.

As well as being sent to a young offender institute for six years and two months, he was given a sexual harm prevention order and must sign the sex offenders register.