October 2018

What Derby paedophile told victim as he attacked her

Andrew Garlick was jailed for 13 years

A “depraved” paedophile from Derby plied an underage girl with cocaine before sexually abusing her at his Alvaston home.

Derby Crown Court was told how, while he carried out his sick abuse, Andrew Garlick told her to “shut up and stop being mardy”.

The 35-year-old also touched the girl sexually and tried to force her to carry out sex acts on him after buying her alcohol.

In a victim personal statement the girl said the ordeal at the hands of her “disgusting” abuser left her feeling like she was “underwater screaming but no-one could hear her”.

The woman took the brave decision to face her attacker from the public gallery to see him jailed for 13 years.

Judge Robert Egbuna said: “You stole her innocence, your acts were morally corrupt in pursuit of your self-gratification.

“This was disgusting behaviour towards her and one count, in particular, illustrates your depravity.

“You took her to a bar, bought her alcohol then introduced her to cocaine.

You then followed her into a living room and sexually abused her.

“When she told you not to your retort was to tell her to ‘shut up and stop being mardy’.

“Alcohol and drugs were used to commit these offences, there was an element of grooming, a disparity in ages and you used no contraception.”

Mark Achurch, prosecuting, said the abuse took place when the girl was under the age of 16.

He said: “The defendant took her to a bar where he bought her alcohol.

“Later at his home he got her to try cocaine and she started to feel unwell attributing this to the drugs. He then had sex with her.”

Outlining a second sex attack, which took place two months later, Mr Achurch said Garlick, of Sandalwood Close, gave the victim more cocaine and alcohol before the pair ended up at his address where he had sexually abused her.

Mr Achurch said the girl plucked up the courage to go to the police earlier this year about what she had suffered at the hands of Garlick.

They arrested him and he initially denied anything had happened.

But he later pleaded guilty to charges of sexual activity with a child and sexual assault of a child.

On a victim impact statement, the woman said: “He gave me drugs and alcohol and I feel disgusted he did that.

“I felt like I was underwater screaming as hard as I could but no-one could hear me.”

As well as the 13-year jail term, Judge Egbuna handed Garlick a lifetime sexual harm prevention order and ordered him to remain on the sex offender’s register for the rest of his life.