Child rapist sent down for 10 years

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A rapist who attacked a ‘vulnerable and drunk’ 12-year-old girl in Ilkeston has been jailed for 10 years.

James Brandrick, who was 19 at the time of the attack, took advantage of the girl after they met in the street and swapped ‘flirtatious’ remarks.

He followed her to a secluded spot at the back of the Aldi supermarket in Heanor Road and they began kissing.

She then asked him to stop but he ignored her pleas and raped her.

Derby Crown Court was told that since the attack the victim, who cannot be identified by law, ‘constantly looks over her shoulder because she is so scared’.

An impact statement read out by Mark Watson, prosecuting, said the girl ‘starts to run when she hears noises’, ‘won’t go out without her family’ and ‘cries herself to sleep’.

A police spokesman said she told her parents about the rape and they phoned police who arrested, questioned and then charged Brandrick.

He denied the charges and forced witnesses to give evidence at a trial at the end of which a jury found him guilty of one count of rape and another of assault by penetration.

Judge John Burgess, sentencing Brandrick, now 20, said: “You took advantage of the vulnerability of a young girl, she was 12 at the time.

“She had drunk too much, she was out on the street and there was some exchange of words between you of a sexual nature.

“You followed her and took her behind a supermarket where there was some consensual kissing. She did not want to go any further but you ignored that.

“She was vulnerable because of her age and because she was drunk.”

The incident took place on the evening of December 10, 2011.

The exact details were not read out in court yesterday (Wednesday) but, after the hearing, a police spokesman said the attack happened between 8.30pm and 10pm.

Police would not release a photograph of Brandrick because it was felt the victim could be traumatised if she saw it in the media.

Mr Watson read out the full impact statement that the victim gave to the police.

He said: “She describes how this has affected her confidence and how she is constantly looking over her shoulder because she gets scared.

“She said she does not trust people and cries herself to sleep. She was once a bubbly person but now shuts herself away.

“She does not believe she is able to get back what he has taken away from her.

“The victim says he has taken away from her what childhood she still had.”

Mr Watson read out a second impact statement from the victim’s mother. In it she said since the rape her daughter had ‘gone from being a beautiful, confident young lady to being angry, to having a frightened and angry demeanour’.

Mr Watson said: “The victim’s mother wants Mr Brandrick to be aware of the impact this has had on her family. It has been devastating.”

Brandrick, of West End Drive, looked towards his family when he was told he would be jailed for 10 years. A woman in the public gallery burst into tears.

Avik Mukherjee, for the defendant, said his client had not deliberately targeted the victim because of her age.

He said: “He is still very young and this is an isolated incident. He is going to spend the best part of his 20s in custody.”